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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2019, Volume : 12, Issue : 11
First page : ( 5138) Last page : ( 5150)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2019.00890.4

An investigation on the ethnogynecological medicinal knowledge of the Birhor tribe of Chhattisgarh, India

Bain Babita1, Premi Jitendra Kumar2,*

1Ph. D. Research Scholar, School of Studies in Anthropology, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur (C.G)

2Associate Professor, School of Studies in Anthropology, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur (C.G)

*Corresponding Author E-mail: jitendra_rsu@yahoo.co.in

Online published on 9 April, 2020.



Gynecological disorder is a condition that affects female reproductive system, mainly breasts and organs in the pelvic area such as uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina, and vulva. Hence, the term encompasses a broad term of diseases that can affect female fertility such as pelvic inflammatory diseases and endometriosis.


To investigate and conserve the medicines and the ethnomedicinal knowledge regarding obstetrical and gynecological ailments among the Birhor tribe of Chhattisgarh.


Current research is based on two types of facts and data, one primary facts and data and the other secondary facts and data. The primary facts and data of this research have been gathered from the traditional delivery specialists of the Birhor tribe residing in six villages of Dharamjaigarh and Korba development blocks of Raigarh and Korba districts of Chhattisgarh state, respectively. Interview guide has been used for the collection of data for the present study, under which, a series of in-depth interview of the Birhor traditional gynecological specialist called Suien-Maien.

Results and discussion

A total of 25 types of medicine are described in this study. From this, the mastery of the medicinal knowledge of the Birhor tribe of Chhattisgarh can be gauged how high their level of medicinal knowledge is. the phytochemical and pharmacological properties of 32 different parts of different medicinal plants which are used by the Birhor tribe have been demonstrated in this paper, which based on previous researches are done in this regard.


On the basis of the above data and facts described in this research, it can be concluded that the medicinal knowledge of the Birhor tribe of Chhattisgarh is ultimately abundant and admirable. The drugs of Birhor tribe mentioned in this research should be given a scientific recognition by doing phytochemical, pharmacological and molecular tests. Along with this, royalty should also be given to the Birhor tribe of these medicines.



Ethnogynecology, Obstetric, Medicinal plants, Knowledge, Birhor Tribe.


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