ETHNOVETERINARY PRACTICES IN INDIA: A REVIEW
Dilpreet Kaur, Kamal Jaiswal and Suman Mishra*
Ethno veterinary practices involve the traditional beliefs, knowledge, practices and skills pertaining to healthcare and management of livestock. The Indian subcontinent has rich ethno veterinary healthcare traditions and practices that are the products of decades of experiences of local people. Presently this treasure of knowledge has confined only in rural India. In sub urban areas of India, livestock holders find an integrated approach with the use of modern medicines along with the ethnic practices and knowledge. The traditional knowledge of veterinary health care practices and drug preparations is handed down orally from generation to generation, therefore, it is less systematic and less formulized. The present paper deals with a the status of herbal remedies for animal diseases in India and provides information on the botanical identity, specific preparations and mode of administration of the plant/plantâ€™s part for treatment of various disorders of livestock. Various references in published articles, books/book chapters available in print as well as online that had recorded the use of ethno veterinary practices performed by rural people were searched out and analysed to obtain data.
Keywords: ethno veterinary, veterinary health care practices, livestock diseases etc.
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