12 Easy to Find Medicinal Plants in Meghalaya

July 08, 2020

12 Easy to Find Medicinal Plants in Meghalaya

Looking back at my childhood, one of my earliest recollections of a very popular medicine was Anacin. Any time anyone in the family or within earshot of my father (a self-professed chemist) complained of a headache, he would immediately pull out a strip of the tablets and hand them out! Looking in deeper, I found that Anacin has been around and in use since 1916. And that got me thinking what would people have done before Anacin was invented? What about Paracetamol or Vicks VapoRub? And that’s when it occurred to me that these and many other so-called modern day medicines are but polished and packaged versions of traditional medicines. And they were all derived from medicinal plants, which were also a source of nourishment for our ancestors. And that brings me to Northeast India, which as a region accounts for 40% of the country’s flora! So it is no wonder that the people of the region have learnt how to use this abundance not only for nourishment but also for the treatment of ailments and diseases.Download a copy of the 54 medicinal plants & herbal remedies of Meghalaya

Here's My List of 12 Medicinal Plants in Meghalaya

I selected these plants because they are commonly used by the people of Meghalaya for every-day food and health purposes.

1. Potent Medicinal Ginger

Botanical name: Zingiber rubens Local name: Sying makhir (Khasi), Iching (Garo) Part used: Rhizome Used for: Malaria, fever, cough and cold, blood pressure Zingiber-rubens

2. Carambola

Botanical name: Averrhoa carambola  Local name: Soh pyrshong (Khasi) Amilenga (Garo) Part used: Fruit Used for: Treat jaundice, gallstone and malaria averrhoa caramboal soh pryshong amilenga Meghalaya

3. Galangal

Botanical name: Kaempfieria galanga Local name: Sying khmoh (Khasi), Wakpatra (Garo) Part used: Tubers Used for: indigestion, food poisoning, rheumatism, mouth ulcers Kaempfiera galangal

4. Long Pepper

Botanical name: Piper longum Local nameSohmarit khlaw Part usedSeeds Used for: cough and sore throat piper longum meghalaya

5. Begonia Josephii

Botanical name: Begonia Josephii Local name: Jajew Part usedWhole plant Used for: diarrhea and blood dysentery jajew medicinal plant meghalaya

6. Buckwheat

Botanical name: Fagopyrum esculentum  Local name: Jarain (Khasi) Part used: Leave Used for: high blood pressure and constipation jarain fagopyrum esculentum

7. Centella or Gotu kola

Botanical name: Centella asiatica Local name: Khlieng syiar (Khasi & Pnar) Part used: Whole plant Used for: stomach ache, diarrhea, acidity centella asiatica gotu kola Gotu Kola Medicinal Health Blends from Zizira

8. Gaultheria

Botanical name: Gaultheria fragrantissima Local name: La thynriat (Khasi) Part used: Leaves Used for: rheumatoid arthritis, body ache and migraine winter green meghalaya

9. Indian Bael

Botanical name: Aegle marmelos Local name: Soh bel (Khasi), Selpri (Garo) Part used: Barks, leaves, seeds, and fruits Used for: indigestion, heart diseases, diarrhea and dysentery soh bel aegle marmelos

10. Chameleon Plant

Botanical name: Houttuynia cordata Local name: Jamyrdoh (Khasi), Macha duribak (Garo) Part used: Whole plant Used for: treatment of cholera, dysentery and blood purification houttuynia cordata jamyrdoh

11. Polygonum

Botanical Name: Polygonum muricatum Local name: Jabuit (Khasi) Parts used: Leaf Used for: diarrhea polyhgonum muricatum jabuit

12. Fiscus Auriculata

Botanical Name: Fiscus Auriculata Local name: Lapong Parts used: Stem, Leaf, and fruit Used for: cholera, diarrhea and vomiting. fiscus auriculata lapong Do you know of any other plant that is easily available and used for home remedies? Let us know. Our store has a variety of healthy products which use fruits, plants and herbs native to Meghalaya. World's Best Turmeric - Zizira Lakadong turmeric

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