CONTENTS:- 1. The Scope and aims of Ethnobotany in a Developing World. 2. Ethnobotany: An Old Practice, A new Discipline. 3. Ethnobotanical Method and Fact : A Case Study. 4. Ethnobotany Today and in the Future. 5. Ethnobotanical Resources of Hot, Arid Zones of India. 6. Ethnopharmacology. 7. Ethnopharmacology - A Challenge. 8. The Urgent Need for the Study of Medicinal Plants. 9. Considerations in the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Ritual Hallucinogenic Plants. 10. Ethnomycology: Discoveries about Amanita Muscaria Point to Fresh Perspectives. 11. Neem in Niger: A New Context for a System of Indigenous Knowledge. 12. Ethnoveterinary Medicine and Development - A Review of the Literature. 13. The World of Tribal Healers. 14. Healing Practices among the Tribes of Uttaranchal. 15. Disease and Illness and their Ethnomedical Treatment among the Rathwas of Suskal, Gujarat. 16. Healing Practices amongst the Gaddi Tribe of Himachal Pradesh. 17. Bon Medicine Among Monpas in Western Arunachal Pradesh. 18. Technology Road Map for Herbals as Renewable Bioresource and Tribal Health Care. 19. Plant use among the Tribal of Jharkhand. 20. Science in Society: The Case of Tribal Medicine. 21. Ethnomedicine and Tribal Health: An Illustrative Appraisal. 22. Collaboration of Doctors and Nurses with Ethnomedical Practitioners. 23. With an Eye to Good Practice: Traditional Healers in Rural Communities. 24. Traditional Healers in Casamance, Senegal. 25. What Future for Traditional Chinese Medicine Outside China?
The Rural and tribal people living beyond the modern civilization had been dependent on herbs, and plants in forests form the time immemorial. Many of these plants are indeed very effective in curing diseases. Some practitioners of this primitive branch of medicine have become experts in the ethnopharmacology. Many herbs and plants used in curing various ailments during their practices of magico-sorcery create hallucinogenic effects on the subject and thus brings about the psychological relief. Plants like Neem serve in various ailments. The tribal healers ranging from Manipur, Nagaland, Nepal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet, etc., are the reservoir of the traditional herbal knowledge. This branch of folk medicine is a science of rural and tribal society. The books shows how the shamans combine their herbal wisdom with the magico-sorcery to create psychosomatic effects on their clients. It is a must read for the serious readers.