Herbal potential of some plants from Shivalik hills of H.P, Northwestern Himalaya for treatment of waterborne diseases: A Review

Nitesh Kumar, Priya Kumari, Rakhi Gagotia, Sunita Saklani, Arvind Kumar


Water pollution is the significant pollution of rural areas and even in the cities pollution of water occurs when pollutants or contaminants are inducted into the natural surroundings intentionally or unintentionally. Water pollution is the discharge of impurities into water bodies like chemicals, microorganisms, radioactive energy, and heat. These substances are called water pollutants and obstruct the essential water utilization or the natural working of the ecosystem. The contaminated or polluted water causes many human diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, jaundice, polio (infantile paralysis), and trachoma (eye infection). Himachal Pradesh is a hilly state which is full of forests with characteristic medicinal wealth and floristic diversity. Mostly the peoples of Himachal Pradesh live in the rural areas and the vicinity of the forest. They are having a great reservoir of traditional knowledge regarding the use of local plants from the forest to treat various health problems. This study emphasizes the conventional use of some plants from the forest of Shivalik hills of Himachal Pradesh, the North-Western Himalayan region, for the cure of diseases that occurs because of water pollution.


Contaminated water, ethnomedicinal, Himachal Pradesh, Shivalik Hills, water pollution

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