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Volume: 9, Issue: 8, August, 2019
DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2019.90818

Review Article

Review on an ethnomedicinal practices of wild mushrooms by the local tribes of India

Sanjit Debnath1, Bapi Debnath1, Panna Das2, Ajay Krishna Saha1

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Ethnic tribes use wild mushrooms as their traditional medicine as well as food items from ancient times throughout the world and its diverse uses will be helpful to prove different medicinal characterization. The main motive for documentation of this review work is to focus the ethnomedicinally important wild mushrooms of India, which are used by the tribal or local people of India along with their traditional names, various uses and preparation techniques for medical treatments. This review work out to display that there are almost 18 research reports on traditional use of wild mushrooms as medicine from 14 states of India. This documentation implied that at present there are 100 species of macrofungi which are belonged to 56 genera are used by the tribes or local people of India and they use them for common illness, various scared diseases, private diseases and also use as herbal medicines. Present findings exhibit that there are almost 24 modes of preparation for different ethnomedicinal uses. Therefore, there is an urgent necessity to document indigenous knowledge about wild medicinal mushrooms which are used by the tribal peoples belonging to different states of India as well as all over the world.


Ethnomycology, ethnomedicine, traditional mushrooms, ethnic tribes.

Citation: Debnath S, Debnath B, Das P, Saha AK. Review on an ethnomedicinal practices of wild mushrooms by the local tribes of India. J Appl Pharm Sci, 2019; 9(08):144–156.

Copyright: The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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