Medicinal uses of animals as traditional medicines in the villages situated near by Darrah, Rajasthan, India


Madan Mohan Mahawar,
Govt. PG College sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, india.

Banwari lal sharma
Govt. Dungar College Bikaner, Rajasthan, India.

D P Jaroli
Department of Zoology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India.


The present study describes the traditional knowledge related to the use of different animals and animal-derived products as medicines by the people reside in the village situated near by Darrah, kota, Rajasthan, India. The field survey was conducted by performing interview through structured questionnaire with selected informants, who provided information regarding use of animals and their products in folk medicine. 18 animal species were recorded and they are used for 24 different ethnomedical purposes. Of the total 18 animal species reported, 9 (50%) included in IUCN red data list. Many protected animal species like peacock (Pavo cristatus Linnaeus, 1758), sambhar (Cervus unicolor, Kerr, 1792)), Spiny–tailed lizard (Uromastyx hardwickii, Gray, 1827) are also mentioned as medicinal resources. We suggest that this kind of traditional medicinal use should be included into the strategies of biodiversity conservation and management of faunistic resources. Further studies are required for experimental validation to confirm the presence of bioactive compounds in these traditional remedies and to emphasize more sustainable use of these resources.