The Tibetan Plateau region is estimated to contain 10,000 species of plants, of which more than 1,000 have any medicinal value.
Below we are giving you a few examples of medicinal plants from Ladakh. We display these plants here for various reasons. Either they are important in the Tibetan medical systems. Or they can serve as an example to explain about the specific problems and views of Tibetan medicine in Ladakh. Finally, some of these plants or their close relatives are known in the west as well and they can serve as a bridge between the two traditions, to show similarities and differences.
The descriptions of the plants which we present here are basically just a few field notes which we took during our excursions while herbarzing these plants. These plants have been selected from a collection of about 200 plants which we herbarized from '92 to '94.
Presently a new book, a "Materia medica of Tibetan Medicine" written by Dr. Pasang Yonten, is being edited. You are welcome to enquire and we will keep you informed once the book is available.
Plantago aff. depressa
Koelpinia linearis Pallas
Clematis ladakhiana Grey-Wilson
Juniperus macropoda Boiss. (J.excelsa M.B.)
Codonopsis clematidea (Schrenk) Clarke
Aconitum aff. violaceum
Rheum aff. webbianum
Bistorta affinis (D.Don) Greene (Polygonum affine)
Taraxacum spp. agg.
Pedicularis longiflora var. tubiformis
Swertia thomsonii Clarke
Dactylorhiza hatagirea (D.Don) Soo