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Ethnopharmacological Note: Use of Ficus benghalensis L. aerial roots by a folk medicinal practitioner of Bangladesh to treat blood dysentery
Lutfun Neesa, Samsun Nahar, Mohammed Rahmatullah

Ficus benghalensis L. (Moraceae family) is a common tree native to the Indian subcontinent, known in English as the banyan tree and in Bengali as ‘bot gach’. The tree produces propagating or aerial roots, which grow downwards. Various parts of the tree are considered to have medicinal values. Traditional healers of Kancheepuram district, Tamil Nadu, India, apply stem latex topically on heel cracks; young stems are used as toothbrus

Keywords: Ficus benghalensis, blood dysentery