Ethnopharmacological Note: Use of Achyranthes aspera L. roots and Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. leaves by a folk medicinal practitioner of Bangladesh to treat menstrual disorders
Tarana Afrooz, Shahanoor Rohani, Mohammed Rahmatullah

Women in Bangladesh frequently suffer from menstrual problems such as dysmennorhea, menorrhagia, light and heavy bleeding during menstruation, and irregular period (Chowdhury, year not mentioned). Both urban and rural women feel shy in discussing these problems with physicians, who besides being unknown may also frequently are males. As a consequence, particularly rural women seek the help of folk medicinal practitioners (FMPs) or tribal medicinal practitioners (TMPs) with whom they are more at ease, because such practitioners not only may reside in the same village but also can be informed of the problem through a male relative of the woman.

Keywords: Achyranthes aspera, menstrual disorders