Folklore information from Assam for family planning and birth control

Int J Crude Drug Res. 1982 Nov;20(3):133-7. doi: 10.3109/13880208209055187.


PIP: The author collected folklore information on herbal treatments to control fertility from different parts of Assam, India. Temporary methods of birth control include Cissampelos pareira L. in combination with Piper nigrum L., root of Mimosa pudica L. and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis L. Plants used for permanent sterilization include Plumbago zeylanica L., Heliotropium indicum L., Salmalia malabrica, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis L., Plumeria rubra L., Bambusa rundinacea. Abortion is achieved through use of Osbeckia nepalensis or Carica papaya L. in combination with resin from Ferula narthex Boiss. It is concluded that there is tremendous scope for the collection of folklore about medicine, family planning agents, and other treatments from Assam and surrounding areas. Such a project requires proper understanding between the survey team and local people, tactful behavior, and a significant amount of time. Monetary rewards can also be helpful for obtaining information from potential respondents.

MeSH terms

  • Abortifacient Agents*
  • Abortion, Induced*
  • Asia
  • Contraception*
  • Contraceptive Agents
  • Contraceptive Agents, Female*
  • Culture*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Developing Countries
  • Family Planning Services
  • Folklore*
  • Health
  • Health Services
  • India
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Reproductive Control Agents*


  • Abortifacient Agents
  • Contraceptive Agents
  • Contraceptive Agents, Female
  • Reproductive Control Agents