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International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushr.v15.i2.100
pages 211-220

Ethnomycological Studies of Some Wild Medicinal and Edible Mushrooms in the Kashmir Himalayas (India)

Shauket Ahmed Pala
Section of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal Srinagar, India
Abdul Hamid Wani
Section of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal Srinagar, India
Mohmmad Yaqoub Bhat
Section of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal Srinagar, India

RÉSUMÉ

The medicinal use of mushrooms has a very long tradition in Asian countries because of their use as a valuable tonic, food, and in herbal medicines. A study was carried out to document the indigenous uses of various mushrooms growing in the Kashmir Himalayas. After consulting local herbal healers (Hakims) and people from tribal communities inhabiting inaccessible hinterlands of the region regarding the use of mushrooms growing in their locality, it was found that 35 species of mushrooms belonging to different ecological and taxonomical groups were used for their nutritional and medicinal values. These mushrooms were used for their activities against a broad spectrum of diseases, ranging from simple skin diseases to present-day complex diseases such as diabetes and tumors.