The Project "Scientific Evaluation and Product Development from the Folk Medicines of Sindh" was aimed to conduct a broad based scientific survey of the eyhnobotanic practices in Sindh. Folk medicines are used for common diseases such as kidney stone, dysentery, epilepsy, skin disorder etc.
Sindh the Second most populous province of Pakistan, blends in two regions of most developed and least developed. with a population over 32 million and land area of 141.014 Sq. Km.
Due to inadequate access to modern helthcare services. the majority of rural Sindh population differentiate from the well documented Unani (or Greco Arab) system of medicine practice in rest of the country.
People of province of Sindh have an unbroken tradition to use herbs and plants for medical purpose. Over 80% of Sindh population relies on traditional and folk medicines for primary healthcare needs. Unfortunately most of this reliable traditional and folk medicines for primary healthcare needs. Unfortunately most of this reliable traditional knowledge has not been documented and the knowledge base is slowly eroding. The province of Sindh also have over 2000 plants. many of them are medically important. They have been subjected to a systematic scientific investigation and evaluate their therapeutic investigation .New products will be develped and pre-clinical studies will be conducted wherever possible.
The scientist at the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry. University of Karachi, are working in the field of natural product and medicinal plant chemistry and have been recognized throughout the world for their original work in the field. The project was aimed to use a scientific approach to document, rationalize, and utilize folk knowledge and native flora of Sindh, in a systematic way.
The isolated rural areas of Sindh in fifteen divisions: as Thatta, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Shikharpur, Larkana, Sanghar, Khairpur, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Ghotki, Naushero Feroze, Tharparkar, Hyderabad and Dadu have been surveyed for ethnobotanic practices special thanks to the department of Planning and Development Governement of Sindh for their encouragement and financial support for this important project.