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Traditional Medicinal Usage of Tobacco – A Review

Sandeep Vishnu Binorkar, Dilip Khemji Jani.

The Tobacco plant attracted the attention of several investigations. It accounts for millions of deaths each year from cancer, emphysema and heart disease. Yet, in certain neurologic and psychiatric conditions, nicotine can have useful therapeutic effects. For tribes throughout North America, the use of traditional tobacco plants for spiritual, ceremonial and medicinal purposes goes back thousands of years. Most Indigenous nations have traditional stories explaining how tobacco was introduced to their communities, many of which emphasized the sacred properties of the plant, containing both the power to heal if used properly and the power to cause harm if used improperly. This article is written with the intention to reviews various traditional and folklore medicinal usage of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) all over the world.

Key words: Tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum, Ayurveda, Traditional, Medicinal.

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