Chakmak Stone. ( also to light fire (match)
Chakmak Patthar is a local name of Quarzite. According to reference literatures on Geology, Chakmak Patthar is abundant occurring mineral associated with almost all types of rock. As regard genesis it is of igneous origin and it is of secondary origin when silicious solution undergoes digenetic change. It has dielectric constants. It is having a tendency to change from alpha to beta Quartz when it is electrically charged. In Chhattisgarh, Chakmak Patthar is used as a source of medicine. It is used both internally as well as externally in treatment of many diseases. Through the Ethnobotanical surveys conducted in different parts of Chhattisgarh I have collected much information on its traditional uses. The traditional healers of Chhattisgarh Plains use Chakmak Patthar in order to hasten the process of child birth, externally. It is tied on the hips of pregnant women with the help of red coloured cloth and after delivery, the cloth as well as Chakmak Patthar are removed. Although the healers are unable to explain the mode of action and the science behind this use but they have deep faith in this use. They have acquired this knowledge from their ancestors and practicing it sincerely without any modification. The healers of other regions confirmed its miraculous effects but they use other promising alternatives. In reference literatures related to different systems of medicine in India, I have yet not found any detail regarding this use. I personally feel that there is a need for scientific investigation on this important aspect
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