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Ethnobotanical Studies among Villagers from Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, India

Author(s): R. Vijayalakshmi and R. Ranganathan*

Journal: Journal of Pharmacy Research
ISSN 0974-6943

Volume: 4;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 3083;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Ethnobotany | medicinal plants | medicinal uses | Cuddalore district

An ethnobotanical survey was carried out to collect information from traditional healers on the use of medicinal plants in (Villagers) Cuddalore district of tamil naduduring October 2008- April 2009. The indigenous knowledge of local traditional healers having practical knowledge of plants in medicine were interviewed in 10villages and native plants used for medicinal purposes were collected through questionnaire and personal interviews during field trips. A total of 60 plant species aredocumented in this study. The medicinal plants used by tribal are listed with botanical name, family, local name, parts used, mode of preparation and administration.The documented medicinal plants were mostly used to cure skin disease, poison bites, stomachache and nervous disorders, cough, fever, body pain, jaundice,rheumatism, dysentery, headache. This study showed that many people in the studied parts of cuddalore district still continue to depend on medicinal plants at leastfor the treatment of primary healthcare.The traditional healers are dwindling in number and there is a grave danger of traditional knowledge disappearing soon sincethe younger generation is not interested to carry on this tradition.

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