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Article – Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Research

Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Research, Volume 2,Issue 1,2016 Pages 39-42

Ethnobotanical Study of Traditionally Used Medicinal Plants in Malayali Ethnic People of Pachamalai Hills, Tamil Nadu, India
S. Prabhu, S. Vijayakumar*

Medicinal plants are treating and preventing various diseases. There is urgency in recording such data. The aim of the present study is to identify plants collected for medicinal purposes by the ethnic people of Pachamalai hills of Tamil Nadu, India and to document prepare and use the traditional names of these plants. The ethno medicinal information’s were collected through interviews among ethnic people. A total of 27 species of plants distributed in 27 genera belonging to 18 families were identified as commonly used ethno medicinal plants by ethnic people in Pachamalai hills for the treatment of various ailments based on the disease affected body systems treated. Leaves are the most frequently used plant parts and most of the medicines are prepared in the form of paste, administrated orally, topically and brush. The most important In this study, documenting the medicinal plants and associated indigenous knowledge can be used for conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants in the area and for validation of these plant preparations for medicinal treatment of human beings. The study has various socioeconomic dimensions associated with the local communities.

Keywords: Medicinal Plants; Malayali Ethnic People; Pachamalai Hills;

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