Volume 3, Issue 2, April 2015, Page: 77-84
Diversity of Ethnomedicinal Plants in Bodamalai Hills Eastern Ghats, Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu
Raju Sathiyaraj, Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Ariyan Sarvalingam A., Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Arulbalachandran , Department of Botany, Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
Rama Koti Reddy, Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Received: Feb. 2, 2015;       Accepted: Mar. 5, 2015;       Published: Mar. 13, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.jps.20150302.16      View  3310      Downloads  372
Abstract
An Ethnobotanical survey was carried out among the tribes and villagers in Bodamalai Hills, Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu. The investigation revealed that, the traditional healers used 93 species of plants distributed in 85 genera and 44 families were used to treat various diseases. The documented medicinal plants were used to cure different ailments such as skin problems, cold, fever, cough, headache, diarrhea, fertility problems, toothache, stomach ache, wounds, diabetes, rheumatism, asthma, dysentery, small pox, bone fractures, ear ache, hair loss and poison (snake, scorpion and insect) bites etc. This study showed that the tribes and villagers still continue to depend on medicinal plants; however the traditional healers are on the decline because the younger members of the tribe have no interest and knowledge of this form of medicine as they have started moving towards the towns and cities. Therefore it is necessary to document the plants to effectively conserve them.
Keywords
Diversity, Ethnomedicine, Hindu Malaiyali Tribes, Bodamalai, Eastern Ghats, India
To cite this article
Raju Sathiyaraj, Ariyan Sarvalingam A., Arulbalachandran , Rama Koti Reddy, Diversity of Ethnomedicinal Plants in Bodamalai Hills Eastern Ghats, Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu, Journal of Plant Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 77-84. doi: 10.11648/j.jps.20150302.16
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