ETHNOGYNAECOLOGICAL DISORDERS OF MEDICINAL PLANTS USED BY TRIBAL PEOPLE IN GEDAMALAI, NAMAKKAL DISTRICT, SOUTHERN EASTERN GHATS, TAMIL NADUAbstract
The present exploration is an attempt to an ethnobotanical study was conducted in Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu, for the investigation of a medicinal plant used to treat several diseases by the local health healers by Gedamalai Tribes, Namakkal District. Data were collected during March 2015-January 2016. Quantitative analysis, including the informant consensus factor and use-value was performed to evaluate the medicinal plants. A total of 40% of women reported high affiliation with herbal remedies for gynecological problems, while others attribute was also positive for medicinal plants. A total of 27 species belonging to 23 genera and 19 families were recorded. This result also proved that the plant is used either the whole plant or various parts like leaves, stem, root, flower, seed, etc. The plant parts are used in the form of decoction, juice, paste, and powder. These plants were used to treat gynecological disorders. The botanical names, families, vernacular names were also given along with medicinal uses.
R. Rajeswari and S. Murugesh *
Department of Botany, School of Life Sciences, Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.
18 February 2019
28 March 2019
17 April 2019
01 December 2019