ETHNOPHARMACOBOTANICAL INFORMATIONS OF SOME HERBACEOUS MEDICINAL PLANTS USED BY TODA TRIBES OF THIASHOLA, MANJOOR, NILGIRIS, WESTERN GHATS, TAMILNADU, INDIAAbstract
The present paper highlights the therapeutic uses of herbaceous medicinal plants used for various ailments by Toda tribe living in the pockets of Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu are inhabitants of Thiashola, Manjoor, Nilgiri District. A total of 32 plant species belonging to 18 families used by them as herbal medicines to treat several common diseases such as Asthma, antidote, contraceptive and night blindness, skin and stomach disorders, ulcer, common fever, rheumatism, bronchitis, cancer etc., Leaves are the most widely used plant part. During the present study it has been observed that the ethnobotanical systems and herbal medicines as therapeutic agents are of a paramount importance in addressing health problems of traditional communities. The indigenous knowledge available with these people plays an important role in quick and proper identification of natural resources.
S. Sharmila*, K. Kalaichelvi and P. Abirami
PG and Research Department of Botany, Vellalar College for Women, Thindal, Erode - 638012, Tamil Nadu, India.
22 May, 2014
01 August, 2014
16 September, 2014
01 January, 2015