Ethno-botanical study on the traditional healers in Pachamalai hills of Eastern Ghats, Tamilnadu, South India
M. Johnson Gritto, V. Nandagopalan, A. Doss
The present study was conducted to documentation the ethnomedicinal plants occurring in the local traditional healers of Pachamalai hills of Tamil Nadu, South India. The information on medicinal uses of plants is based on the interviews, structured questionnaires and discussion with traditional healers. Medicinally important 75 plants species, come under 47 families and 73 Genera. In the present study, Rubiaceae is most dominant family was used for the various ailments. The medicinal plants are prepared in the various forms such as decoction, infusion, fresh juice and crush the leaves are used as orally. Documentation of long-established knowledge on the ethno-medico uses of these plants is essential for conservation efforts for the plants resources and new drug development.