Ethnomedicinal plants used by the Malayali Tribals of Pachamalai hills for wounds
M Saminathan, Dr. AC Tangavelou and A Murugananadham
In the present study, ethnomedicinal surveys were carried out among the Malayali tribes of Pachamalai hills in Tamil Nadu and documented the traditional knowledge on medicinal plants used by them for human health care with special reference to wounds. Totally 26 plant species belonged to 18 families and 26 genera were used for treating wounds by Malayali tribes residing in Pachamalai hills. All the documented information on ethnomedicinal plants for wounds were given alphabetically with correct Botanical name, family, local name, herbarium specimen, habit, flowering & fruiting, uses, dosage of preparation, method of administration along with the recommended diet prescribed by them. This study would provide a firsthand resource material and very useful for the ethnopharmacologist to develop herbal based antidote drug(s).