Ethnomedicinal Plants Used for the Treatment of Skin-Related Ailments by the Kanikkars, an Indigenous Tribe Inhabiting Southern Western Ghats
The study of ethnobotany relating to any tribe is in itself a very intricate or convoluted process. An ethnomedicinal survey was carried out in ten Kanikkar tribe inhabited villages namely Kalapparai, Kayalkarai, Kodhayar, Koduthurai, Mangamalai, Maramalai, Mothiramalai, Mudavanpothai, Thachamalai and Thottamalai in Pechiparai Panchayat (forest range), Kalkulam Taluk, which form a part of the southern tip of Western Ghats region of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India. This paper documents the traditional knowledge of medicinal plants which are being potentially used by the Kanikkars for treating various skin-related ailments. A total of 45 species of ethnomedicinal plants belonging to 40 genera and 27 families (24 dicot families and 3 monocot families) were recorded with the help of the most reliable tribal informants. The study thus underlines the potentials of the ethnomedicinal survey and the need for the documentation of traditional ecological knowledge pertaining to the medicinal plants utilization for the greater benefit of mankind.
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[C. Baby Shalini, S. Chidambaram Pillai and V. R. Mohan (2014); Ethnomedicinal Plants Used for the Treatment of Skin-Related Ailments by the Kanikkars, an Indigenous Tribe Inhabiting Southern Western Ghats Int. J. of Adv. Res. 2 (8). 0] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com
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