Research Article | Volume: 3, Issue: 8, August, 2013

Plants used by the tribes for the treatment of digestive system disorders in Wayanad district, Kerala

A. G. Devi Prasad T. B. Shyma and M. P. Raghavendra   

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Published:  Aug 30, 2013

DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2013.3830
Abstract

The tribes of Wayanad depend basically on different plants for their treatment. The field work documented about thirty two plant species used against digestive disorders. The plants used for the treatment with their botanical names, local name, mode of administration, status of plants and the tribes associated are listed in the form of table. Five different tribes, the kurichia, kuruma, kattunaika, paniya and adiya of Wayand district of Kerala state, India were interviewed. The interviewed tribal groups use plant parts either single or in combined form to treat digestive disorders like piles, ulcers, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dysentery, pinworm, vomiting, acidity, chest burning, jaundice and stomach pain. The tribal groups do not want to share their ancient traditional knowledge with other people. Moreover, the existing knowledge on traditional uses of medicinal plants are declining fast because of the lack of interest of young people to learn the traditional knowledge from the old tribal medical practitioner. So the documentation and conservation of the knowledge is essential.


Keyword:     Gastrointestinal Digestive Wayand Tribes Kerala.


Citation:

A.G Devi Prasad, T.B Shyma and M.P Raghavendra., Plants used by the tribes of for the treatment of digestive system disorders in Wayanad district, Kerala. J App Pharm Sci. 2013; 3 (08): 171-175.

Copyright:The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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