Ethnomedicine for Epilepsy by the Tribes of Eastern Ghats, Andhra Pradesh
Sri D. Sandhya
Babu M. Hari
Reddy T.V.V. Seetharami
Department of Botany, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam 530003, India
Medicinal Plant Research, 2017, Vol. 7, No. 3 doi: 10.5376/mpr.2017.07.0003
Received: 12 Jan., 2017 Accepted: 15 Feb., 2017 Published: 06 Aug., 2017
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Sandhya Sri D., Hari Babu M., Suneetha J., and Seetharami Reddi T.V.V., 2017, Ethnomedicine for epilepsy by the tribes of eastern ghats, Andhra Pradesh, 7(3): 19-25 (doi: 10.5376/mpr.2017.07.0003)
The paper deals with 71 species of plants covering 66 genera and 41 families used by the tribes of Eastern Ghats, Andhra Pradesh, for curing epilepsy. Fabaceae is the dominant family with 10 species followed by Liliaceae (4 spp) and others. Herbs are dominant with 30 species followed by shrubs (20 spp), trees (16 spp) and climbers (5 spp). Root is used in 22 practices followed by leaf (18), stem bark (12), whole plant (6), root bark and fruit (4 each), bulb and seed (3 each) and others. Of the total 77 practices 57 involve single plant, 12 with two plants and 4 each with three and four plants. Crotalaria laburnifolia and 31 practices were found to be new or less known.
Ethnomedicine; Epilepsy; Tribes; Eastern Ghats; Andhra Pradesh