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Ethnomedicine for Women Problems by the Tribes of Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh  

Ramarao Naidu B.V.A. , Seetharami Reddi T.V.V.
Department of Botany, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 530003, India
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Medicinal Plant Research, 2018, Vol. 8, No. 6   doi: 10.5376/mpr.2018.08.0006
Received: 20 Mar., 2018    Accepted: 25 Apr., 2018    Published: 11 May, 2018
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Ramarao N.B.V.A., and Seetharami R.T.V.V., 2018, Ethnomedicine for women problems by the tribes of Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, Medicinal Plant Research, 8(6): 43-54 (doi: 10.5376/mpr.2018.08.0006)

Abstract

Exclusive studies on women problems by the tribes of Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh were not reported earlier necessitating the present investigation. The paper deals with 80 species of plants covering 78 genera and 50 families used by the tribes of Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh for curing women problems. Family-wise analysis showed the dominance of Fabaceae with 9 species followed by Euphorbiaceae (5 spp); Moraceae (4 spp) and others. Trees are dominant with 28 species followed by herbs (27 spp), shrubs (17 spp) and climbers (8 spp). Root is used in a maximum of 21 practices followed by stem bark (17), leaf (12), seed (9), whole plant and root bark (8 each), stem and tuber (5 each), flower and fruit (4 each) and others. Hemionitis arifolia and 20 practices were found to be new. Further research work hopefully will find out the detail bioactive compounds for the treatment of women diseases.

Keywords
Ethnomedicine; Women problems; Srikakulam district; Andhra Pradesh
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