Ethnomedicine for Jaundice by the Tribes of Adilabad District, Andhra Pradesh
Suryanarayana Swamy N.
Seetharami Reddi T.V.V.
Department of Botany, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 530003, India
Medicinal Plant Research, 2018, Vol. 8, No. 7
Received: 20 Mar., 2018 Accepted: 09 May, 2018 Published: 18 May, 2018
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Though there are publications on jaundice in different regions of India such studies were not present by the tribes of Adilabad district, Andhra Pradesh, necessitating the present study. The paper deals with 35 species of plants covering 33 genera and 26 families used for curing jaundice by the tribes of Adilabad district, Andhra Pradesh. Euphorbiaceae is the dominant family with 5 species followed by Rubiaceae (3 spp), Cucurbitaceae, Convolvulaceae and Nyctaginaceae (each 2 spp) and others with one species each. Herbs are dominant with 21 species followed by shrubs (6), trees and climbers (4 spp each). Leaf is used in 11 practices followed by root (5); seed and root bark (3 each) and others. Of the 35 practices, 28 involve single plant each followed by 5 involving two plants, and one involving three and four plants each. Boerhavia erecta and 22 practices were found to be new.
Ethnomedicine; Jaundice; Adilabad district; Andhra Pradesh
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