Herbal healing practices of Indigenous Irular tribal peoples of Sendurai Block at Ariyalur District, TamilNadu
Publication Date : 31/03/2016
An ethnobotanical survey was carried out among the ethnic groups (Irular) at Sendurai Block in Ariyalur District, South India. The tribal communities of Irular nurture rich knowledge about medicinal plants and its traditional uses. Therefore, we have done an exhaustive ethnobotanical survey in this area. In this present investigation, it is observed that the tribes being used 47 wild valuable plant species belonging to 21 families were identified with relevant information and documented in this paper with regard to their botanical name, family, vernacular name, parts used and utilization by the local tribal people for different human ailments. The common diseases treated by the herbal practitioner were appetizer, aphrodisiacs, asthma, corn, dandruff, diuretic, diabetes, jaundice, indigestion, infertility, piles, paralyzes, skin diseases, stint of scorpion and wasp, ulcer.