Ethnomedicine for Piles by the Primitive Tribal Groups of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh
Department of Botany, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India
Medicinal Plant Research, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 4 doi: 10.5376/mpr.2016.06.0004
Received: 08 Jun., 2016 Accepted: 20 Jul., 2016 Published: 02 Nov., 2016
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Koteswara R.J., and Seetharami R.T.T.V., 2016, Ethnomedicine for Piles by the Primitive Tribal Groups of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Medicinal Plant Research, 6(4): 1-6 (doi: 10.5376/mpr.2016.06.0004)
Ethnomedicinal studies on piles are not many necessitating the present investigation. It yielded 28 species covering as many genera and 23 families used by the PTGs of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh. Fabaceae, Mimosaceae, Convolvulaceae, Araceae and Liliaceae are the dominant families with 2 species each and the rest of the families each represented by one species. Habit-wise analysis showed the dominance of trees with 11 species followed by herbs (10 spp) and others. Plant part-wise analysis showed the usage of stem bark in 10 practices followed by leaf (7), root (6) and others. Nineteen practices were found to be new or less known. Phytochemical investigations are needed for further use.
Ethnomedicine; Piles; Primitive Tribal Groups; North Coastal Andhra Pradesh