Ethnomedicine for Scabies and Skin diseases in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh  

Ratna  Manjula R. , Seetharami Reddi  T.V.V.
Department of Botany, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam 530003
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Medicinal Plant Research, 2015, Vol. 5, No. 5   doi: 10.5376/mpr.2015.05.0005
Received: 07 Jun., 2015    Accepted: 15 Jul., 2015    Published: 13 Oct., 2015
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Ratna Manjula R. and Seetharami Reddi T.V.V., 2015, Ethnomedicine for Scabies and Skin diseases in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh, Medicinal Plant Research, 5(5):1-6 (doi: 10.5376/mpr.2015.06.005 )

Abstract

The paper deals with 77 species of plants covering 68 genera and 37 families used for curing common skin diseases by the tribals of Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. Caesalpiniaceae is the dominant (9 sps) family followed by Fabaceae (6 sps), Euphorbiaceae (5 sps), Zingiberaceae (4 sps), Mimosaceae, Poaceae, Asteraceae, Lamiaceae (with 3sps each) and others. Habit-wise analysis showed the dominance of herbs followed by trees, shrubs and climbers. Morphological analysis showed  maximum utilization of leaf in 37 practices followed by whole plant (11), fruit, seed (7 each), stem bark, root (6 each), flower (4), rhizome, stem (3 each) and tuber (1). Caesalpinia sappan, Caralluma umbellata, Clerodendrum paniculatum, Grewia flavescens, Leucas aspera, Merremia aegyptia and 41 practices were found to be new.

Keywords
Ethnomedicine; Scabies; Skin diseases; Khammam district; Andhra Pradesh
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