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Article Number: EC2/2015/232

Authors: J.Carolin Joe Rosario

Topic: Agriculture & Biotechnology


The present ethno-medicinal study was carried out at 3 localities of Pechipparai hills of Southern Western Ghats of Tamilnadu, Kanyakumari district. Frequent field visits were made throughout the study period from 2012 -2013. Data presented here are based on personal observations and interviews with informants like medicine men and village head men. In this context the Kani people has rich and abundant terminology.  It is common that most of the medicinal plants have their own secret, for many safeguard their specialized knowledge. During the present course of investigation, a total 50 medicinal plant species were distributed across eighteen families and fifty genera. The result of the present study provide evidence that medicinal plants continue to play an important role in the health care system used by tribal community. Documentation of this knowledge is valuable for the communities and their future generations.

Key words: Medicinal plant, ethno-medicine, Kani people, Western Ghats.


    COMMENT - 1

  • MELISA PEREIRA (Viewer) 22nd Nov 2015 - 2:49 PM
    Dear Author,

    1) Are there any limitations of this study?
    2) Can you please explain in Table 1. How did you get those % values- 62, 14, 14 & 10?

    Best Regards
    • J.Carolin Joe Rosario (Author) 26th Nov 2015 - 1:58 PM
      Dear Viewer
      For Ans.1.There is no limitations.
      Ans.2. In table 1- if you go through the article, there are totally 50 plants recorded in that 31 shrubs divided by 50 x 100 = 62, likewise herbs, climbers
      and trees.
      • J.Carolin Joe Rosario (Author) 27th Nov 2015 - 1:03 PM
        Your doubt is clear regarding table 1.

  • COMMENT - 2

  • Sandeep T (Viewer) 25th Nov 2015 - 10:37 AM
    why is it called 'ethnomedicinal plant'? why not just medicinal plant?
    • J.Carolin Joe Rosario (Author) 26th Nov 2015 - 2:03 PM
      Hello viewer
      In Pechipparai hills most of the people are tribals - ie. Kani tribals know more about their plants, so they are Ethnomedicinal plants.

      With regards
      J.Carolin Joe Rosario.

  • COMMENT - 3

  • Sandeep T (Viewer) 25th Nov 2015 - 10:38 AM
    Another suggestion would be to include what diseases are being treated using these plants
    • J.Carolin Joe Rosario (Author) 26th Nov 2015 - 2:12 PM
      Hello viewer
      Still if we do future study and name of the plants we can identify the name of the disease. I have surveyed only number of herbs, shrubs and trees etc.

      With regards
      J. Carolin Joe Rosario.

  • COMMENT - 4

  • Amitabha Ray (Viewer) 25th Nov 2015 - 10:55 PM
    Good article. It would have been interesting to see which particular component(s) of a specific plant might have medicinal/therapeutic implication(s).
    • J.Carolin Joe Rosario (Author) 26th Nov 2015 - 10:34 PM
      Thank you for your comments.
      • J.Carolin Joe Rosario (Author) 26th Nov 2015 - 10:35 PM
        J.Carolin Joe Rosario

  • COMMENT - 5

  • Dr. AJIT V PANDYA (Viewer) 26th Nov 2015 - 11:44 AM
    good morning.......just one day more ......good progressing ........very informative and systematic .........worldclass conference......
    26 th Nov 2015 - 12:24 AM.....good progress...............
    • J.Carolin Joe Rosario (Author) 26th Nov 2015 - 10:36 PM
      Thanks for your comment.

      With regards
      J.Carolin Joe Rosario

  • COMMENT - 6

  • P.Prathyusha (Viewer) 26th Nov 2015 - 12:08 PM
    it is good article.......but you can mention the parts of the plants , uses and formulations of the plants.................
    • J.Carolin Joe Rosario (Author) 26th Nov 2015 - 10:38 PM
      Hello Prathyusha

      Thanks for your comment. Further studies i will implement the uses of plants and its formulations.