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Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine July - September 2013, Vol. 8 No. 3, Pages 171-181

Ethnomedicinal Studies in Chamarajanagar District, Karnataka, India

K. Venkatesan, R. Murugeswaran, Aminuddin and Rafath Mehmooda

Abstract

An ethnobotanical survey was carried out in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka during 2009-2010. As a result ethnomedicinal uses of 61 plant species belonging to 33 families were

recorded from the Soligas tribal community of the area. Based on the data recorded, it was found that the plants are used among the inhabitants for the treatment of different ailments like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, skin disorders and sex related diseases. The folk medicinal uses gathered from the inhabitants and folk ‘medicine men’ of the study area were compared with the existing literature on ethnobotany. Medicinal plants are arranged in alphabetical order by their botanical name, family, voucher specimen number, local name, part used, mode of preparation followed by folk medicinal uses. The data presented are first-hand and unreported, so far.

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