Botanical Report
International Journal of Plant Sciences
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Ethnobotanical Survey of using Anti-Diabetic Medicinal Plants of Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, India


P. Packiaraj, K. Suresh, S. Selva Kumar, S. Sarguna Sundaram and P. Pounraj



Abstract An ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used for the treatment of diabetes in local people of Dindigul District, TamilNadu, India was conducted between January, 2013 - June, 2014. From the survey, a total of 37 plant species belonging to 34 genus and 26 families were found to be useful in the treatment of diabetes. Recipes used in the treatment of this disease were documented. Prominent among them are Enicostemma littorale, Azadirachta indica, Moringa oleifera, Phyllanthus emblica, Allium cepa, Coccinia grandis. These species were found to be very important and useful in the treatment of diabetes based on their frequency of occurrence in the recipes obtained. Herbal remedies were either prepared from dried or freshly collected plants while traditional solvent of choice included water, lime and aqueous extract from fermented maize. Decoction and pulverization were the main methods of preparation while mode of administration varies within 2 to 3 times daily. Survey revealed that leaves form the major part of plants for herbal preparations. Residents in the study area find traditional medicine cheaper as compared to orthodox medicine. A need for further scientific research based on the findings of this work is needed. Key words: Traditional Medicinal Plant, Anti-Diabetic, Rural Peoples, Dindigul district.




Antimicrobial activity of Pseudarthria  viscida  (L.)Wight & Arn.,


N. Ahila, Sindhu, R. Neelamegam, V. Siva Nadanam and S. Ghanthikumar



Abstract The present work carried out on the ethanobotanical knowledge and antimicrobial activity of the leaf and stem extract of the Pseudarthria viscida (L.)Wight&Arn., Traditionally, this plant is used as cold, skin diseases, fever, headache, wounds and scabies by in an around Kalakad villager. The benzene leaf extracts showed the antibacterial activities against all the testing bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhii, Streptococcus pyogens, Serratia marcescens, Klebsiella pneumonia, Enterobacter aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Bacillus subtilis followed by methanol leaf extracts showed the antibacterial activities against all, except Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis. Hence, the present studies were suggestive for quality evaluation and standardization of prepared a drug and importance for conservation of P. viscida.


 Keywords: Pseudarthria viscida, Ethanobotanical knowledge and Antimicrobial activity.


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