"International Journal of Herbal Medicine"

Volume 2, Issue 1


Ethano Botanical Studies on Medicinal Plants Used For Skin Diseases in Malabar Region of Kerala


Author(s): Deepthy R and Remashree AB

Abstract: The present study was carried out to assess and document ethno botanical knowledge of plants of Malabar region of Kerala, India for Skin diseases, as the area is rich in biodiversity. Geographically, the Malabar Coast, especially on its westward-facing mountain slopes, comprises the wettest region of southern India as the Western Ghats intercept the moisture-laden monsoon rains. The biodiversity of the Western Ghats is the main component of the biodiversity of Kerala. The entire State is blessed with year-round greenery. It was found that 113 different plant species belonging to 46 families were used for treating skin diseases. The predominant families are Fabaceae with 14 plant species and Euphorbiaceae and Rubiaceae with 7 plant species. Different types of medicinal preparation recorded for 15 ailments.

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