Antidiabetic Medicinal Plants Used by the Ethnic People of Devendrakula Velalar in East Coast District of Tamil Nadu, India
The present study mainly focused on the ethnomedicinal plants used by the Devendrakula Velalar community habiting in selected villages of Pudukkottai, an east coast district of Tamil Nadu, to manage diabetes. Ethnomedicinal data were collected using semi-structured interviews with 18 key informants during July 2019 to January 2020. A total of 22 medicinal remedies prepared from 20 ethnomedicinal plant under 13 families have been documented. Trees are the most common medicinal plants in the study area and leaf is mostly used for the preparation of herbal medicine. The most cited medicinal plant species for the diabetes management is Syzygium cumini with use value of 1.44. Further phytochemical and pharmacological studies are very essential on such species to validate their efficacy in the management of diabetes.
Keywords: Antidiabetic plants, Devendrakula Velalar, Pudukkottai district, Tamil Nadu, Use Value.
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