Herbal Remedies Used to Treat Skin Disorders in Arasankulam Region of Thoothukudi District in Tamil Nadu, India
As lacking in attention given to the ethnomedicinal plants to be used for the treatment of skin diseases in many areas, an ethnomedicinal study was carried out to enumerate the traditional uses followed to treat skin diseases among the people living in Arasankulam and Kottarakurichi villages located in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. The medicinal uses of 24 species belonging to 20 families were reported from the study area. Euphorbiaceae was noted as largest families comprising of 3 species each. Herbs (50.0%) were found more in number than other life forms of plants. Leaves (50.0%) were the mostly used plant part to prepare the medicine and paste (61.54%) was the dominant mode to treat the skin ailments. By this research work, it was also noted that a total of 6 plants were used to heal wound, 4 plants for the treatment of cut, 3 plants each to cure boil and eczema, 2 plants to treat heel crack and 1 plant each for abrasion, chicken pox, dandruff, itch, leprosy, lip crack, scabies, skin allergy, small pox and tumor. Further studies on phytochemical and pharmacological aspects of these plants will contribute new dimensions to these medicinal plants.
Keywords: Medicinal plants, Skin diseases, Arasankulam region, Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu.
2. Quave CL, Pieroni A & Bennett BC. Dermatological remedies in the traditional pharmacopoeia of Vulture-Alto Bradano, inland southern Italy. Journal of Ethnobiology & Ethnomedicine, 2008: 4:5. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-4-5.
3. Sharma KK, Kotoky J, Kalita JC & Sarma GC. Traditional use of medicinal plants for anti-ringworm therapy in some parts of Kamrup District of Assam, a North Eastern State of India. Andhra Pradesh Journal of Psychological Medicines, 2012: S316-S319.
4. Agyare C, Asase A, Lichtenberg M, Niehues M, Deters A & Hensel A. An ethnopharmacological survey and in vitro confirmation of ethnopharmacological use of medicinal plants used for wound healing in Bosomtwi-Atwima-Kwanwoma area, Ghana. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2009; 125:393-403.
5. Adetutu A, Witson AM & Corcoran O. Ethnopharmacological survey and in vitro evaluation of wound-healing plants used in South-western Nigeria. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2011; 137:50-56.
6. Gul F, Shinwari ZK & Afzal I. Screening of indigenous knowledge of herbal remedies for skin diseases among local communities of North West Punjab, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 2012; 5:1609-1616.
7. Saikia AP, Ryakala VK, Sharma P, Goswami P & Bora U. Ethnobotany of medicinal plants used by Assamese people for various skin ailments and cosmetics. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2006; 106:149-157.
8. Gamble JS & Fischer CEC. The Flora of the Presidency of Madras (Reprint Edited), Vols. I – III. Botanical survey of India, Calcutta, India, 1957.
9. Matthew KM. An Excursion Flora of Central Tamil Nadu. Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 1991.
10. Shanmugam S, Rajagopal V & Rajendran K. Multipurpose usable plants in Thalaiyanai hills of Tirunelveli forest division in southern part of Western Ghats. Journal of Non-Timber Forest Products, 2007; 14(4):297-306.
11. Shanmugam S, Ramar S, Ragavendhar K, Ramanathan R & Rajendran K. Plants used as medicine by Paliyar tribes of Shenbagathope in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu. Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany, 2008; 32(4):922-929.
12. Shanmugam S, Manikandan K & Rajendran K. Ethnomedicinal survey of medicinal plants used for the treatment of diabetes and jaundice among the villagers of Sivagangai district, Tamil Nadu. Ethnobotanical Leaflets, 2009; 13: 186-193.
13. Shanmugam S, Annadurai M & Rajendran K. Ethnomedicinal plants used to cure diarrhea and dysentery in Pachalur hills of Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2011a; 1(8):94-97.
14. Shanmugam S, Kalaisevan M, Selvakumar P, Suresh K & Rajendran K. Ethnomedicinal pants used to cure diarrhea and dysentery in Sivagangai district of Tami Nadu, India. International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy, 2011b; 2(3):991-994.
15. Shanmugam S, Rajendran K & Suresh K. Traditional uses of medicinal plants among the rural people in Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 2012a; 2:S429-S434.
16. Shanmugam S, Balamurugan S, Pandiselvam P & Rajendran K. Medicinal plants used by the people of Thiruppuvanam and its surrounding areas of Sivagangai district in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Journal of Basic and Applied Biology, 2012b; 6:39-45.
17. Shanmugam S, Jeyaprabakaran G & Rajendran K. Medicinal trees from home gardens of urban areas in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Asian Journal of Ethnobiology, 2020; 3(1):10-15.
18. Chendurpandy P, Mohan VR & Kalidass C. An ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used by the Kanikkar tribe of Kanyakumari district of Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu for the treatment of skin diseases. Journal of Herbal Medicine and Toxicology, 2020; 4(1):179-190.
19. Inngjerdingen K, Nergård CS, Diallo D, Mounkoro PP & Paulsen BS. An ethnopharmacological survey of plants used for wound healing in Dogonland, Mali, West Africa. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2004; 92:233-244.
20. Martínez GJ & Barboza GE. Natural pharmacopoeia used in traditional Toba medicine for the treatment of parasitosis and skin disorders (Central Chaco, Argentina). Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2010; 132:86-100.
21. Dey A, Gupta B & De JN. Traditional phytotherapy against skin diseases and in wound healing of the tribes of Purulia district, West Bengal, India. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 2012; 33:4825-4831.
22. Njoroge GN & Bussmann RW. Ethnotherapeutic management of skin diseases among the Kikuyus of Central Kenya. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2007; 111:303-307.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).