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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:7, July, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(7): 425-438

Herbal Snake Bite Remedies of Irula Tribal People of Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu
K. Senthilkumar1*, P. Mathialaganand C. Manivannan3
1Department of Wildlife Science
2Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Madras Veterinary College, TANUVAS, Chennai-600 007, India
3University Publication Division, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai-51, India
*Corresponding author

Several scientific studies are in progress using modern scientific tools based on the lead from the folkloric and herbal uses for formulating new western medicine. The present study involves the identification, enumeration and utilization of medicinal flora among the Irula tribes of Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu and a record of the endangered medicinal plants in the study area. A total number of 30 respondents of three villages, viz., Chenneri, Orathur and Kunavakkam-Kollamedu were selected by purposive random sampling. The ethnobotanical data were collected using questionnaire, interviews and discussions with local tribal people. Digital documentation of the case studies of animal and human snakebites was recorded for reference. The Knowledge about the medicinal plants has been transmitted orally from generation. The investigation revealed that there are about 27 species of plants to treat snake bite. Voucher specimens of medicinal plants used was prepared for documentation and dissemination of ethno veterinary practices pertaining to snake bite. The respondents used different treatment methods including suck, cut and bind followed by application of different herbal plants identified in this study as root poultices and application of plant leaf juice directly in the snake bite wound. The study revealed that the tribals rely on medicinal plants for snake bite treatment than modern medicine.

Keywords: Snake bite remedies, Medicinal plants, Herbs, Digital documentation, Irula tribes

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Senthilkumar, K., P. Mathialagan and Manivannan, C. 2018. Herbal Snake Bite Remedies of Irula Tribal People of Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(7): 425-438. doi:
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