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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-11

Zootherapeutic documentation from Tiruppur district, Tamil Nadu, India

1 Siddha Medicinal Plants Garden, Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS), Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India, Mettur Dam, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Siddha Clinical Research Unit, CCRS, Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India, Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

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Prakasam Radha
Siddha Medicinal Plants Garden, CCRS, Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India, Mettur, Dam, Salem - 636 401, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jrsm.jrsm_25_22

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Introduction: Animals and their parts have been used as an important source in the traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and folklore. The present study was aimed to document the medicinal uses of animals and animal products used by the inhabitants of Tiruppur District, Tamil Nadu. Materials and Methods: A medico ethnobotanical survey was conducted from December 2017 to December 2020 in order to collect the information on the animals and their parts used in the treatment of various ailments by both tribal and non-tribal inhabitant of Tiruppur District, Tamil nadu. The documentation was done by conducting face-to-face interview with the informants such as traditional medicinal practitioners, folk healers, and indigenous with their prior consent. Results: 67 people were interviewed and the therapeutic values of 28 animals and their products used in the treatment of various ailments such as dermatological infection/diseases, hemorrhoides, skeleto-muscular system disorder, respiratory system diseases, genito-urinary ailments, etc. were recorded and documented with their tamil name, zoological name, family, part used, mode of administration, and ailments treated. Conclusion: The present study revealed that, though the inhabitants possess the traditional knowledge to use animal products for various diseases, currently very few are in practice for their primary health care needs.

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