Medico-Ethnobotany: A Study on the Kattunayaka Tribe of Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu


  • Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Survey of Medicinal Plants and Collection Unit, Udhagamandalam, Tamilnadu, 643002, India
  • Tamil University, Division of Medical Anthropology, Tribal Research Center, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, 613005, India


Objectives: To examine medico-ethnobotany of the Kattunayaka tribe of Nilgiri hills. Materials and methods: Field survey and personal discussion methods have been used in the collection of data. Results and discussion: A list of 19 flowering plants belonging to 18 genera and 13 families which are employed for remedial purposes by the Kattunayakas of Nilgiri hills, Tamil Nadu with their local names, ethnomedicinal claims and method of applications to treat common ailments are highlighted here.


Ethnomedicine, Kattunayaka Tribe, Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu.

Subject Discipline

Pharmacy and Pharmacology

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