India is one of the twelve mega-biodiversity countries of the world having rich vegetation with a wide variety of medicinal plants and a tradition of plant-based knowledge distributed amongst a vast number of ethnic groups. The present study focuses mainly on the traditional knowledge of the Paliyar tribals for primary healthcare needs as reported by their informants/traditional healers. The study shows a high degree of ethnobotanical novelty and the use of plants among the Paliyars reflects the revival of interest in traditional folk culture and ethnomedicine.
Ayyanar, M.; Sankarasivaraman, K.; and Ignacimuthu, S.
"Traditional Healing Potential of Paliyars in Southern India,"
1, Article 37.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2008/iss1/37