A survey on the use of medicinal plants by local traditional healers was carried out in Puducherry (Union Territory) region, southern India. Findings presented in this paper were gathered by group discussions, interviews and questionnaires with the local people having knowledge of medicinal values of plants; this study involved a total of 24 plant species distributed in 22 families. These medicinal plants employed by them are listed with Latin name, family, local name, parts used, mode of preparation of the drug and medicinal uses. Generally, fresh parts of the plants are used for the preparation of medicine and leaves are most commonly used. The results of this study showed that local people still depend on plants for the cure of certain diseases.
Udayakumar, M.; Ayyanar, M.; and Sekar, T.
"Indigenous Knowledge on Medicinal Plants Among the Local People of Puducherry Region (Union Territory), India,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2009
, Article 7.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2009/iss11/7