Ethno-botanical Uses of Some Plant Roots Used By Gondu Tribes of Seethagondi Grampanchayath, Adilabad District, Andhra Pradesh, India.R Suman Kumar*1, C Venkateshwar1, G Samuel2, and S Gangadhar Rao1
- *Corresponding Author:
- R Suman Kumar
Research Scholar, Department of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Received date: 20 June 2012 Accepted date: 04 July 2013
An ethnobotanical study on the medicinal plants of Seethagondi grampanchayath of Adilabad district, Andhra Pradesh, India, was conducted with the aims to identify and document plants traditionally used for medicinal therapy by the Gonds and to find out the method used for preparing and administering the drugs. The survey reported 11 plant species belonging to 11 genera and 9 families. The detailed botanical name, local uses, local names, preparation and administration for diseases treated were recorded for each species. Information was obtained through conversations with traditional healers with the aid of semi-structured questionnaires. Considering the widespread use of these medicinal plants to treat various ailments, it therefore becomes crucial to scientifically validate the therapeutic uses and safety of these plants through phytochemical screening, different biological activity tests and toxicological studies. Therefore, an ethnobotanical study was conducted on medicinal plant species used to manage human ailments at the study area. The study revealed other hitherto undocumented medicinal plant species that may be new records for treating various ailments. Most medicinal plant species reported in this study were found to be under threat and this calls for urgent conservation measures so as to maximize the sustainable use of these vital resources in the study area.