Ethno-medicinal plant species used to treat leucorrhoea by traditional practitioners of Vijayapur (Bijapur) district of Karnataka, India
Medicinal plants continue to be an important therapeutic aid for alleviating the ailments of humankind. An ethno-botanical survey of Vijayapur district of Karnataka comprising five tehsils was conducted during February 2014 to June 2016. The purpose of this survey was to document the traditional use of medicinal plants to treat leucorrhoea. Leucorrhoea an excessive discharge of a white, sticky, foul-smelling material from the vagina is called leucorrhoea. This common problem may occur due to unhygienic conditions, infection of the genital tract, or impaired immune function.Most of the people do not approach doctors due to hesitation, lack of knowledge, high cost of medicines and different instrumental treatments, etc. Traditional herbal medicines are very cheap and easily available. The present study was initiated with an aim to identify medicinal plants resources from traditional practitioners of Vijayapur district to treat leucorrhoea. There are about 12 species of angiosperms belonging to 12 genera and 09 families were found to be used treat leucorrhoea.