Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2020)
Indigenous Knowledge of Medicinal Plants Used by the Tribes in Muthanga Range of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad, Kerala, India
Author(s): Mohamed Shijad VM, Khaleel KM
Abstract: India is having rich vegetation with a wide variety of plants, because of the extreme variations in geographical and climatic conditions prevailing in the country. Plants have been used since ancient times for the treatment of various ailments. Especially, tribal communities of Kerala meet their healthcare needs by using non-timber minor forest products and preparations based on traditional knowledge. The traditional healers are dwindling in number and there is a grave danger of the younger generation is not interested to carry on this tradition. Therefore it becomes the responsibility of the scientific community to unravel the information and to document it for availability to the whole world for the benefit of human beings. The present study was initiated with an aim to identify traditional healers who are practicing herbal medicine among the tribals in Muthanga forest range of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India and quantitatively document their indigenous knowledge on the utilization of medicinal plants, particularly most common ethnomedicinal plants.