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Title: Traditional therapeutic uses of animals among tribal population of Tamil Nadu
Authors: Solavan, A
Paulmurugan, R
Wilsanand, V
Sing, A J ARanjith
Keywords: Animals;Archaeozoology;Ethnozoology;Tribals;Tamil Nadu;Zootherapy;Zooarchaeology
Issue Date: Apr-2004
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. Cl.7: A61K 35/78; A61K 35/12; A61K 35/56
Abstract:  Studies on the therapeutic use of animals and animal parts have been neglected compared to plants. This paper presents the findings of an ethno-zoological study carried out among nine tribes spread over four districts of Tamil Nadu, India. Detailed information was obtained on the traditional therapeutic uses of sixteen different animal species, consisting of mammals (6), birds (5), reptiles (2), arthropods (2) and annelid (1), for the treatment of over 17 kinds of diseases or ailments, including asthma, arthritis, epilepsy, paralysis, hydrocele and leprosy. Community research to confirm the medicinal value of these traditional remedies would go a long way leading to the discovery of novel drugs from bugs.
Page(s): 198-205
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.03(2) [April 2004]

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