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Title: Ethno-entomological practices in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu
Authors: A J A, Ranjit Singh
Padmalatha, C
Keywords: Ethno-entomology;Medicinal insects;Termites;Beetles
Issue Date: Oct-2004
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. Cl.7: A61K35/56, A61K35/64, A61P19/02, A61P15/08, A61P27/12, A61P11/06, A61P25/20, A61P11/14, A61P25/08
Abstract: Insect based traditional knowledge on medicinal importance, although in usage from ancient times, is still less explored. Ancient palm leaf literature reveals that numerous insect species were advantageously utilized by tribal and village physicians for medicine. Kanikars and Paliyars, the tribal people living in Western Ghats of Tirunelveli district and village physicians use insects to prepare medicine. In the present investigation, 11 species of insects used to prepare traditional medicine were identified and details about their therapeutic value are enumerated. Insects are used as medicine to cure various ailments like urinary diseases, neurological problems, hair loss, skin diseases, respiratory illness, etc. Also insects like termites are consumed as healthy food.
Page(s): 442-446
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.03(4) [October 2004]

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