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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2018; 6(3): 789-794      |                 Available online, September 30, 2018

An ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used by traditional Healers of Perkapally, Karimnagar district, Telangana, India

Swapna Gurrapu and Estari Mamidala


Department of Zoology, Kakatiya University, Warangal – 506 009. Telangana State, India




Received :18.03.2018     |    Accepted : 18.09.2018      |      Published : 30.09.2018

Ethnobotanical survey was undertaken to record information on medicinal plants from traditional healers in Perkapally, Karimnagar District, Telangana. The objective of this study to identify the medicinal plants used for treating different diseases. A total of 38 species of ethno medicinal plants belonging to 39 genera and 25 families were reported with the help of standardized questionnaires among three tribal informants between ages of 32-60. The focus was on plants used for infectious conditions and information regarding vernacular plant names, plant parts used, preparation (independently and in various combinations) and application was collected. A total of three lay people, were interviewed on their knowledge of medicinal plants used to treat various diseases like diarrhoea, coughing, diabetes, skin rashes and paralysis, mental disorders. The most plant parts used were leaves (42%), followed by fruits (23%), seeds (18%), bark (18%), flowers (2%), stem (2%) and roots (10%). Highest percentage of leaves are used in preparation. The youth should be encouraged to learn the traditional medicinal knowledge to preserve it from being lost with the older generation. This could be useful in novel drug discovery and to validate the ethomedicinal knowledge.


Keywords: Diseases, Karimnagar, Traditional healers, Telangana, Ethnobotanical.


Editor: Dr.Arvind Chavhan


Cite this article as:

Swapna Gurrapu and Estari Mamidala (2018) An ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used by traditional Healers of Perkapally, Karimnagar district, Telangana, India, Int. J. of. Life Sciences, Volume 6(3): 789-794.




Authors are thankful to all the traditional practitioners of Karimnagar district (Telangana state) for co-operating with the survey and disclosing their valuable knowledge.


Conflicts of interest: The authors stated that no conflicts of interest.



Copyright: © 2018 | Author(s), This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial - No Derives License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.


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