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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2019; 7(1): 123-132         |                   Available online, March 31, 2019

Effectiveness of herbs used in traditional pediatric practice –A review  


NJQ Tharshanodayan1  and P Rohini2


1PG Scholar, Department of Gunapadam, Government Siddha Medical college, (The Tamilnadu Dr.M.G.R Medical university Chennai, Tamilnadu, India), Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli(627002),Tamilnadu, India.

2Medical Officer, District Siddha Hospital, Mannar, Srilanka.

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Received : 10.01.2019    |   Accepted : 13.02.2019    |    Published : 31.03.2019

In Siddha system the growth & development and diseases of the children are explained in consonance with different stages. The extensive use of herbs on pediatric management in rural is socio-cultural barriers, the fact that traditional medicines have a wide acceptance. Aim is to identify the herbs that were used in traditional   pediatric management and to evaluate effectiveness of specific herbs to combat common childhood diseases. In this review, some main Siddha text books and data were collected from older people to extract important information about traditional pediatric management. A total of 28 herbs were mostly be used in the disease management among children. Most of the plant used internally (57%) and while (32%) were used externally. Leaves (32%) were the most commonly used plant part forms in pediatric disease management, the least used plant life forms are Flower, Fruit peel, and whole plant (4%). According to taste Pungent (40%) were the most used plant action. Clitoria ternata. Linn, Zingiber officinalae Rosc, Piper betel, and Piper nigrum Linn, are used to treat more than one disease. Most of the plant (50%) were reported to be used for treating gastro intestinal disorders. Based on text book it has been proved that herbs used in this treatment possess significantly cure the disease in children. In spite of not knowing the effects of these herbs during ancient period, traditional practitioners used them in the preparation of home remedies. So, there is a need to enhance the usages of herbs.


Key words: Leaves, Pungent, Clitoria ternata. Linn, Zingiber officinalae Rosc, Piper betel. 



Editor: Dr.Arvind Chavhan


Cite this article as:

NJQ Tharshanodayan and P Rohini (2019) Effectiveness of herbs used in traditional pediatric practice –A review, Int. J. of. Life Sciences, Volume 7(1): 123-132. 


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



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