Ethnoveterinary Medicinal plants of Uppliapuram block in Tiruchirapalli district, Tamil Nadu

  • Selvaraju Department of Botany, SVM Arts and Science College, Katteri, Uthangarai-636 092, Tamil Nadu
  • Prabu.K.M PG & Research Department of Physics, SVM Arts and Science College, Katteri, Uthangarai-636 092, Tamil Nadu
  • Sekar T PG & Research Department of Botany, Pachaiyappa’s College, Chennai- 600 030. Tamil Nadu
Keywords: Ethnoveterinary practice, Animal ailments, Medicinal plants, Trichy district


Ethnoveterinary knowledge covers up people’s knowledge, skills, methods, practices and beliefs about the care of their animals and themselves, and has been used over many centuries. To documented traditional medicinal plants that used to prevent and control ailments of Pachamalai hills in Tiruchirapalli
Special District, Tamil Nadu. A purposive sampling technique study was carried out using a semistructured questionnaire, field observation and survey to document indigenous knowledge. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze and summarize the ethno-botanical data. Thirty five medicinal plants
against a total of 26 animal ailments were reported and botanically identified as belonging to 26 plant families. Most frequently used plants were from Apocynaceae, Rutaceae, Rubiaceae, Euphorbiaceae and Solanaceae. The medicinal plant parts that were more commonly utilized for the preparation of
ethnoveterinary medicines were leaves, roots and stem bark. The preparations were applied through oral administration accounted for followed by topical application. The people of the district have sound ethnoveterinary knowledge and practices for preventing and controlling their animal and themselves
from ailments, but this facing the risk of disappearing due to combined effect factors. So, training on the awareness creation and rising and documentation are highly recommended. Scientific investigations should be carried out to ascertain their effectiveness of the identified medicinal plants used in animal
health management.