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A SURVEY ON MEDICINAL PLANTS USED IN SKIN DISEASES OF CHILDREN

Dr. S. Sivashanmugarajah

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Medicinal plants or herbs used for skin diseases of children by Tamil traditional physicians has been studied in Kilinochci District, Northern Province of Sri Lanka and presented hereunder. 24 Tamil traditional physicians were the informant. A total of 53 medicinal plants used for treating in skin diseases of children were identified in this survey. The details of herbs used with botanical name, family, local name, parts used, method of administration are tabulated. The leaves were the commonly used plants part and paste and decoction were the commonly used prepared drugs for skin disease. The documentation of this traditional therapeutic knowledge may lead to discover effective unidentified or hidden drugs to light for diseases of children.

Keywords: Medicinal plants, Skin diseases, Tamil traditional physicians.


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