• RUTHISHA P. K. Department of PG Studies and Research in Botany, Sir Syed College, Taliparamba, Kannur, Kerala, India, 670142



Traditional medicine, Medicinal plants, Herbs


Objective: To explore, collect and identify the traditional medicinal practices of Northern kerala and the medicinal plants used by them

Methods: Field survey was conducted among 22 villages of Payyannur Taluk, Structured and semi structured interviews with 15 traditional healers in the study area. The plant species commonly known in the local name, used to treat various diseases were collected and recorded.

Results: In the present investigation it has been identified that, 96 medicinal plants belonging to 92 genera and 54 families are used for the treatment of snake bite, insect bite, rheumatism, cuts and wounds, skin diseases, cough, digestive problems, fever, diabetes, jaundice, diarrhoea, kidney stone, bone fracture, intestinal gas and menstrual problems. Among the 96 medicinal plants used by the traditional healers 46 were herbs, 14 were shrubs, 20 were trees, 7 were climbers, 8 were creepers and 1 epiphyte. The medicinal plants belonging to 54 families and Acanthaceae, Apocynaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Asteraceae, Lamiaceae and Orchidaceae were the families with more number of medicinal plants.

Conclusion: Majority of people in developing countries rely on these traditional medicines. Many of these practices have not been identified and systematically recorded yet. This study has identified many rare and medicinally important plants and their medicinal values and this will benefit to the society as these medicinal plants are locally available.


Download data is not yet available.


1. Che CT, George V, Ijinu TP, Pushpangadan P, Androe Marobela K. Pharmacognosy-fundamentals, applications and strategies, chapter 2, traditional medicine. Academic Press; 2017. p. 15-30.
2. Dubey NK, Kumar R, Tipathi P. Global promotion of herbal medicine: India's opportunity. Curr Sci 2004;86:37-41.
3. Pavithra P, Nayak Mahadeva, Swamy HM. Folk medicine meets metabolomics and public health. Curr Sci 2016;111:25.
4. Ruthisha PK, Swathi Krishna C, Khaleel KM. Phytochemical, antioxidant, antibacterial activities of Nervilia crociformis (zoll. and moritzi) seidenf. and Nervilia infundibulifolia blatt. and mc cann (orchidaceae) collected from Kasargod district, Kerala, India. Int J Pharm Sci Res 2018;9:5177-85.
5. Jain SK. The role of botanist in folklore research. Folklore 1964;5:145–50.
6. Jain SK, Rao RR. A handbook of field and herbarium methods, Today and tomorrow printers and publishers, New Delhi; 1976.
7. Surabi S, Bashini JM, Nandhagopal K. Ethanobotanical survey of folklore plants for the treatment of some disease in Thiruvallur district. Nat J Multidisciplinary Res Dev 2018;3:555-7.
8. Devi Prasad AG, Shyma TB. Medicinal plants used by the tribals of Vythiri taluk, Wayanad district (Kerala State) for the treatment of human and domestic animal treatments. J Med Plant Res 2013;7:1439-51.
9. Muthu C, Ayyanar M, Raja N, Ignacimuthu S. Medicinal plants used by traditional healers in Kancheepuram district of Tamilnadu, India. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed 2006;2:43.
10. Rajith NP, Navas M, Swapna MM, Mohanan N. Traditional wound healing plants of Kasargod district, Kerala, India. J Trad Folk Practices 2016;4:164-73.
11. Binu T, Aravindan V, Sivalingam R, Rajendran A. Ethnomedicinal plants used for the treatment of cuts and wounds by Kuruma tribes, Wayanad district of Kerala, India. Asian Pacific J Trop Biomed 2014;4:488-91.
12. Yabesh JEM, Vijayakumar S, Prabhu S. An ethanobotanical study of medicinal plants used by traditional healers in silent valley of kerala, India. J Ethnopharmacol 2014;154:774-89.



How to Cite

P. K., R. “INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE BASED TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL PRACTICES OF NORTHERN KERALA, INDIA”. International Journal of Current Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 13, no. 4, July 2021, pp. 79-84, doi:10.22159/ijcpr.2021v13i4.42749.



Original Article(s)