014188 Sharief M U;Senthil Kumar;Diwakar P G;Sharma T V R S (NO, Bot Surv of India Natn Orchid Area and Expl Garden, Nagalur Road, P.O. Ondikadai, Yercaud, Salem-636 602) : Traditional phytotherapy among karens of middle Andaman. Indian J Tradl Knowledge 2005, 4(4), 429-36.
Karens, originally a hill tribe hailing from Pegu district of western Mayanmar, brought to Andaman by Britishers for forest timber operations during the year 1924-25. Although Karens have not been classified as tribals in the recent tribal notification, they form a minor ethnic group that has apparently been living amidst the forests of Mayabunder tehsil since decades. They posses extensive indigenous knowledge of the plants which they use in their ethnomedicinal practices. Information about 24 selected medicinal plants, their local names, parts used, methods of application and medicinal uses are recorded. The medicinal utilities of these plants used by Karens have not been recorded earlier. Ethnobotanical information related to agriculture, house building, canoe making and traditional artifacts are also recorded.
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