MEDDB: A medicinal plant database developed with the information gathered from tribal people in and around Madurai, Tamil Nadu

John Asnet Mary, Karuppiah Chandran Priyadharshini, Gurusamy Amal, Gunasekaran Ramya, Radhakrishnan Nithya, Morkondam Ambika, Rajaiah Shenbagarathai
2012 Bioinformation  
Tribal peoples are endowed with enriched traditional wisdom to use available nature resources around them. They are well versed in the usage of plant for treating various diseases. They have used powder or extract or paste form of the plant parts such as root, shoot, whole plant, fruits and leaves etc. The recipe known by the tribal people was passed on only to their family members and community through mouth to mouth practice. Hence, the knowledge is confined to particular people alone. It is
more » ... lways expedient to store information in the database, so that it will be accessible by everyone from everywhere. To achieve this, MEDDB has been developed, which stores the details of 110 plant species that are commonly used by tribes for fever, asthma, cold, cough, diabetes, diarrhea, dysentery, eye infections, stomach ache, wounds and snake bite. The details of each plant were collected from the literature and through web search to give comprehensive and exhaustive information. Each plant entry is compiled under the subheadings viz.
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