K. Aruna, D. Syamala, J. Prakasa Rao, J. Suneetha and M. Venkaiah receive Nelson Mandela Research Award-2015 in Ethnobiology
16 March, 2015, India, USA NEWS CORPThe Nelson Mandela Research Award-2015 in Ethnobiology goes to K. Aruna, D. Syamala, J. Prakasa Rao, J. Suneetha and M. Venkaiah from India. This is an excellent global opportunity to recognize the meritorious efforts by individual and organization. The research findings were published on world’s prestigious The Journal of Ethnobiology and Traditional Medicine. There is a need for current traditional medicinal practices data on women health conditions by region level or ethnic group level for future conservation, sustainable maintenance of the valuable and rare medicinal plants and discoverer new drugs. We are investigated on ethno medicinal plants used by Jatapu women for their diseases along with practices. The Jatapu Tribes are living in the Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts in Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, India, Asian Continent. The two district are located between latitudes 170 - 15' and 190 - 12' North and longitudes in between 830 - 17' and 840 - 47' East. During the period of 2010 - 2013 studies were conducted, information was gathered with selected questionnaires and field visits to interior forest with the Jatapu Tribe. A total of 63 traditional medicinal plants belonging to 40 families included 6 red lists medicinal plants with their practices were reported. There is a need for awareness on traditional medicinal practices by younger generations of tribes to conserve valuable traditional medicines from regional level. It will be helpful for the future generations and conservation of the medicinal plants. Now a day’s younger generations are neglecting valuable traditional practices and depending on the other sources like allophy medicine, it is not always healthy indication because they may loss valuable traditional information in future. So there is urgent need to create awareness among the tribal younger generations and also encourage those towards conservation of valuable medicinal plants. Phytochemical analysis will be suggested for these plants to discoverer new drugs. total of 63 species, 60 genera belongs to 40 families were reported as ethno medicinal plants used by Jatapu women. Among the 63 ethno medicinal plants 4 vulnerable, 1 endangered, 1 near threatened red list plants were reported. All 63 plants ethno medicinal practices were also provided. Present research mainly focused on data on ethno medicinal plants and their practices by the Jatapu women. It will be very useful for the understanding how they are depending on forest and forest products for the health care by using traditional medicines instead of modern medicine. There is urgent need to create awareness among the tribal younger generations and also encourage those towards conservation of valuable medicinal plants. There is a need for disease base studies from different regions and different ethnic groups of Andhra Pradesh and other regions of the country and the world for detailed information regarding all type of regular ethno medicinal practices Merits. This article may impact the society with the detailed information regarding traditional medicinal practices for various women diseases among the Jatapu tribal women. It is very important information for to discoverer new drugs from the traditional medicinal plants. Traditional medicinal practices are more effectively working on various women diseases then modern medicines without much adverse effects. This article has great information to global researchers to know the ethno medicinal plants are using for women diseases and to find out new drugs from them. A total of 63 species, 60 genera belongs to 40 families were identified as an ethno medicinal plants used by Jatapu women for various diseases. Details of medicinal practices are provided. Among the 63 ethno medicinal plants 6 plants are identified as red list medicinal plants in Andhra Pradesh. It is necessary to encourage traditional medicinal practices in the ethnic groups for the knowing valuable drugs for various women diseases and other common diseases. It is also impact on women health growth rate and conservation of medicinal plants. So government and private organizations are needed to focus on this issue for increase the facilities to tribal women and global medicinal plants conservation with findings and policies. All authors are involved in investigation on ethno medicinal plants used by Jatapu women along with their medicinal practices. Authors are is no competing interests. Authors are thankful to Jatapu Tribe, traditional doctors and Forest officials, for their great help and support during the study. Authors are also thankful to Dr. C.S. Reddy, B. Venkateswara Rao, Dr. S.B. Padal, Dr. O. Aniel Kumar, K.V. Satish and N. Solomon Sukumar for their encouragement for this study.
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