|Indigenous Knowledge of the tribes
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary with its diverse vegetation types is a treasure trove of medicinal plants
The tribes inhabiting this sanctuary have known and been using several of these medicinal herbs since a very long time. This practice has so far remained secretive and guarded within a family mostly. Though this ethno-botanical knowledge has been passed on from generation to generation, much of it has been forgotten due to non-practice. Owing to these reasons, documenting the indigenous knowledge of the tribes has always been difficult. However attempts are now made to compile and document the information offered by the traditional medical practitioners and the elders in the tribal settlements.
Here, we shall acknowledge and appreciate the vastness and depth of ethno-medicinal knowledge of the tribes. Let us also make sure that no one exploits these innocent people for the knowledge that they possess which might provide the cure for the presently incurable maladies of the world.
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