Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Use of medicinal plants by the settlers in Great Nicobar Island (India).

Abstract

A survey was conducted in Great Nicobar Island (India) in November-December 2000 to obtain information on the medicinal plants used by the settlers for treating various diseases and disorders. It was observed that the settlers selected many plants that looked similar to the plants found and used for medicinal purpose in the mainland. Preparations include both single or compound formulation. The 14 species recorded in the study are listed, along with their local names, uses, method of preparation, doses, and mode of administration. Included in the list were Achyranthes aspera, Datura metel, Euphorbia hirta and Urena lobata.