Mapping Traditional Knowledge Associated with Celastrus paniculatus in India Using Geographical Information System (GIS)

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Journal of Ayurveda Medical Sciences J,2016,1,2,55-62.
Published:October 2016
Type:Review Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Athira K1, Sajeev CR1, SarojKV1, Sooraj N.P1, Sunil Kumar KN2, Jaishanker R1*

1Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management - Kerala, Trivandrum, India 695 581.

2Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry Division, SDM Centre for Research in Ayurveda and Allied Sciences, Udupi 574 118, India; Current: Siddha Central Research Institute, Anna Hospital Campus, Arumbakkam, Chennai 600106.


Introduction: The traditional knowledge mapping of Celastrus paniculatus in India using Geographical Information System (GIS) collects and compiles the data about the use and distribution status of C. paniculatus in India. The present review gives an idea about the ethnomedicinal importance of C. paniculatus. This review provides an idea about the status of C. paniculatus in India and aims to make awareness about the conservation of such traditionally and ethnomedicinally important species. Methods: The ethnomedicinal uses of C. paniculatus across several local communities and tribes in India were located on a Quantum GIS 2.10.1-Pisa (Q.GIS) and Google Earth. Results: The present study resulted in documenting the traditional knowledge mapping of C. paniculatus in India. Forty four localities in India revealed 101 indigenous communities identifying C. paniculatus by 28 vernacular or local names. C. paniculatus is used against almost seventy various ailments. Root, leaves, bark, seed and oil are used against various diseases. Conclusion: The present study provides a new way for ethnobotanical realm.