PHYTOCHEMICAL PROFILING OF SELECTED MEDICINAL PLANTS USED BY PARAJA TRIBE OF KORAPUT, INDIAPoly Tikadar, Sharat K. Palita and Debabrata Panda
The present study reports the chemical profiling of 30 selected medicinal plants used by paraja tribe of Koraput. These plants were selected on the basis of their highest use value (UV) and Fidelity level (FL) from the ethomedicinal documentation of 104 plants used by the paraja tribe. The plants were subjected for phytochemical analysis to determine the presence of secondary metabolites, which may responsible for their therapeutic effects as claimed by the tribal people. Phytochemical analysis of these plant extracts indicateed that phenol, flavonoid, alkaloid, tannin and total antioxidant content were the major pharmaceutical parameters are present in varying proportions that are responsible for ethnomedicinal value. The plants were also contained significant amount of antioxidants that can be exploited as a potentiol sources for herbal remedy for various diseases. The study suggests that further work should be carried out to elucidate the possible mechanism of action of these extracts against various diseases.