List of Project Awardees 2020 to 2021, India's First DOI registered and Google Scholar Tamil Journal
Vol. 3 No. 1 (2021): Volume 3, Issue 1, Year 2021

Medicinal Plants Mentioned in Tamil Sangam Anthologies

Karthikeyan Ira
Department of Tamil, Kalaimahal Arts and Science College, Sembanarkoil, Nagapattinam-609309, Tamil Nadu, India

Published 2021-01-28


  • Holy Basil,
  • Turmeric,
  • Pepper,
  • Curry,
  • Herbals

How to Cite

Ira, K. (2021). Medicinal Plants Mentioned in Tamil Sangam Anthologies. International Research Journal of Tamil, 3(1), 230-239.

Plum Analytics


When Tamil Literary Epochal Anthologies were made, in them were identified very many herbal diversities. In Sangam times, people lived well aligned with Nature World, of which they knew they too were a part. Flora and Vegetation were part of their living. Plants were integral to the lifestyle of theirs they knew. Creepers, Climbers, and Herbs were medicinal to them in their life. But in centuries that followed, their minds gradually veered away from the focus of the significant vegetable kingdom. Nowadays, when viruses attack humanity, we by compulsion look back to olden times and are disposed to think of the medicinal uses of forgotten or neglected plant and herbal species which might offer protection from endemics and pandemics like SARS Covid varieties. This article explores the importance of such plant species in their culture, cultivation, growth, extraction and medicinal utility in pharmacological applications.


Download data is not yet available.


Metrics Loading ...


  1. Dinamani, Maruthuva Malar, Chennai, Edition – Aug 2013.
  2. Ilambotharan, S., (2005) Pingala Nigandu, Vasantha Pathippagam, Chennai, India.
  3. Krishnamoorthi, K.V., (2007) History of Science, Bharathidasan University, First Edition, Trichy, India.
  4. Nedunchezhian, V., (2005) Tamil Flora Seen by Tamil, International Institution of Tamil Studies, Chennai, India.
  5. Parasu Raman P.N., (2014) Gnana Pokisham, Vikatan Publishing, Chennai, India.
  6. Seeni vasan, Ku., (1987) Sangam Literature Floras, Tamil University, Thanjavur, June - 1987
  7. Soosai Raja, (1986) Poodu Milgu, Cukku, Ceeragam Vaithiyam, Rathana publications, Chennai, India.