Medicinal Plants Mentioned in Tamil Sangam Anthologies
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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.
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