More than 900 medicinal plants are used in both classical and oral health tradition including tribal medicines: Scientists at the Department of Ethnomedicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute – Kerala

The Hindu, Kozhikode, February 16, 2013 | Read the full article here >>

The vitality of different styles of massage practiced by tribal communities across the State, besides the curative use of herbal vapour among them, were on display during a week-long workshop for tribal youth organised by the Kerala Institute for Research, Training and Development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (KIRTADS) here on the KIRTADS campus. […]

Besides five students each from five ethno medicine centres in different districts of the State, nearly 45 youth hailing from the Paniya and Adiya tribal communities across Kerala participated in the workshop.
“The demonstration of different massaging methods practiced by the tribal communities was a real learning experience for the participants,” N. Viswanathan Nair, former director of KIRTADS and one of the organisers, said. […]

Source: Restorative power of massage on show – The Hindu
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Heavily exploited to fuel the booming global market for herbal drugs, more than 100 medicinal plant species in Kerala have been pushed to the verge of extinction. Unsustainable extraction from the wild and unscientific methods of cultivation are endangering more species.

Scientists feel that the threat to medicinal plants would impact on the rich biodiversity of Kerala.

“India, having two out of the 34 biodiversity hotspots of the world, is perhaps the largest producer of medicinal plants in the world. Of the 43,000 plant species recorded in India, 3,000 are known to possess medicinal properties,” says S. Rajasekharan, Head, Department of Ethnomedicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) at Palode near here.

800 licensed units

The vast resource of medicinal plants has been widely used in various traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Amchi. There are more than 800 licensed units in Kerala manufacturing traditional medicines. It is estimated that 85 to 90 per cent of the medicinal plants used by these units are collected from the wild.

“In Kerala more than 900 medicinal plants are used in both classical and oral health tradition including tribal medicines. Out of these 200 medicinal plants are largely extracted for the preparation of diverse medicinal and food products,” observes Dr. Rajasekharan. […]

Dr. Rajasekharan feels that inventorisation, documentation and evaluation of medicinal plants should be given top priority. […]

The indiscriminate destruction of plants in public places by workers engaged under the employment guarantee scheme is a major cause for concern, he says.

Source: Medicinal plant resources under stress in the State – The Hindu
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The Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) here is embarking on a research project to evaluate the platelet augmentation activity of selected medicinal plants found in the Western Ghats. The project has been taken up as a response to the epidemic of viral fevers, including dengue fever, leptospirosis and malaria, across the State. […]

Director, JNTBGRI, Dr. P.G. Latha told The Hindu that the project was designed as an intervention to tackle the rising incidence of dengue infection that often acquired epidemic proportions in Kerala. […]

“There are likely to be plants with more potent activity. This project is all about identifying such species. If we come up with positive leads, JNTBGRI will think of tying up with Oushadhi for clinical trials,” she said.

According to Dr. S. Rajasekharan, Senior Project Consultant and former Head, Division of Ethnomedicine and Ethnopharmacology, JNTBGRI, the selection of medicinal plants for the study will be based on traditional knowledge obtained from classical and oral health traditions, including tribal medicine.

Source: Search for herbal cure for viral fevers – The Hindu
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The Jawarharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), as part of its developmental plans, will spend Rs.50 lakh to turn the 2015 National Games Village eco-friendly. The 50,000 sq. ft lawn area and the boundary walls of the Games Village will be decorated with carpet grass. Five thousand potted plants will be on display and the village will also have eco-friendly sculptures.

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Athletes and sports officials from various States can look forward to a soothing environment during their stay at the National Games Village at Menankulam, near here, next year. […]

The highlight of the work will be the herbal, spices and bamboo gardens. All the plants will have detailed identification boards with relevant information for easy understanding. The press note said the greenery would be interspersed with sculptures made from eco-friendly materials. […]

The JNTBGRI is making necessary arrangements to overcome the problem posed by the poor water holding capacity of the soil at Menankulam.

The plants will be brought from the JNTBGRI campus at Puthenthope and the research institute at Palode.

Source: JNTBGRI to green Games Village – The Hindu
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