‘We should all be familiar with medicinal plants’ | Mysore News
Mysuru: Emphasizing the need to familiarize with the knowledge of traditional medicinal plants and herbal medicine, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Madhu Sharma said on Friday: “Knowledge of valuable medicinal plants is indispensable not only for the staff of the forest department, but for everyone, as it helps in the fight against various diseases.”
Madhu, a participant in the Third Divisional Level Workshop organized by the Department of Botany, University of Mysore (UoM) at its Manasagangothri campus, in association with the Karnataka State Traditional Herbal Medicine Authority, National Biodiversity Council and the National Office for Medicinal Plants, have expressed concern that medicinal plants are growing freely in the forests and being smuggled, due to public ignorance of their value. She expressed her dismay at the gradual disappearance of medicinal plants from agricultural fields.
Former UoM vice-chancellor SR Niranjan said botanists had identified more than 2,000 medicinal plants. “Since several drugs and medicines are banned by governments around the world, we must undertake research on traditional medicine to improve our health and well-being. Pharmaceutical research needs to focus more in this area.
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests BA Sudarshan, also Chief Executive Officer of the Karnataka State Herbal Authority, said, “We have decided to write a vision document on the preservation of herbal medicines for the next 10 years. We collect the opinions of expert botanists, who participate in workshops like this one. Such workshops have been organized in the forestry divisions of Kalaburagi and Belagavi. We will soon be holding a state level workshop on herbal medicine in Bangalore. »
Additional Chief Conservator of Forests Anitha S ArekalHead of Botany Department at UoM, K Amruthesh and Prof Rajkumar Garamappalli were among those who attended the event.