Medicinal and Aromatic Plants : Strategies and Technologies for Conservation. Scientific Evaluation And Conservation Strategies Of Tribals' Hidden Heritage Of India.

Author

O.P.Gupta*, V.K. Lai & Bishnupriya Dhar

Proceeding

Symposium 'State-of-the-Art Strategies and Technologies for Conservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants' held under the auspices of G-15 Gene Banks for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Date

29/9/1997

Keyword

Medicinal & aromatic plants, folk-claims, ethnopharmacology, conservation, gene-banks

Abstract

In India almost 80% of the population depend on traditional system of medicine. During the last few decades considerable interest has been evinced in the study of folk drugs used in different diseases by the tribals/native people. Conservation of their knowledge which has been inherited from generations is of utmost importance. In recent years, scientific studies on such drugs have led to the discovery of novel and potent compounds for the treatment of vanous diseases. Thus, there is an urgent need of multidisciplinary and well coordinated programmes for collection and documentation of folk claims for the purpose of conservation of important plants as well as their scientific evaluation for the development of new plant based drugs.