Ayurveda experts to get hands-on info on herbs from tribals
VARANASI: Over 150 Ayurveda experts, including doctors, students and professors from government Ayurvedic colleges, will get hands-on experience about difference species of trees, plants, herbs and shrubs from tribals of Sonbhandra.
They will spend five days with the tribals in villages of Sonbhadra sharing boundary with Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand under Maharshi Charak Vananchal Swasthya Seva Yatra from July 1 to 5.
“The yatra by Vishwa Ayurveda Parishad is aimed at organising medical camps to provide free diagnostic, treatment and medicines to tribals. We have constituted 10 teams each comprising 15 experts,” prof KK Dwivedi, coordinator of the yatra in tribal belt said.
The teams have to attend locals in medical camps, one each in tribal villages, he said.
“We will apprise the tribals of medicinal value and use of different trees, shrubs, herbs and plants that are found in abundance in forests of Sonbhadra and Mirzapur so that they learn to preserve them,” prof Dwivedi said. They will be informed about medicinal use of Arjuna, Sahjan, Guduchi, Giloy and other trees.
“What is more important is that medicinal value of several species of plants, shrubs and herbs that are not well known to us. But tribals use them to treat various ailments. We will learn about it from them,” Prof Dwivedi said.
Generally tribals pass on the knowledge about medicinal importance of trees, herbs and shrubs to their next generation and don’t share it with outsiders, he said.
“But with this exercise, Ayurveda experts plans to prepare a record of such plants and put it for better use,” Dwivedi said. Prof Dwivedi said the students of BAMS, MD, doctors, professors from different state Ayurvedic medical college, Chauka Ghat and Faculty of Ayurvedic medicines, BHU and other government Ayurvedic colleges will be part of the yatra.