Ayurveda ex­perts to get hands-on info on herbs from trib­als

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - Sud­hir Ku­mar sud­hir.ku­mar1@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

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.

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