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have been source of invaluable medicinal plants since the
time man realized the preventive and curative properties of
plants and started using them for human health cover. Even
when no synthetic medicines existed , our forefathers had
been depending on herbs and medicinal plants and their derivatives
to cure common ailments. Our age- old traditional Indian system
of medicine (ISM ) , one of the most ancient medicine practices
known to the world, derives maximum of its formulations from
plants and plant extracts that exist in the forests.
80% of worlds population depends on the plant based traditional
forms of mercines for meeting their primary health care
25% of the allopathic medicines are derived from plant material.
system of medicine namely Ayurveda, Sidha and Unani has
evolved over hundreds of years.
and Tribal system of traditional medicine is equally important.
of medicinal flora occurs in forests. However, more than
70% collection from forests involves destructive harvesting.
Consequently, there is a threat to the genetic stock and
The general forest degradation process adversely affects the
resource base of medicinal and herbal plants both in terms
of quantity as well as quality. Rural poor, whose dependence
on these products is very heavy, are the worst sufferer. The
problem is compounded by market demand driven harvesting without
any concern for regeneration and conservation. In this process,
essential regenerative components of a plant like bark, roots
flowers and fruits are indiscriminately collected leading
to degradation and depletion and even demise of a particular
species, if proper remedial measure are not taken. Many important
medicinal plants like Rauvalfia serpentina, Curcuma caesia,
Dioscorea spp, Chlorophytum spp. etc are becoming
rare and some of them are critically endangered. It is estimated
that 10% of all plant species and 21% of mammal species are
currently endangered in India.
PPA is addressing the issue of health cover by evolving a
feasible mechanism for in-situ / ex-situ conservation, domestication,
propagation and non destructive harvesting with the active
help and support from local people including traditional healers
and vaidyas. The socio-cultural, spiritual and medicinal arena
of the rural populace, particularly the tribals will form
the backbone. It is hoped that with appropriate inter sectoral
linkages; this community based conservation and utilization
strategy can meaningfully strengthen the human health cover
in rural areas.