An estimated 6000-7000 medicinal plants are being used in India as Folk medicine and documented systems of medicines like Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, Siddha and Sowa-rigpa out of which Agasthyamalai hill region harbor about 800 species. Agasthyamalai is situated at the Southern end of Western Ghats. Vedic Sage "Agathiyar" known as father of Tamil literature who is one of the main contributors of Siddha system of medicine is believed to have resided at Agasthyamalai hill. The local tribe namely "Kani" has their settlements on these hills.
The present treatise on "Herbal Wealth of Western Ghats Agasthyamalai" offers itself as a pictorial and herbaria guide on 67 important medicinal plants, its adulterants and substitutes. First hand information on 70 Folk claims drawn out of the reported plants.
The book provides an overview of various facts of the Herbal Wealth of Agasthyamalai hill region. Further, the book is an assimilation of information containing numerous published as well as unpublished data, herbarium, crude drugs and field photos. The work carried out by Dr. G.V.R. Joseph, A.D.(Bot.) and his team under over all supervision of Dr. M.M. Pasha, Ex. D.D.G. and Prof. VD. K.S. Dhiman, D.G. CCRAS would be of immense use for researchers, academicians and all those who are working in herbal medicine sector.
This book "Herbal Wealth of Western Ghats Agasthyamalai" is all about of the readers passion to understand Herbal Wealth which is the outcome of extensive survey conducted by the then CCRAS unit located at Palayamkottai Tamil Nadu. Sh.V.Chelladurai, Ex. R.O. (Botany), Dr. M.P.S. Subramanian, R.O. (Botany) CCRS and their team collected folk claims and the basic information. Dr.G.V.R.Joseph, A.D. (Botany) is instrumental in carrying out Digitization of Herbarium project with the assistance of supporting staff Dr.Jagdish Arya, A.R.O in CCRAS. He scanned all herbarium with utmost care and visited Agasthyar hill for the collection of basic information with photographs. The book provides an overview of various facts including updated botanical nomenclature, distribution, IUCN status, uses, threat perspective, formulation/s etc.. Safety/Toxicity and contra-indications were also covered on the reported plants. Information on folk claims of the reported plants, high quality images of plant and herbarium will certainly act as a ready reckoner for those who are working in herbal medicine sector. My deep appreciation to the work carried out by Dr.B.S.Sharma, Dr.M.M.Sharma and Dr.Sanjay Kumar Lale who put their sincere efforts in going through the Ayurvedic portion of the manuscript. I acknowledge Mrs.Rosy, Mrs.Prerna, Mrs.B.Susmitha, Mr.Ashish Tripathi for their invaluable support and assistance in compiling the text material of the book and secretarial assistance given by Md.Haroon Ansari, DEO, Mr. Sunil Rawat, DEO, Ms.Aarti Negi, DEO, Mr.Sushil Kumar Raturi, DEO, Mr.Jerson George Ex. DEO and Ms.Sunita Ex. DEO. My appreciation is due to Dr.M.M.Padhi, Ex. Dy. Director General for his unstinting cooperation who encouraged the team throughout the work. Special thanks is due to Prof.V.K.Joshi, Chairman, APC for his valuable and commendable suggestions.
Above all, I express my sincere thanks with gratitude to Sh.Ajit M. Sharan, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH for his encouragement and vision.
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