medicinal plants: markets to produce

National Seminar on
29-30 April 2015
Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi
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Medicinal plants have been identified and used
throughout human history. Plants have the
ability to synthesize a wide variety of chemical
compounds that are used to perform important
biological functions, and to defend against
attack from insects, fungi and herbivorous
mammals. At least 12,000 such compounds
have been isolated so far; a number estimated to
be less than 10% of the total. Chemical
compounds in plants mediate their effects on
the human body through processes identical to those already well understood for the
chemical compounds in conventional drugs; thus herbal medicines do not differ
greatly from conventional drugs in terms of how they work. This enables herbal
medicines to be as effective as conventional medicines, but also give them the same
potential to cause harmful side effects.
The use of plants as medicines predates written human history. Ethnobotany (the
study of traditional human uses of plants) is recognized as an effective way to discover
future medicines. 80% of these have had ethnomedical uses identical or related to the
current use of the active elements of the plant. Many of the pharmaceuticals currently
available to physicians have a long history of use as herbal remedies, including
aspirin, digitalis, quinine, and opium.
The use of herbs to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialized
societies, and is often more affordable than purchasing expensive modern
pharmaceuticals. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of
the population of some Asian and African countries presently use herbal medicine for
some aspect of primary health care. Studies in the United States and Europe have
shown that their use is less common in clinical settings, but has become increasingly
more in recent years as scientific evidence about the effectiveness of herbal medicine.
Himalayan sage scholars of Traditional Medicine have said “Nanaushadhi Bhootam
Jagat Kinchit” i.e. `there is no plant in the world, which does not have medicinal
properties.' The ancient scholars are estimated
to know the medicinal properties of hundreds
of species of plants. Although, the uses of
plants for human health are probably as old as
human beings themselves. The recent
dramatic increase in sales of herbal products
in global markets underscores the growing
popularity of herbal therapies. The annual
global export value of pharmaceutical plants
in 2011 accounted for over US$2.2 billion.
Cultivation of medicinal plant is gaining ground
because of the sky rocketing prices of allopathic
medicines, which also have side effects. Cultivation of
medicinal plants is economically very attractive. India's
abundance of diverse medicinal plant resources and the
country's extensive experience in the application of
traditional medical practices offer a unique opportunity
to provide affordable and accessible medicine to
economically marginalized communities. Indian
government promotes Indian system of medicine
through department of AYUSH .The Department
continued to lay emphasis on upgradation of AYUSH educational standards, quality
control & standardization of drugs, improving the availability of medicinal plant
material, research & development and awareness generation about the efficacy of the
systems domestically and internationally. To
fulfill this aim, NESA is pleased to organise two
days National seminar to encourage medicinal
plants cultivation, their conservation (in-situ,
e x - s i t u ) i m p o r t a n c e , Ay u r v e d i c d r u g
formulation , marketing of herbs, development of
advanced nutraceuticals and much more.
Eminent personalities in the field of medicinal
plants and Ayurveda will address delegates and
farmers during the seminar.
Cultivation of Medicinal Plants
Global & Domestic Market Demand of Medicinal Plants
Ethnobotany and Modern Research & Development
Medicinal Plants in Ayurvedic and Unani System of Medicines
Standardization and Quality Control of Herbs Produce
Medicinal Plant Biodiversity: Species in danger and Conservation
Recent Advances in Medicinal Plant Research
Role of Govt. Policies: NMPB, Horticulture and Agriculture Departments to
Promote Medicinal Plants Conservation and Cultivation
9. Medicinal Plants as New Sources of Nutraceuticals and Cosmeticeuticals
10. Role of Tissue Culture in Medicinal Plants
11. Medicinal Plants Cultivation: Crop Diversification through Farmers
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