All educational institutions in Uttar Pradesh will now have an Aarogya Vatika to make students aware of the importance of medicinal plants.
Deputy Prime Minister Dinesh Sharma said: “Every household in our country has used plants with medicinal properties for centuries. Some even revere them. Although these age-old customs and uses of these plants have been forgotten by many. After Covid, people have understood their meaning again and have started to use them in their daily life. Our aim is to convey this to the students as well and to start the Aarogya Vatika initiative in every school. “
Aarogya Vatika is a special health nook where herbs and plants with high medicinal value and those that strengthen the immune system are planted in different city parks in different areas to make citizens aware of their health benefits in our area.
RA Ram, a scientist at the Central Institute for Sub-Tropical Horticulture (CISH), said the public could grow plants at home through kitchen gardens and patio gardens and convert waste into compost.
Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) scientist Rajesh Verma said that patients suffering from fever should consume “Kalmegh” (green chiretta).
Likewise, those suffering from ulcer or sciatica can use sarpagandha (Indian snake root), which is easy to plant and grow at home. Consuming the plants with medicinal properties also has benefits in controlling diabetes and obesity, he added.
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Posted on: Sunday September 19, 2021 6:47 p.m. IST