Nagpur: Vidarbha has many jungles and forests in its vicinity. The forests and jungles in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur area are rich in herbal medicinal plants and trees.
With the World class Patanjali Herbal Park coming up in MIHAN, many youngsters including from the Naxal belt, would get gainful employment in collecting herbs from jungles.
These herbs could also be grown in their fields so that Patanjali company could buy these herbs and medicinal plants from them at a good price. With the jungles and forests located close to the manufacturing or processing unit, the transportation would not cost a lot too. This training to the youngsters of Vidarbha could help them gain knowledge of picking up the right root, plant or bark at the right ripe time so that they become useful in making herbal medicines.
Indians are reputed to be masters of the knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants. In general use, herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or fragrances for their savory or aromatic properties. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs from spices. Herbs refer to the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), while spices are produced from other parts of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered “herbs”, including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, root bark, inner bark (and cambium), resin and pericarp.
Some plants contain phytochemicals that have effects on the body. There may be some effects when consumed in the small levels that typify culinary “spicing”, and some herbs are toxic in larger quantities. In India, the Ayurveda medicinal system is based on herbs. Medicinal use of herbs in Western cultures has its roots in the Hippocratic (Greek) elemental healing system, based on a quaternary elemental healing metaphor. Famous herbalist of the Western tradition include Avicenna (Persian), Galen (Roman), Paracelsus (German Swiss), Culpepper (English) and the botanically inclined Eclectic physicians of 19th century/early 20th century America (John Milton Scudder, Harvey Wickes Felter, John Uri Lloyd). Modern pharmaceuticals had their origins in crude herbal medicines, and to this day, some drugs are still extracted as fractionate/isolate compounds from raw herbs and then purified to meet pharmaceutical standards.