Ayurveda practitioners in Tripura come together to conserve herbal biodiversity

Spread over an area of two hectares, this garden at Netajinagar village in Kanchanpur sub division of Tripura has more than 500 species of herbs.

The garden is one among the many herbal gardens started in the area by some 55 traditional Ayurveda practitioners under the banner of Vaidyaraj Herbal Growers Society.

The members of the society with little financial and technical help from the Centre for Forest Based Livelihood and Extension, Agartala have collected hundreds of rare species of herbs useful for preparing Ayurveda medicines from far flung areas and are growing them in these gardens.

The members of the society, who belong to different tribes, gather regularly in the garden to nurture the herbs and share their traditional knowledge.

The group is also compiling and documenting their ancestral knowledge on Ayurveda in the form of a book to pass it on to the future generations. Traditional medicines used to be extremely popular across India and steps are now being taken to revive the old practices.

Besides helping in conserving the local bio-diversity, this will also go a long way in generating employment.

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