A plant that has been used for centuries in the Middle East to treat cough and cold has grown in the Himalayas and Nepal, and is being cultivated by local farmers, Chinese state media said on Thursday.
The Mullein plant, a medicinal tree that grows in South Asia and Southeast Asia, has been cultivated in Nepal, Bhutan, Bhikkhunand, Bhil, Nepal, Sikkim, Sikki, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
It is believed that the Mullein was first cultivated in India in the 8th century, and later in Tibet, where it was used to treat asthma and bronchitis, Xinhua said.
The medicinal uses of Mullein are unclear, Xinhuanet quoted the Chinese government as saying.
The plant has been grown commercially in Bhutan since the 1980s, Xinhuang Daily reported.