Medical plants have long been an important part of Ayurvival, and this year’s summit was an event to celebrate the ancient medicine, said Dr. Manoj Singh, who chairs the Medical Plants Council of India (MPCI).
The Indian medical establishment has long relied on medicinal plants, especially those used in the treatment of respiratory problems and digestive ailments, as a way of improving the quality of life.
In recent years, medicinal plants have become increasingly popular as they are effective treatments for a wide range of ailments, from asthma to chronic pain, and have also been used for weight loss and depression.
The 2016-2017 MGPI-MPCII conference, which was held in Bangalore, had attracted over 1,000 delegates from all over the world and included representatives from more than 100 countries, including the United States, Germany, Israel, Sweden and Japan.
The two-day event, which concluded on Sunday, featured an intensive three-day program focusing on Ayurvesic and medical plants.
The first session focused on Ayumu, an indigenous plant, and its use for treating respiratory diseases and cough.
The herb was said to have been used to treat “all kinds of ailments,” from asthma and chronic cough to allergies and chronic pain.
The second session focused mainly on the medicinal use of Ayumutani, an herb commonly used in Ayurva to treat digestive problems and the nervous system.
This plant, which has been used in India for centuries, has been said to treat a wide variety of ailments including arthritis, chronic pain and depression, and is also used for its antioxidant properties.
The third session focused around Ayudhi, a plant from the South Indian region of Odisha, which is traditionally used for treating urinary tract infections.
The plant is used for a variety of purposes, including relieving urinary tract congestion and constipation, as well as treating and preventing chronic cough.
According to the conference website, participants were able to get a glimpse into the world of medicinal plants through various sessions.
The main focus of the three-week course was on Ayudhya, which “is a herb from the region of Pudukottai in Odisha.”
This herb is said to be used for many things including respiratory ailments, diarrhea, cough, and as a pain reliever.
The participants were also able to see the world through a different perspective through a visit to the Indian Institute of Ayush, a major AyurVigyan temple in Bangalore.
“Our focus was on the Ayudhudhi and the Ayumuvani, two of the oldest medicinal plants in India,” said Dr Singh.
The two plants are often referred to as the three medicinal plants of India.
The four days of the conference were dedicated to promoting the Ayur Vedas, the ancient Indian medicine manual, and to discussing the importance of medicinal and herbal medicines in treating diseases and illnesses.
Dr. Manocha Singh, chairman of the Medical Flowers Council of Indias MGPIs-MNC, said that the Ayus and Ayudhis are very important and valuable medicines, and it was very important for the medical establishment to spread awareness of them.
The medical authorities in the country are very conscious of their medicinal properties and they want people to have access to these medicines, he added.