Union Ayush Minister Shripad Naik has said that the Central Government will establish a National Ordnance Center to preserve local health traditions and ethnographic practices in the country.
Traditional systems of medicine have provided health care to millions of people worldwide and have also been accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO), he said.
“However, over-exploitation of these medicinal plants has brought many of them to the brink of extinction. It is the need of the hour that the strategies be designed for their sustainable use and to preserve them for future generations, ”Naik told PTI in an interview.
“Therefore, the need is to document local health traditions and ethnographic practices that have to be protected from extinction as part of the conservation of organisms,” he said.
The Ministry of AYUSH has already started the process of documenting and identifying various local health traditions and ethnic practices from across the country.
“It is a large-scale and meticulous exercise that has been planned as an important initiative of the ministry,” Naik said.
The Delhi-based Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) held a brainstorming session with scientists and stakeholders on the issue.
“CCRAS is also involved in the medico-ethnobotanical survey and has discovered about 1.5 lakh medicinal plants.
“Over the course of the study, it has collected claims from 10,000 folklore that have been prevalent for years and in most cases passed orally from one generation to another,” he said.
The minister said that in order to preserve and validate the claims of folklore, it is important that they are properly documented and preserved.
Stating that there is a need for conservation of medicinal plants, Naik said that the central government is committed to conserving terrestrial and marine resources to all-natural habitats – bio-reserves, national parks, reserved forests and others. PTI