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Kerala Medicinal Plants

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Importance of Kerala medicinal plants 

Kerala is the largest hub of high potential medicinal plants in the world, the  soil structure, and climatic conditions of Kerala is well suitable for creating high utility herbs, contents of minerals and nature of soils keeps the herbs in high potency. Kerala lead in the global spices market is an example for this. Even our spices were the primary factor for attracting foreigners to India in the ancient times. The Romans, Dutch, Portuguese and the English were to India for the search of these spices.

Why plant should be protected!

Unfortunately, we failed to recognize the importance of herbs to be protected. Our lack of knowledge, disinterest, and ignorance to these make us  destroy these natural resources. Abundant of herbal plants are getting extinct from earth today. We need to take immediate action to protect them to save nature and our life as well, otherwise, the consequence will be unpredictable, we have to share our knowledge and important of herbs to be protected for the next generation. Let them know the importance of herbs and their uses show how it was used in the past, so we are trying to prove natural remediation through herbs for all diseases prevailing in the world today. This is our little effort to bother people of the next generation to the importance of the  plants to be protected.

Raw or preserved Ayurveda herbals – Angadi Marunnukal

Raw or preserved Ayurveda herbal medicines are generally termed as ‘Angadi Marunnukal’ in Kerala language-‘Angady’ means  shops or market and ‘Marunnu’ means medicine so it can be define as herbs which  are available in the market or shop. Usually the dried parts of medicinal plants like roots, stem, wood, bark, leaves, flowers, Seeds, rhizomes, resins, latex, fruits, and whole plants are used as raw materials for the production of traditional remedies of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Homeopathy.

Herbal medicines get the significance since they are extracted or created from herbs. In the Ancient times due to the scarcity in the availability of Ayurveda plants at all seasons and places, people used to process Ayurveda medicines and created herbal medicines instead of fresh herbs such that they could be stored and can be used at all times whenever necessary.

According to the Ayurveda, how to process medicines when to process medicines and where to process the medicines are clearly mentioned in the “Dravya Samskaran”. Effective way of processing medicines is necessary to preserve the medicines without losing its quality or potency….
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Click to find the list of Preserved herbs-Angady Marunnukal

Categories of Ayurvedic herbal medicines under formulations-Oushadayogangal

In Ayurvedic treatments, medicines are prepared from plants or plant parts (leaf, root, flower, etc.), more than 7000 different varieties of herbal plants are used for this purpose. These combinations are known as ‘Oushada Yogangal’ (Ayurvedic Herbal formulations). There are 19 types of herbal formulation as follows:-

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Plants related to astrological stars

According to Indian astrology, there are 27 birth stars; each star of a person is related to a tree according to their birth star. It is said to be better to plant those tree for this person.

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