The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) will promote a herbal garden in which ayurvedic medicinal plants will be grown at Aundh district hospital here. An area will be reserved at the hospital for developing the garden, Dr Kanchan Jagtap, Deputy Director, Pune district said.
AYUSH had invited proposals for setting up of such herbal gardens.
Besides the Aundh district hospital, the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences at Nashik has also proposed the creation of a Nakshatra garden.
Ayurvedic plants are known to have medicinal properties. For instance, the ashwagandha plant is used to treat ailments like arthritis, stress and anxiety disorder while the tulsi plant is also known for its therapeutic properties, Jagtap said.
The project has been submitted to the National Medicinal Plants Board of the Department of AYUSH, Jagtap said, adding that an acre of land has been requested to develop the herbal garden.
“We are consulting ayurvedic experts about the different plants that can be planted,” Jagtap said. “Local medicinal plants like tulsi, aloe vera, kalmegh, ashwagandha and lemongrass can be grown in a clean manner at the proposed garden,” she further said.
Herbal gardens, where medicinal plants are grown, provide a ready source of raw materials for the preparation of such ayurvedic medicines.
According to traditional belief, ancient herbal gardens lead to spiritual upliftment of the surroundings, Jagtap said.
These gardens, she said, absorb cosmic energy and create a peaceful atmosphere, leading to positive vibrations. This eventually results in qualitative improvement in work and increased productivity.
Dr Arun Jamkar, the vice-chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, told The Indian Express that the purpose of a constellation garden is also to provide valuable information about celestial bodies, zodiacs and medicinal plants through various signboards.
A green pocket at the varsity is also a place of relaxation, Jamkar said.
“It is an innovative concept. The Nakshatra garden helps to sustain human life,” Jamkar also said.
“According to popular belief, there are 27 nakshatras and nine planets that correspond to these nakshatras. It is believed that each tree here keeps giving energy to the person born during that particular star. So any ailments that one suffers from can be healed by spending time near that tree. It also signifies how valuable trees are for our survival,” Jamkar pointed out