On a quest to preserve medical herbs, Department of Commerce under the initiative of Prof. M B Sasidharan exhibited common medicinal herbs at the Al –Ameen fest on 8.12.2015. The exhibition was part of a mission to identify and preserve hundreds of medicinal plants in the state. There was a time when inhabitants relied completely on nature for their needs. Nature still provides us with everything essential but man has forgotten and neglected it seeking a substitute. The coming generation must be aware of such things and preserve this knowledge for the future. Apart from this, it also helps the people in the Ulladan community to make a decent living as this is the only form of livelihood for them. The only thing the Ulladan tribe had was the forest surrounding them and theis forced them to depend on nature and generate whatever was necessary from nature. Their knowledge was passed on to generations orally and practically. In this modern era, the members of the Ulladan tribe are those with great knowledge about the available medicinal herbs who provide the herbs and plants required for the ayurvedic treatments. Ammini, an Ulladan tribal woman, who can identify 4000 types of medicinal plants and herbs was invited to the exhibition. She explained the medicinal value of herbs to the students. Palakaila, Gnapathy naranga, Chaturamulla, Thirthaali, Manjakoduveli, Keeyamellis all having a host of medicinal properties are some of the herbs that were exhibited.
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