IASST harbor a well-maintained medicinal plant garden (MPG) with a huge array of medicinal shrubs and trees in its campus. Several of these medicinal plants are investigated for their potential in the treatment of metabolic syndrome such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Bioactivity guided fractionation and evaluation of bioactive principles of some of these herbs under traditional knowledge based drug discovery program are carried out with ease by having them in the MPC. Some of these plants such as certain varieties of Clerodendrum sp. are extensively researched for their antihypertensive and lipid lowering activities. The seeded banana variety Musa balbisiana has drawn international research attention in its cardio protective and anti-diabetic potential. The plants used in general healthcare since ages based on folklore and endemic knowledge are also preserved and regularly maintained for institute scientist, students and other visitors to the institute. An inventory book contains a detailed photographic and descriptive record of available plants will be available very soon. Some of the important medicinal plants of the collection in MPC are- Ambellica officinalis, Alpinia galangal, Citrus grandis, Citrus morella, Clerodendrum colebrookianum, Clerodendrum philippinum, Cuinamomum tamala, Eugenia jambolana, Murraya koenigii, Musa balbisiana, Ocimum sanctum, Stevia, Rauwalfia tetraphylla, Terminalia arjuna, Tinospora cordifolia etc.
Dr. R Devi
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