Since times immemorial, Indians have heavily relied on Ayurveda, the science of life, as a mode of treatment. However, modern western medications have nearly covered the traditional concept of Ayurvedic and herbal medicines.
Considering these facts, the City Corporation of Pune, has earmarked a park, to exclusively nurture Ayurvedic herbs, aiming to create awareness about the relevance of Ayurveda, and related medicinal plants.
About 300 or more species of Ayurvedic plants are exclusively grown in this garden, and the authorities are looking to include more such medicinal plants.
Visitors to the park are made aware about the identification of the plants, so that in case they have such herbs in their backyard garden or neighbourhood, these could be used as a ready means of home remedies for minor ailments.
Santosh, the Assistant Garden Superintendent, Herbal Garden, Pune, said “This Ayurvedic Garden is developed aiming to create awareness about various medicinal plants which could be used in our homes for day-to-day purposes. Many medicinal plants have been planted that can help cure ailments such as sore throat, stomach upsets, gastritis problems and more. People using these medicinal plants need not visit a doctor for such minor ailments, and can cure the diseases at their homes.”
The horticulture wing of Pune City Corporation plans to plant about 500 Ayurvedic herbs in this garden. The cost of the entire project is nearly Rupees 10 lakhs.
There is also a spacious premise set aside for preparation of Ayurvedic formulations from the herbs grown here, under proper supervision.
Santosh revealed that a hall has been built at the garden for future use, so that, a manufacturing plant could be installed, wherein the plants could be processed to make medicines. A library is also being planned to provide information to the masses, with relevant and authentic reference books on medicinal plants and their benefits. Together with Ayurvedic physicians, the plants will be documented for easy cross-reference with the books at the library.
This Ayurvedic Park is hoped to be a feather in the cap of Pune’s local administrative body. In the meanwhile, plans are on by the Corporation to develop several other parks dedicated to several such flora and fauna.