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Herbal garden to come up at Aundh district hospital to grow medicinal plants
anuradha mascharenhas | Pune | Updated: Nov 03 2013, 01:39 IST

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. 


Ayush dept bans use of prefix & suffix with name of licensed Ayurveda, Siddha & Unani drugs

Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai
Friday, November 01, 2013, 08:00 Hrs [IST]

Thousands of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani drug manufacturers in the country have now to change their decades old brand names as the Department of Ayush has banned the use of any prefix or suffix with the name of all licensed Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani medicines.

The Ayush department's sudden action in this regard comes following a decision to this effect by The Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani Drugs Technical Advisory Board. By banning the use of any prefix or suffix with the name of licensed Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani medicines, the government wanted to discourage the Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani drug manufacturers from mimicking the names of these drugs.

For example, by mimicking the product 'Chyawanprash', there are products like 'Sona-Chandi Chyawanprash', 'Chyawanprash Special', etc. in the market. Now the manufacturers have to remove the suffix and prefix like these from their products.

The department has amended the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to insert the Drugs and Cosmetics (5th Amendment) Rules, 2013 under which the department has inserted sub-rule (1B) and sub-rule (1C) after the sub-rule (1A) in rule 157 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

A notification issued by the Ayush department said, "(1B) No manufacturer shall use any prefix or suffix with the name of Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani medicine falling within the purview of clause (a) of Section 3 of the Act, except as specified in books listed in the First Schedule to the Act: Provided that notwithstanding the normal license renewal time period provided in rule 156, the licensee of such Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani medicine, which is not in conformity with the rules, shall seek renewal of the license with appropriate name of the medicine within one year from the date of publication of the Drugs and Cosmetics (5th Amendment) Rules, 2013: 

Provided further that the anonymous formulations mentioned in the authoritative Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani books and covered under clause (a) of Section 3 of the Act are named on the basis of first ingredient of such formulations with or without the use of prefix or suffix mentioned in the said authoritative books: 

Provided also that no Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani medicine with the date of manufacture prior to the publication of the Drugs and Cosmetics (5th Amendment) Rules, 2013 shall be affected.

(1C) The names of patent or proprietary Ayurveda, Siddha or Unani medicines falling under the purview of clause (h) of Section 3 of the Act, except to the extent of using the names of dosage forms of such formulations, shall not resemble or mimic the names of formulations specified under clause (a) of that section and mentioned in the books listed in the First Schedule of the Act."


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