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Survey, Collection & Cultivation of Medicinal Plants
Survey, Collection & Cultivation of Medicinal Plants
The availability of authentic medicinal plant material is an important basis for Drug Standardisation studies which contributes to the growth of any system of medicine. Around 80% of homoeopathic medicines are derived from vegetable sources. CCRH has accorded due importance to this aspect and has established a Survey of Medicinal Plants and Collection Unit at Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Tamilnadu now shifted to the site of the Research Garden at Emerald, Nilgiri District (Tamil Nadu).The unit has conducted 163 surveys and supplied 454 raw drugs to Units for carrying out Standardisation studies till 31st march 2014.
  A Homoeopathic Medicinal Plant Cultivation Research Garden was established in Nilgiri District (Tamil Nadu) for Cultivation of selected medicinal plants, especially exotic used in Homoeopathy and difficult in indigenous availability. The garden has 12.7 acres of land, allotted on lease basis from Govt. of Tamilnadu. Cineraria maritima, an exotic plant used in preparation of widely used homoeopathic eye drop has been cultivated successfully. A number of other useful exotic and indigenous medicinal plants are also raised in the garden.

The research unit also maintains a herbarium, where specimens of plants collected from the field (both homoeopathic and non-homoeopathic) have been made into herbarium sheets for the discerning public, research workers and students of medical colleges and pharmacy.
 
Publications
 
Check List of Homoeopathic Medicinal Plants of India
The revised and enlarged edition of the book was published in the year 1996 and reprinted 3rd edition in 2003. The compilation includes information on 369 species belonging to 301 genera of 109 families. The common names of medicinal plants have been added in various regional languages besides English and Hindi. The Check List is useful for research workers, students, academicians and who so ever interested in the medicinal plants used in Homoeopathy.
A Hand Book of Medicinal Plants used in Homoeopathy Vol. I
The Council has published pictorial book on Homoeopathic Medicinal Plants in the year 2005. This publication aims at providing concise information viz. botanical name, synonyms, family, common names, description, distribution, part used, history/authority and homoeopathic uses alongwith picture of 316 medicinal plants used in Homoeopathy. The book is useful to large section of people who are adherents to Homoeopathic Systems of Medicine.
 
Plants in Ethnomedicine of Nilgiri Tribes in Tamil Nadu, India.
The book contains intensive field work based on ethnomedical data collected from six primitive tribes namely Todas, Kotas, Kurumbas, Irulas, Paniyas and Kattunayakas in the Nilgiri hills, Tamil Nadu. The information concerning the combination of different plants in the preparation of medicine, dosage and food restriction practice have been gathered and documented in this study by using plants and plant parts for curative purposes.
Location
 
Survey of Medicinal Plants and Collection Unit and its Research Garden at  Emerald Post, Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu-643209.
 
         
A bed of Cineraria maritima Heliotropium Peruvianum
Sambucus nigra Symphytum officinale
Viola tricolor
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