A total of thirty tribal
vaidyas from Sukinda in Jajpur district of Odisha planted traditional medicinal
plant (15 September) at the herbal garden of Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM), Tata
Steel. As part of the third edition of Green Therapy Programme, the vaidyas
planted around 200 saplings of 35 varieties of medicinal plants which they have
been using for a long time. These plants have therapeutic properties and the
intent has been to pass on the near-extinct knowledge of natural healing
practices to the next generation.
Green Therapy Programme focuses on
biodiversity and ethno-botanical traditions, and is a platform to create
opportunities of learning through knowledge sharing sessions, documenting
lesser-known or near-extinct practices, nurturing of plants with medicinal
values and promoting traditional and tribal culture. The saplings planted
include Jesthi madhur (Glycyrhiza glabra),Mutha (Cyperous rotundus), Shweata
arka (Calotropis procera), Dudura (Datura metel), Indrajaba (Acalypha indica),
Methi(Mentha spicata), etc.
The healing properties of the planted
saplings can address ailments like cold and cough, dysentery, Asthma, Kidney
problem, Joint pain, etc. The herbal garden at SCM is spread across 0.47
hectares which already has more than 20 varieties of medicinal plants like Neem,
Bela, Ashoka, etc.
of the tribal vaidyas, hailing from villages like Mahulkhal, Baragazi,
Kendubani, Deogaon, Anal, Bandhaniya from Jajpur and Dhenkanal districts follow
a tradition which has not been documented and may gradually fade from memory.
Therefore, the plantation programme was followed by a knowledge sharing session
between the tribal vaidyas and scholars like Dr.
Pravarkar Pradhan, Assistant Professor, Utkalmani Gopalbandhu, Government
Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Puri and Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Das, Scientist,
Central Ayurveda Research Institute for Hepatobiliary Disorders, Bhubaneshwar,
Chief speaker and Guest of the Honour of the event, respectively. There was
also a display of various herbs at the programme.
Appreciating the initiative, Dr Pradhan
opined that such interactive sessions will enrich the repository of traditional
and tribal knowledge of natural healing practices while protecting and
preserving the rich bio-diversity.
Reiterating company’s commitment for the
cause, Mr R R Satpathy, General Manager, Operations, Ferro Alloys and Minerals
Division, Tata Steel, said: “The third edition of Green Therapy has created
more awareness on the subject among the communities and scholars. This platform
will certainly help to further the cause of bio-diversity while promoting and
protecting our traditional practices.
PRI members, Union office
bearers of SCM union, other employees of Tata Steel, Tata Steel Rural
Development Society unit head, local villagers, media persons were present on