"International Journal of Herbal Medicine"

Volume 1, Issue 2


Traditional home gardens: A preserve of medicinal plants


Author(s): Sangeeta Bajpai*, A.K. Sharma, and V.K. Kanungo
Department of Botany Govt. N.P.G. College of Science, Raipur, 492010 (C.G.) India

Abstract: Traditional home gardens have been described as man-managed ecosystems with high energy subsidy, complex structure, and multiple functions. These have been reported as treasure trove of a rich biodiversity of plant species including medicinal plants used for traditional home remedies of various ailments. A review of research work on the status of medicinal plants in traditional rural home gardens is presented with the objective to explore them as potential preservation site for medicinal plants. From the available literature it can be ascertained that these traditional rural home gardens can be a suitable site for conservation, propagation, and expansion of medicinal plants that form the backbone of the traditional medicine system and are fast dwindling due to over exploitation and development pattern. Widely reported presence in rural home gardens of medicinal plant species, such as, Adhatoda vasica, Nees.,  Aloe vera, Mill., Asparagus racemosus, Willd.,    Chlorophytum tuberosum, Baker., Curcuma angustifolia, Roxb.,  Dioscorea bulbifera, L., Dioscorea hispida, Dennst., Emblica officinalis, Gaertn., Gymnema sylvestre, Br.,  Rauwolfia serpentina, Benth., Terminalia arjuna, (Roxb.) Wight. and  Arn., Tinospora cordifolia, Miers.,  that are considered endangered is a further confirmation of this belief that traditional rural home gardens can be a good conservation site for domestication and conservation of these plant species.

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