The Arogyadham Institution, has come up with a unique ayurvedic museum that has rich collection of around 600 specimen of medicinal plants and rare herbs. It will be the only museum with such collection in the country.
While the museum boasts of a number of medicinal plants and herbs with therapeutic value like ‘kalmegh’ (andrographi pomiculata), ‘kutki’ (picrorhiza kurroa) and ‘ashwagandha’ (witheria somnifera) known for anti-viral properties against hosts of virus including H1N1 (swine flu), herpes simplex virus (HSV1 and HSV2) and hepatitis B virus, parts of traditional medicinal plants, including garlic (allium sativum), turmeric (curcuma longa) and tulsi (ocimum sanctum) have also been preserved.
“No other Ayurvedic institute in the country presently has such rich collection of specimen of medicinal plants and herbs in the country,” said Dr.Rakesh Agarwal “. Similarly, parts of medicinal plants with therapeutic value, including bulb of onion, rhizome of turmeric and leaves of tulsi, are also preserved at the museum,” he added.
It may be mentioned here that the Ex Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Suraj Bhan inaugurated the museum. Apart from the museum, as many as three ayurvedic research labs have been also established on the first floor of the building.
Saying that the museum is open to visitors and students, including foreign nationals, Dr. Rakesh Agarwal emphasized that it would also act as guiding tool for research scholars, who can refer to the museum for seeking information regarding the medicinal and therapeutic properties of herbs and medicinal plants. “The museum remains open for nine hours (8 am to 5 pm) and the viewing is free of cost,” he said.