Medicinal importance of unexploited vegetable under North Eastern regions of India.
V. Singh, KH. Naseeruddin Shah, D.K. Rana
The basic role of plants like herbs, vegetables, spices, etc. is highly valuable to all the biotic races so far as the natural healing power of the botanic origin is concerned. The earliest Sanskrit writings, the Rig Veda written in about 1500 B.C. consists largely of incantation for priest doctors. Mention is made, however, of the sages who accompanied the wandering Aryan tribes with bags of healing herbs. In fact, the art of healing and knowledge of healing herbs are as old as man. Vegetables are used as a medicine and cooking purpose for centuries. Vegetables are a rich source of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, amino acids and minerals like. Iron, Potassium and Magnesium etc., they are directly involved in the metabolism of the human body. Vegetables are used as tonics, antioxidants, cooling, digestive, laxative, diuretic etc. But its progress is far behind as compared to other system of treatment; because most of the people cannot recognize, rather totally ignore the hidden power of these healing plants. In India, especially in North Eastern Region the tribal peoples are used these vegetable as a medicine for the curing of different diseases. These vegetable medicines are very effective and easily available for all the peoples and there is no side effect on human being. Different wild vegetables indirectly act as an alternative source of medicinal drugs, which are easily available in natural habitat. In the recent past there has been a tremendous increase in the use of plant based health products in developing as well as developed countries resulting in an exponential growth of herbal (vegetable) products globally. Hence, during upcoming time by analyzing these plants for available bioactive contents they may be introduced as future herbal medicine.