Plants – The future `miracle drug`

Coimbatore: Plants can lead us to a `miracle drug` in future and no other source can be as effective as them to discover new medicines for existing human ailments, a top scientist said today.

Dr K Nirmal Babu, Principal Scientist, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Kozhikode, stressed the role of spices, especially ginger, pepper and turmeric in curing existing diseases like cancer and diabetes.

He was highlighting the role of plants in medicine in the current scenario, at a two-day workshop on `man and medicinal plants,` organised at Bharathiar University here, Stating that increase of life style diseases was popularising the concept of `nutraceuticals` --letting food be our medicine--, he said nutrition and health gardens in our homesteads will particularly help in providing nutrition and health security for economically weaker sections of society.

Over 150 delegates from R and D institutions, academic institutions, research scholars and students are attending the workshop.