• Brahma Singh


India, China, and many other countries in the world follow a living tradition with herbs and herbals. In fact, India can be called an emporium of herbs. World Health Organization’s estimates quoted time and again by press, book writers, and others indicate that still 80% of world population surprisingly depends on herbals for their primary health care. Herbs being an important part of healthy life, human life, and herbals seem inseparable. The curative and preventive capabilities of herbs in most of the ailments or medicinal plants are known and documented amply too in ancient literature of different civilizations in India and abroad. The enormous literature emphasizes that nature has created a perfect system to keep human healthy. If health problem is there, herbs are also there in good number to overcome it. One has to find it out (research) and document. In this context it is further emphasized that nature has provided natural solution to most of the health aspects of human being. Herbs are identified by hit and trial method since the inception of life on planet earth. Ancient literature do have mentions of herbal medicines for much-talked-about age-related and other difficult-to-cure diseases, namely, memory loss (dementia), tremor, immunity loss, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, liver disorders, and several others for which still few or no modern medicines with high percentage of relief and subsequent management are available.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brahma Singh
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  1. 1.Former Director, Life SciencesDefence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)New DelhiIndia

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