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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 262-264

Proceeding report of national workshop, DRAVYA-2019 “Identification and standardization of medicinal plants”

Department of Dravyaguna, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission15-Jan-2020
Date of Acceptance16-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication14-Apr-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Meena S Deogade
Department of Dravyaguna, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Salod (Hirapur), Wardha 442001, Maharashtra.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JISM.JISM_4_20

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Deogade MS, Vidhate S. Proceeding report of national workshop, DRAVYA-2019 “Identification and standardization of medicinal plants”. J Indian Sys Medicine 2019;7:262-4

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Deogade MS, Vidhate S. Proceeding report of national workshop, DRAVYA-2019 “Identification and standardization of medicinal plants”. J Indian Sys Medicine [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Jan 26];7:262-4. Available from: https://www.joinsysmed.com/text.asp?2019/7/4/262/280524

Workshop is a great way to learn about a particular subject, projects, and methods related to skill. Attending workshops can help students achieve success in their academic environment by putting these skills into practice. Therefore, 2 days national workshop “DRAVYA-2019” was organized by the Department of Dravyaguna, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Center (MGACH and RC), Wardha, Maharashtra, India, under the ambit of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed to be University), Wardha, Maharashtra, India, on December 26, 2019–December 27, 2019.

The need to recognize and describe plants has always been especially important because of their use for food and medicinal purposes. Many species of medicinal plants become endangered and rare due to deforestation and urbanization. For example Ashoka (Saraca asoca Roxb. Willd.), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) are endangered species. Inspite of that many pharmacaeutical companies are preparing Ashokarishta, Rasanadi kwatha or Rasna Saptaka Kwatha in large level. There fore it is very difficult to say these products contains genuine drugs. Therefore, to ensure the quality and safety of marketing products and practices of standardization is of vital importance. The first step in quality control of herbal preparations is to ensure the correct identification of the plants intended for use. For that reason, the core theme decided for workshop was “Identification and standardization of medicinal plants.”

The first day of workshop on December 26, 2019 started with the inaugural function with lamp lighting, Dhanwantari Stavana, and felicitation of dignitaries. Organizing chairman of workshop Dr. Meena Deogade, Professor and Head, Department of Dravyaguna (MGACH and RC), in her welcome address enlightened the importance of theme of workshop and the reasons behind the selection of the topic. Dr. R. K. Sharma, Director, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Industrializations, Wardha, was present as an inaugurator of the event. In his speech, Dr. R. K. Sharma explained his desire to work hand in hand with Ayurveda in the field of research. This program gained a lot of importance and recognition with the august presence of the chief guest Mr. Sunil Sharma, Divisional Forest Officer, Wardha. He explained the intimate relation between Ayurvedic medicine and forest [Figure 1]. Dr. Abhyuday Meghe, Director, Allied Sciences, Dean Science and Technology, Officer on Special Duty, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed to be University), addressed the gathering and highlighted the importance of plantation. He congratulated the department for organizing this event. The inaugural function concluded with the vote of thanks by the Organizing Secretary Dr. Sneha Vidhate, Assistant Professor, Department of Dravyaguna, MGACH and RC.
Figure 1: Inaugural function Mr. Sunil Sharma (Divisional Forest Officer), Wardha, addressing gathering

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In first session, pretest was followed by a lecture on “Relevance of physicochemical parameters in standardization of plant materials” by Dr. Anita Wanjari, Professor and Head, Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, MGACH and RC. Second guest lecture was on “Importance of identification of medicinal plants in Ayurveda research,” which was delivered by Dr. Kunal Kale, Assistant Professor, Biotechnology Department, J. B. Science College, Wardha. He described various methods of identification of drugs and enlightened the importance of molecular biology in identification.

In second session, Dr. Pankaj Kharabe, Chairman Ultrachrome, explained the importance, procedure, and advantages of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) in the identification of phytoconstituents, in his lecture “HPLC an authentic tool for evidence-based Ayurvedic medicine.” Last session was accompanied with visit to “Bhavamishra vatika,” herbal garden of MGACH and RC, with Dr. Mangesh Bhoyar. The scholars were introduced to the various species planted in the herbal garden and their clinical uses.

The second day of workshop was scheduled for field visit in the Dhaga forest of Wardha district. All participants departed for field visit on the morning of December 27, 2019, they visited medicinal plant cultivation farm and Kharangana nursery on the way to Dhaga [Figure 2]. Approximately 110 species were found, of which, some were very rare such as Dahi Palash (Cordia macleodii), Rakta Vela, Parpat species, and Tinish in Dhaga forest. The scholars were guided by taxonomist Dr. Acharya [Figure 3], Mr. Kaushal Mishra, and Dr. Kunal Kale. They were explained the identification of different plants species and clinical application by Dr. Mangesh Bhoyar. All the experts cleared the doubts of the scholars regarding the identification of plants and their uses. The workshop concluded with a valedictory function, in which Dr. Acharya and Mr. Kaushal Mishra were felicitated with shawl, Sheephala, and Ganesha Pratima as per the tradition of DMIMS (DU) by the hands of Dr. Meena Deogade. Posttest was carried out, and all the participants were honored with certificates by the hands of Dr. Ramesh Acharya. The overwhelming response was contributed by 50 participants (MD, PhD, faculty, and researchers) from six different states of India. This workshop helped in enriching the knowledge of participants and sharpening their skills by making them aware of the medicinal plants available in Wardha district and their identification keys. absolute learning gain score of workshop was 74.75%.
Figure 2: Group photo at Kharangana nursery of forest

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Figure 3: Field visit with Dr. Acharya, known taxonomist of Vidarbha

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The team behind the successful event was Dravyaguna MD students, Dr. Akshay Pargaonkar, Dr. Parul Nandgaokar, Dr. Reeta Dongre, Dr. Payal Kamadi, Dr. Archana Lade, Mrs. Vidhya Waghmare (lab technician), Shamraoji Timande, and Ashish (gardeners).

Financial support and sponsorship

DMIMS (Deemed to be University).

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.


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