The importance of plants has been realized and well documented by scholars since ancient period. Apart from the innumerable social benefits, much emphasis has been accorded to the plants of medicinal value. Majority of the population in developing countries depend on traditional system of medicine for their primary health care. Due to this increasing trend towards use of alternative system of medicine, natural medicinal plant resource in this world is under enormous pressure. Several Institution/ Organization/ Universities/ Pharmaceutical Industries across the world have been engaged in research and documentation of various aspect of these medicinal plants to frame a strategy for their conservation and sustainable utilization. In this way numerous research papers on each medicinal plant covering broad subject areas like Botany, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacy etc. are available. However, no comprehensive document is available, where all the information about a particular medicinal plant can be found.
This led the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) and Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Science (CCRAS), under Department of AYUSH, Government of India, to conceive the idea of developing a database in which, all the available published information on selected medicinal plants, covering every subject area can be accessed at one place. This will help the scientific community to keep themselves updated with the research and development work being carried out for a particular medicinal plant. This database will also be a source of useful information for students, teachers, practitioners of AYUSH system and all those who are involved in their cultivation propagation etc. This will also help in eliminating duplication/ repetition of same work.
16 medicinal plants having high trade value in Indian market has been selected in the first phase. All the literature/references collected in respect of these plants have been segregated subject wise and fed into a database with user friendly search option. Any suggestion or possible correction in this database is highly welcomed.