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Online Database Devlopment Team

Biomedical Informatics Centre (BIC), ICMR-NITM

Dr. Subarna Roy & Dr. Harsha Hegde

Programming and Development
Mr.Sanjay Deshpande

Bioinformatics Support
Mr.Pramod Kumar

Plant Science Support
Dr.Gireesh Ankad

Data Contributors

Survey of Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats.

Principal Investigator: Dr. S.D. Kholkute

Data collection

1. Survey of Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu.

Principal Investigator: Dr. S. Ignacimuthu, Director, Loyola College, Chennai
Co-Investigator : Dr. V.S. Manickam

2. Survey of Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats of Goa and Gujarat.

Principal Investigator : Dr. B.F. Rodrigues, Reader, Goa University, Goa

3. Survey of Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats in Maharashtra.

Principal Investigator : Dr. (Mrs.) Usha Mukundan, Principal, Ram Narayan Jhunjhunwala College, Mumbai

4. Survey of Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats of Karnataka.

Principal Investigator : Dr. F.V. Manvi, Principal, College of Pharmacy, Belgaum
Co-Investigator : Shri B.C. Hatapakki

5. Survey of Medicinal Plants of Western Ghats of Kerala.

Co-Investigator : Mr. K.G. Sreekumar, SRO, Pharmacology

Special Thanks for Data Compilation

Dr Vinayak Upadhya
Dr Divakar Mesta
Mr. Shankar Belchad

Thanks to all the personnel involved in the collection and compilation of data.

About the Database

Traditional herbal medicine is a non-codified system, predominantly practiced in rural India especially in remote areas of the Western Ghats- one of the 25 global biodiversity hotspots. The traditional systems of medicine play important role in managing health problems of the native population due to socio-economical and geographical factors. The scientific documentation of plants with medicinal values has proved beneficial in the multidirectional drug development research. Thus, in one such effort, a multi-centric study involving 5 Centres.was taken up by ICMR for documenting the medicinal plants used in the traditional systems medicine from the Western Ghats.This survey documented 500 species of medicinal plants. Based on this, a database is developed by ICMR-National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Belagavi (Formerly known as RMRC, Belgaum) to facilitate easier and proper retrieval of the collected data.

The database gives exhaustive information for 500 medicinal plants. The primary information such as synonyms, family, description, parts used, medicinal uses, habitat, distribution, location, source and occurrence are given for each plant. The photographs of plants in the field as well as herbarium specimen are also included. Further, information on chemical composition, pharmacological activities, clinical trials and toxicology, if available in literature, have been provided for each plant along with references. However, the detailed information on formulations has been masked, which will be made available on request.

Features of database:
- 500 medicinal plants
- More than 200 diseases
- More than 11000 vernacular names in 7 languages
- More than 800 photographs
- Reports from 22 districts of 5 states

The search options are based on botanical name and diseases. The output page contains the details about the plant, utility, chemical composition and pharmacology. The database is designed in such a way that, it should be useful to common man, traditional healers, students, academicians and scientific community.