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Nirma Herbal Wealth

The Department of Pharmacognosy, Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University houses a well-developed medicinal plant garden “Nirma Herbal Wealth” covering a total area of 3356.5 sq. meters with more than 153 varieties of species and 500 plants extending the scope to carry out research on medicinal plants.

The garden houses a variety of medicinally important herbs, shrubs and trees spread in a well-defined area. The plants grown here are useful in the practical sessions of Pharmacognosy and Herbal Drug Technology. This well-developed medicinal plant garden provides a strong impetus for herbal drug research and to impart training to the graduate students. It supplies crude raw material and fresh plant specimens essential to carry out herbal drug and natural product-related research by the graduate, postgraduate and doctoral students.

Students of the Institute of Pharmacy use the botanical garden to collect the herbs for their routine practical work as well as for research work during their project. Students collect the plant parts based on their project need to prepare extract and isolate the important phytoconstituents with therapeutic importance. The collection of plants is also useful to prepare herbarium specimens by undergraduate students.

Some of the trees available at the garden include Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna), Saraca asoca (Ashoka), Moringa oleifera (Drumstick), Azadiracta indica (Neem) and Ficus carica (Anjeer). Some of the important plant species are Datura metel, Commiphora mukul, Gmelina arborea, Cymbopogon citratus, Vetiveria zizanoids, and Plumbago zeylenica.

 

Comprehensive list of plants along with medicinal uses

 

BOTANICAL AND

COMMON NAME

MEDICINAL

USES

Abrus precatorius (CHANOTHI) Neuro-Protective,
Antiepileptic,
Acacia catechu
(BAVAL)
Astringent, Anti-diarrheal
Acacia concinna (SHIKAKAI) Hair Cleanser, Foaming Agent
Achyranthes aspera (APAMARG) Induction of Labor, Cessation of Postpartum Bleeding
Adansonia digitata (GORAKH IMLI) Hepatoprotective, Analgesic
Adhatoda vasica

(VASAKA)

Antibacterial,
Bronchodilator
Aegle marmelos
(BILVA PATRA)
Treatment of Dysentery,  Peptic Ulcer
Ailanthus excelsa (ARDUSO) Antiviral, Hypoglycemic
Alangium salvifolium (ANKOL) Antidiabetic, Anticancer,
Diuretic
Allium schoenoprasum  (GARLIC) Antibiotic,
Antidiabetic

 

Aloe vera (KUVARPATHU) Laxative, Anti-Wrinkle,
Anti-Ageing
Alstonia scholaris (SAPTAPARNI) Antibacterial,
Antioxidant
Amomum subulatum (BADI ILAICHI) Antibacterial,
Analgesic
Annona reticulate (SITAPHAL) Antidiarrhoeal
 
Annona squamosal (RAMPHAL) Anti-Diabetic,
Antioxidant
Arachis hypogaea (MAGFALI) Neuroprotective,
Anti-Inflammatory
Argyreia nervosa (SAMUDRA SHOSH) Antimicrobial
 
Asparagus racemosus (SHATAVARI) Immunomodulator,
Anti-Ulcerogenic
Azadirachta indica (NEEM) Antipyretic,
Hypoglycaemic
Bacopa monnieri
(BRAHMI)
Relaxant,
Neuroprotective

 

Balanites aegyptiaca (BALSAM) Jaundice, Anthelmintic, Wound Healing
Baliospermum montanum (DANTIMUL) Cathartic, Anthelmintic,
Diuretic
Bambusa arundinacea
(BAMBOO)
Anti-Diabetic, Anthelmintic,
Barleria prionitis
(KANTASHELIYA)
Hepatoprotective, Analgesic
Basella alba
(CEYLON SPINACH)
Anticancer, Anti-Inflammatory
Bauhinia purpurea
(PURPLE ORCHID)
Antidiabetic, Analgesic
Bignonia magnifica (LASANVEL) Anti-Inflammatory,
Anti-Pyretic
Bixa orellana
(SUNDARIO)
Coloring Agent
Boerhavia diffusa (PUNARNAVA) Anti-Inflammatory,
Antipyretic

 

Butea Monosperma (PALASH) Diuretic,
Aphrodisiac
Caesalpinia Bonducella
(KANKREJ)
Adaptogenic,
Anthelmintic
Caesalpinia Sappan
(RED WOOD)
Hepatoprotective,
Hypoglycaemic
Cajanus Cajan
(TUVERA)
Hypocholesterolemic
Anti-plasmodial
Calendula Officinalis (MARIGOLD)) Anthelmintic,
Cytotoxic
Calophyllum Inophyllum (UDI) Antiulcer, Antiviral,
Anti HIV Activity
Calotropis Gigantean (SAFED ANKDO) Anti-Inflammatory,
Anti-Pyretic
Capparis Decidua
(KERDO)
Anti-Inflammatory,
Anti-Pyretic
Carica Papaya
(PAPAYA)
Anti-Inflammatory, Digestive

 

Ehretia Laevi

(VADHWAARDI)

Anti-Inflammatory,
Antidiabetic,
Elaeocarpus Ganitrus (RUDRAKSH) Hepatoprotective,
Anti-Epileptic
Emblica officinalis
(AMLA)
Antioxidant,
Immuno-Modulator
Enicostemma littorale blume (MAMEJVO) Anti-Malarial,
Anti-Diabetic
Eucalyptus globulus (NILGIRI) Analgesic,
Antipyretic
Feronia limonia
(KOTHI)
Antitumour,
Antifungal
Ficus amplissima
(PIPALI)
Antispasmodic,
Anti-Inflammatory
Ficus benghalensis
(BANYAN TREE)
Hypolipidemic,
Hypoglycemic,
Ficus carica
(PAPAIYA)
Anti-Cancer,  Hepatoprotective,
Ficus glomerata (FIG TREE) Anti-Diabetic,
Hepatoprotective

 

Foeniculum vulgare (FENNEL) Anti-Carcinogenic,
Anti-Inflammatory
Glycyrrhiza glabra (LIQUORICE) Anti-Ulcer,
Expectorant
Gmelina arborea
(MADHUMATEE)
Antidiuretic,
Antipyretic
Gymnema sylvestre (MARDA SING) Anti-diabetic,
Anti-Obesity
Helicteres isora
(HATADI)
Anti-Ulcer,
Hepatoprotective
Hemidesmus indicus (SARSAPARILLA) Anti-diabetic,
Hepatoprotective
Hibiscus rosa sinensis (JASUD) Antioxidant
Holarrhena antidysenterica (INDRAJEEV) Anti-diarrheal,
Colitis
Ipomoea batatas
(SWEET POTATO)
Anti-Diabetic,
Hypertension
Ixora parviflora
(IXORA)
Whooping Cough,
Tuberculosis

 

Jasminium grandiflorum (JUI CHAMELI) Antimicrobial
Jasminum sambac
(MOGRO)
Anti-Amoebic,
Febrifuge
Jatropha curcas (JAMALGOTA) Anti-Microbial,
Anti-Oxidant
Kalanchoe pinnata
(POI)
Analgesic,
Febrifuge
Lawsonia inermis (MEHANDI) Hepatoprotective,
Anti-Fungal
Leptadenia reticulate
(DODI)
Wound Healing,
Diuretic
Madhuca indica
(MAHUDO)
Anti-Ulcer,
Hepatoprotective
Mangifera indica
(AMBO)
Anti-diarrheal,
Anti-Rheumatic
Manilkara hexandra (RAYAN) Anthelmintic,
Stomachic

 

Manilkara zapota (CHIKOO) Flavouring Agent In Jams
and Ice-Creams
Mentha piperita (PUDINA) In Migraine,
Headache
Mimosa pudica (LAJAMANI) Diuretic,
Emetic
Mimusops elengi
(BARSOLI)
Anthelmintic,
Febrifuge
Moringa oleifera (SARAGVO) Anti-Rheumatic,
Immunity Booster
Morus alba
(SETUR)
Anti-Bacterial,
Anti-Diabetic
Murraya koenigii
(CURRY LEAVES)
Anti-Diabetic, Aids
Digestion
Musa acuminate
(BANANA TREE)
Astringent,
Anti-Fungal
Nerium indicum
(LAL KAREN)
Anti-Neoplastic, Sedative,

 

Nyctanthus arbor-tristis
(RAATRANI)
Anti-Viral,
Anti-Fungal
Nymphaea caerulea
(BLUE LOTUS)
Anti-Diabetic,
Hepatoprotective
Ocimum basilicum
(DAMRO)
Anti-Bacterial,
Anti-Inflammatory
Ocimum citriodorum (LEMON BASIL) Anti-Fungal,
Anti-Bacterial
Ocimum gratissimum
(RAM TULSI)
Anti-Bacterial,
Immunomodulator
Ocimum sanctum
(BASIL)
Hepatoprotective,
Cardio Protective
Ocimum tenuiflorum
(SHYAM TULSI)
Hepatoprotective,
Anti-Bacterial
Oroxylum indicum
(TETU)
Diaphoretic,
Anti-Rheumatic
Pandanus odorifer
(KETAK, KEVADA)
Diuretic,
Tonic
Phoenix dactylifera (KHAJUR) Anti-Oxidant,
Tonic

 

Phyllanthus fraternus (BHUMYA-AMLAKI) Anti-Oxidant,
Immunomodulator
Phyllanthus reticulatus (KAMBOI) Blood Purifier,
Carminative
Pithecellobium dulce (GORAS AMLI) Astringent,
Anti-Pyretic
Plantago ovata
(ISABGOL)
Laxative
Pluchea lanceolata (RASNA) Rheumatoid Arthritis
Plumbago zeylanica (CHITRAK) Anti-Dysentery,
Cardiotonic
Plumeria acuminata
(LAL CHAMPO)
Febrifuge,
Purgative
Polianthes tuberosa (RAJANIGANDHA) Diuretic,
Emetic
Polyalthia longifolia (ASOPLAV) Ani-Ulcer,
Anti-Hyperglycemic
Pongamia pinnata (KARANJHI) Anti-Diabetic

 

Premna obtusifolia (MOTI ARNI) Cytotoxic,
Anti-Oxidant
Prosopis cineraria (KHIJDO) Asthma,
Dysentry
Punica granatum
(POMEGRANATE)
Astringent,
Anti-Diabetic
Randia dumetorum (MINDHALA) Emetic,
Anti-Inflammatory
Rauvolfia tetraphylla (SARPGANDHA) Anti-Hypertensive,
Tranquilizer
Rhaphanus sativus
(WHITE RADISH)
Carminative
Ricinus communis (CASTOR) Laxative
Rosa centifolia
(ROSE)
Aphrodisiac,
Blood-Purifier
Santalum album (SANDALWOOD) Diuretic,
Anti-Hyperglycemic
Sapindus mukorossi
(ARITHA)
In Migraine Headaches,
Eczema
Saraca asoca
(ASHOK)
Anti-Diabetic,
Anti-Inflammatory

 

Scaevola taccada (BHADRAKSH) Antipyretic,
Anti-Coagulant
Sida rhombifolia

(MAHABALA)

Emollient,
Anti-rheumatic
Solanum indicum
(BHOY RINGANI)
Anti-Cancer,
Laxative
Sterculia urens

(INDIAN TRANGACANTH)

Suspending Agent
Syzygium jambolanum (JAMBOO) Anti-Diabetic
Tamarindus indica
(IMLI)
Anti-Fungal,
Anti-Oxidant
Tephrosia purpurea (SARPANKHO) Anthelmintic,
Anti-Pyretic
Terminalia arjuna (ARJUNA) Hypotensive,
Anti-Atherogenic
Terminalia bellirica (BAHEDA) Analgesic,
Anti-Diarrhoeal
Terminalia catappa (BADAM) Hepatoprotective,
Anthelmintic
Terminalia chebula (HARDE) Anti-Tussive,
Cardiotonic

 

Thespesia populnea (PARAS PIPADO) Anti-Oxidant,
Anti-Inflammatory
Tinospora cordifolia (GALO) Anti-Diabetic,
Anti-HIV
Tylophora indica (DAMVEL) Anti-Asthmatic,
Expectorant
Vetiveria zizanioides (KHUS) Anti-Septic,
Flavouring Agent,
Vigna radiate (MUGBEAN) Anti-Tumor, Anti-Septic,
Anti-Diabetic

 

Vinca alba
(SAFED BARMASI)
Anti-Cancer,
Anti-Hypertensive
Vinca rosea
(LAL BARMASI)
Anti-Diabetic,
Sedative
Vitex negundo
(NAGOD)
Anti-Pyretic,
Astringent
Vitis quadrangularis (HADSAKAR) Wound Healing, Dental
Care
Vitis vinifera
(GRAPES)
Astringent, Laxative,
Stomachic

 

List of Seasonal plants along with medicinal uses

 

Allium cepa
(ONION)
Anti-Hypertensive,
Hypolipedemic
Allium sativum
(GARLIC)
Anti-Hypertensive,
Hypolipedemic
Argemone Mexicana
(DARUDI)
Diuretic,
Anti-inflammatory
Brassica Campestris (MUSTARD) Anti-inflammatory
Capsicum annuum (CAPSICUM) Counter-irritant
Coriandrum sativum (DHANA) Carminative,
Aromatic
Lagenaria siceraria (BOTTLE GUARD) Anti-Diabetic,
Immunomodulator
Solanum melongena (BRINJAL) Anti-Bronchitis,
Skin Infections

 

Solanum tuberosum (POTATO) Removes blemishes
Solanum xanthocarpum (KANTAKARI) Laxative,
Carminative
Spinacia oleracea (SPINACH) Hepatoprotective,
Anti-bacterial
Trianthema portulacastrum (SHANKHPUSHPI) Anti-diabetic,
Anti-inflammatory
Tribulus terrestris (CHOTA GOKHRU) Diuretic, anti-hypertensive
Trigonella foenum-graecum (METHI) Anti-diabetic,
Anti-inflammatory
Xanthium strumarium
(chota dhatura)
Laxative,
Sedative
Zea mays
(MAIZE)
Thickening agent in
food and soups