Pune: The two-day National Conference on ‘Ethnomedicine: Prospects and challenges in global healthcare scenario’ at Indira College of Pharmacy, in collaboration with SPPU, concluded on Thursday.
The conference was inaugurated on February 21 by Dr Pulok K Mukherjee, Director, School of Natural Products Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, Professor and Director, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, SPPU.
Dr S Rajan, Scientist and head, Centre for medicinal plants research in Homeopathy Ministry of AYUSH, gave an informative lecture on plants and tribes across India on the first day. He spoke about India’s rich diversity. He said, “India has 167 species of crops and 320 wild relatives.
Dr Rajan said, “For any research, the base is important. Without the base, if you do research, not only is it a waste of money but also time because your graduate and postgraduate is a time-bound project. Within a period, you have to cite a plant and do the work. Without the identification, if you do your research, you will waste your time and that is why ethnomedicine plays a major role in your research. Ethnic medicine means everything used by ethnic people or tribals or traditional medicine practiced by various ethnic groups especially by indigenous peoples,” he added.
Highlights of Day 2
On the final day of the conference, speakers like Prof Dr Prakash Itankar from Nagpur University, Dr Shrinivas Bhope, AGM, R&D Saava Healthcare, Akshay Charegaonkar, Director of Anchrom Enterprises, and Dr Sanjay Nippanikar, Head of R&D Ari Healthcare, addressed the gathering.