Why in news?
A new plant has been unearthed in the Agastya hills, also called a miracle plant.
What is this plant?
- The genetic makeup of Arogyapacha (Trichopuszeylanicus), a popular medicinal plant native to the hills of Agasthya has been decoded by scientists in the University of Kerala.
- Called “Wonderful Plant,” the Kani Tribal Community traditionally use the plant to tackle fatigue.
- The wide spectrum of pharmacological effects, such as antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-ulcer, anti-hepatic, hepatoprotective, has been shown.
- These are the Nomads and indigenous peoples from the tropical forest of the hills of the Agasthyamalai, the Western Ghats, mountains of the Kerala region.
- The tribal doctors called Plathi are the exclusive holders of the tribe’s traditional medicine.