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Year : 1988  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-16

'Arogyappacha' (Trichopus zeylanicus gaerin), the 'Ginseng' of Kani tribes of Agashyar Hills (Kerala) for ever green healh and vitality


1 Regional Research Laboratory, Jammu, India
2 Post Graduate-cum-Research centre in Ayurveda, Poojappura, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

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'Arogyappacha' (Trichopus zeylanicus) found endemic to Agastyar hills of Kerala is used by the local 'kani' tribe as a health food for getting instant stamina, ever green health and vitality. The tonic effect of this plants is comparable to that of the famous health food/drug 'Ginseng'. A critical survey of the Ayurveda classics, suggests that the 'Arogyappacha' may be the divine 'Varahi'described by sushruta. Chemical and Pharmacological evaluation of the plant have been initiated.


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