Conventional good harvesting techniques for collecting medicinal plants in Siddha.
M, Allimuthu (2010) Conventional good harvesting techniques for collecting medicinal plants in Siddha. Siddha Papers, 03 (01 LR). pp. 1-4. ISSN 0974-2522
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Currently, in preparing Traditional medicines, we follow so many protocols to get standard ones for our health. For this, WHO has fixed protocols for GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), GLP (Good Laboratory Practices), GSP (Good Storage Practices), GHP (Good Harvesting Practices) etc. On the contrary, the great Siddhars have already laid down such procedures. In Indian medicine practice the Pharmaceuticals are instructed to follow the techniques to get good standardization in manufacturing levels such as the techniques of cultivation, collection, storage, preparation, packing, transporting, distributing and so on. Our ancient Siddhars like Agasthiar, Bogar, Pulipani, Machchamuni, Kalanginather, Kamalamuni, Suntharanandar have their own special techniques to collect the plants for their special medicine preparing process. Such a method is known as “Kappukkattuthal” (Kappukattuthal means preparing and acquiring the particular plant for his professional requirements). This process involves three different stages in a well defined manner. It is evident from the literatures that this particular technique was strictly followed in Rasavatham (Alchemy) and medicine preparation process during those ancient days.
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