For creating the much needed awareness among the common people on the traditional herbs and their medicinal values, the Siddha unit of the Government District Headquarters Hospital at Mettur Dam is maintaining a well laid out herbal garden for the past few decades. More than 60 different varieties of herbal plants available in this garden, spread over 2,000 square feet area, provides added attraction to the GH.
The Siddha unit was set up at the Government Hospital way back in 1977 and a separate building exclusively for Siddha unit with out-patient and in-patient facility was created in 1999. The Siddha unit has proved very popular with the people of Mettur town and the surrounding villages and it attracts on an average about 200 men and women as out-patients every day.
According to S. Jayakumar, Assistant Siddha Medical Officer of the Government Hospital, more than 60 varieties of herbs for curing the diseases such as diabetes (Sirukurinjan, Seenthil, insulin plant); jaundice (Keezhanelli, Vellaikarisalai, Manjalkarisalai); acid peptic diseases (Pirandai, Manathakkali); asthma and cough (Aadathodai, Thoothuvalai, Kandankathiri, Arathai, Nanjaruppan, Thulasi, Karupooravalli, Thippili), renal disorders (Sirupeelai, Nerunjil) etc have been raised in the garden. The vitamin greens (Thavasi keerai); the Nilavembu herbs which have the curing power of dengue and other types of fever; Nochi and Thumbai which play a major role in curing head ache, Avuri and Aadu theenda palai, which is used in preparing medicines for treating skin diseases are also found in the garden.
Dr. Jayakumar said that a majority of the herbal plants were procured from the Central Herbal Farm functioning nearby. The common names of the herbs, their botanical names along with their medicinal values and properties have been displayed in the garden. The herbal garden has proved as a major attraction, Dr. Jayakumar claimed
The patients and other visitors to not only the Siddha unit, but also to the other departments of the hospital make it a point to visit the garden and in knowing the medicinal values of all the traditional herbs, he added.
Source : The Hindu