It is therefore the most appropriate time to consider development and organization of our medicinal plants industry to become independent in the provision of common indigenous natural drugs that are being used to treat diseases in most of our rural areas.
In our country there are grown wild or cultivated medicinal plants species which possess Great potentialities not in the light of their use from centuries in the Sub-continent in Greco-Arab (Unani or Eastern) system of medicine but also in the light of active principles or biodynamic compounds being isolated from them using ultra modern screening techniques available in our country.
PLANTAGO ISPAGULA/P. OVATA FOR 5K ISPAGHO/SPOGEL SEEDS A nominee of family plantaginaceae, this famous herb of Persian locality is found in Hazara, Punjab and Sindh, also cultivated for its valuable seeds husk mainly used for its mucilaginous property as anti dysenteric, cooling, demulcent, mild astringent, emollient, laxative and diuretic actions. The husk is used as a common remedy for G.l tract complaints in the sub continent.
Contributed by Director Research and Bait-al-Hikmat, Hamdard, Karachi.
To focus the attention of public on natural botanical source of medicines Pakistan Post Office is issuing a special postage stamp of Rs 5 denomination on December 20, 1999.