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 these plants generally grow wild but medicinal plants species are also cultivated 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 the country.
ACHILLEA MELLOFOLIUM LINN BIRANJ ASIF/YARROW
This member of composite family is a perennial herb with corymbose floers indigenous to North Asia, Europe and America, abounds in the Himalayas from Kashmir to Kumaon, Various uses are ascribed, to this herb e.g., stops bleeding from nose (styptic) also used as tonic, carminative and aromatic stimulant. The hot infusion is regarded as a powerful emmenagogue. To mark the occasion Pakistan Post Office is issuing a special postage stamp of Rs. 3/- denomination on November 25, 1996.