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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Chennai: It is often said that ‘a tiger won’t eat grass even if it is hungry (translated from a popular Tamil saying). However, it is known that if an animal is injured or sick it would look for the right herb and eat it. Even animals know the value of herbs and apparently humans have forgot about it and are suffering from various diseases, said Anbuvalli (52), a resident of Madambakkam.

Located at the corner of the Madambakkam Tank ground her house is sure to catch the attention of the passersby as there are many herbs that are placed on the compound wall with the name of the herb written on it.

This is what she had to say. "It all started when we were children, our grandparents used to send us in to the forest and tell us to bring some herbs. Right from then I have known many herbs and their medicinal values. People have forgot our heritage and have avoided these herbs that used to part of our eating habits." Anbuvalli said.

Explaining about some herbs that she was growing at her house, she said Brammi is a tonic which enhances the circulation to the brain and keeps it healthy. Manjal Karisalangani is a very commonly available herb which can cure jaundice. While more people are suffering because of kidney stone problem 'Yaanai Nerinjil' is the one to solve the problem. She said that the herbs with their names are kept on display just to grab the attention of people.

People usually come and enquire about the herbs and how to grow them. I help them by giving the herbs and passing on information on how to grow them. Another fact that gives me happiness is that school children who pass this side read the names of herbs everyday and I conduct classes on how to prepare 'kashayam’ from the available herbs.

Anbuvalli also said, "We must learn to live with the eco-system and ecological balance is important."

"People in the neighbourhood are happy that there are lesser number of snakes in the area now. They are not thinking about what happened to the snakes! With most of the houses made of concrete little insects that play big roles in the ecosystem are becoming extinct and setting up such herbal gardens can bring balance in the ecosystem," she added.

The neighbourhood resident said that she had never gone to the hospital to get treated for any sickness. She said," I can identify 2000 herbs even in the woods and  am ready to teach about them to those interested." The ones who are interested can contact For more details 9445363627 for more details.


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