Importance and Uses of Medicinal Plants

Authors: Rajani Verma1 and Ramesh Kumar2
1Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, SKNAU, Jobner, Rajasthan -303329 (India)
2Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh, Gujarat- 362001 (India)


Introduction

The term "medicinal plant" includes various types of plants used in herbalism ("herbology" or "herbal medicine"). It is the use of plants for medicinal purposes, and the study of such uses.
The word "herb" has been derived from the Latin word, "herba" and an old French word "herbe". Now days, herb refers to any part of the plant like fruit, seed, stem, bark, flower, leaf, stigma or a root, as well as a non-woody plant. Earlier, the term "herb" was only applied to non-woody plants, including those that come from trees and shrubs. These medicinal plants are also used as food, flavonoid, medicine or perfume and also in certain spiritual activities.






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Research Scholar Dept. of Plant Breeding and Genetics