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|Botanical Name||Curcuma longa|
|Synonyms||Curcuma domestica, Haridra|
|Product nature||Dry turmeric rhizome|
|Trade Name||Curry leaves|
|Common Name||Murraya koenigii|
|Synonyms||Sweet neem leaves, Kadi patta|
|Product nature||Dry curry leaves|
|Common Name||Great basil, Saint-Joseph’s-wort|
|Botanical Name||Ocimum basilicum|
|Part used||Seeds and leaves|
|Product nature||Dry leaves of basil|
|Common Name||Drumstick tree|
|Botanical Name||Moringa oleifera|
|Synonyms||Horseradish tree, ben oil tree, benzoil tree|
|Part used||The bark, sap, roots, leaves, seeds, and flowers|
|Product nature||Dried Moringa Leaves|
|Common Name||Arjun tree|
|Botanical Name||Terminalia arjuna|
|Synonyms||Thella maddi, kumbuk, marudha maram, neer maruthu, Hole Matthi|
|Part used||Bark and leaves|
|Product nature||Dry Arjun Bark|
|Common Name||Black or chebulic myrobalan|
|Botanical Name||Terminalia chebula|
|Synonyms||Black or chebulic myrobalan|
|Product nature||Dry Myrobalan Seeds|
|Botanical Name||Plectranthus barbatus|
|Synonyms||Indian coleus, Garmar|
|Part used||Root tubers|
|Product nature||Dry Coleus Forskohlii|
|Botanical Name||Azadirachta indica|
|Synonyms||Nimtree, Indian lilac|
|Part used||Leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots and bark|
|Product nature||Dried Neem leaves|
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Unani Hakims, Indian Vaids, and European and Mediterranean cultures have been using herbs for over 4000 years. Herbs have been used in healing rituals and developed into traditional medical systems such as Unani, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.
Among ancient civilizations, India is renowned as a rich repository of medicinal plants. The Indian forests are a storehouse of a large number of medicinal and aromatic plants, which are largely used for the manufacture of drugs and perfumery products.
Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Folk (tribal) medicines are the major systems of indigenous medicines. Amongst these, Ayurveda and Unani are the most developed and widely practised in India.
In developed countries like USA, plant drugs constitute only 25% of the total drugs, while in developing countries such as India and China, the contribution is as much as 80%. Thus, the economic importance of medicinal plants is much more in countries such as India than the rest of the world.
Majority of India’s population still relies on the herbal system of medicine. Though there is no separate category of herbal drugs or dietary supplements as per the Indian Drugs Act, over 70% of the population uses herbal drugs for their health. This is because herbal drugs and Indian medicinal plants are a rich source of beneficial compounds including antioxidants and components used in functional foods.
An event in New Delhi recently announced that India is the second largest exporter of medicinal plants in the world. With 6,600 medicinal plants, India ranks second to China, and together they produce over 70 percent of the herbal medicine’s demand across the globe.
The current value of the Indian herbal market is at Rs 5,000 crores with an annual growth rate of 14%.
Status of India in Herbal Drug Export
The total value of world herbal trade is currently at USD 120 billion. India exported herbs worth of USD 330.18 Million during 2017-18 with a growth rate of 14.22% over the previous year. Also, the export of value-added extracts of medicinal herbs / herbal products during 2017-18 was USD 456.12 Million with a growth rate of 12.23% over the previous year.
Indian government has taken the following measures to further promote India’s export of herbal products:
- The promotion of Herbs and Medicinal Plants has been assigned to Shellac & Forest Products Export Promotion Council (SHEFEXIL), headquartered at Kolkata. The export promotion of several Herbal Products has been assigned to Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (PHARMEXCIL), besides others.
- Market Access Initiative (MAI) of Department of Commerce provides financial assistance to the EPCs / Trade Bodies to participate and organise Trade Fairs, Buyer Seller Meets (BSMs), Reverse Buyer Seller Meets (RBSMs), Research & Product Development, Market Studies, etc.
- Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) provides incentives to the exporting community for specified goods, especially to those which are of India’s export interest and have the capability to generate employment and enhance India’s competitiveness in the world market.
- International Co-operation Scheme of AYUSH Ministry provides financial assistance to the exporters for the participation in Trade Fairs, organising International Business Meets & Conferences and product registration reimbursements.
- The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India has launched a “Voluntary Certification Scheme for Medicinal Plants Produce (VCSMPP)” to encourage the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Field Collection Practices (GFCPs) in medicinal plants. This will enhance the availability of the certified and quality medicinal plants raw material in the country, boost their export, and increase India’s share in the global export of herbs.
- Ministry of AYUSH through its Quality Certification programme like AYUSH and Premium mark helps in setting up of quality standards.
- Ministry of AYUSH has entered into MoUs with few countries for promotion of traditional medicine which will help exports in the long run.
Ashwagandha, popularly known as Indian Ginseng, is one of the most well-known and widely used Ayurvedic herbs. Helpful in various functions in the body from sleep, energy, and stress relief to rejuvenation, muscle strength, and joint health, the herb is popular for a valid reason.
Due to this versatility in human health, the herb is gaining more and more popularity amongst the herbalists from all backgrounds; naturopaths, Chinese medicine, and Western herbalists, especially in America.
Here’s a synopsis of the 7 latest clinical studies on Ashwagandha and what they revealed:
- Effect on physical strength
Researchers at Lindenwood University’s Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory investigated the effects of Sensoril, a patented, aqueous extract of the roots and leaves of Ashwagandha on men.
This 12-week study revealed significant improvement in average squat power and peak bench press power in men who ingested 500 mg of this aqueous extract daily.
- Improvement in memory and cognitive function
Efficacy and safety of Ashwagandha root extract in improving memory and cognitive functions was studied in Chicago in 2017.
After eight weeks of study, the Ashwagandha treatment group demonstrated significant improvements in both immediate and general memory, as measured on Wechsler Memory Scale. Further, there was greater improvement in their executive function, sustained attention, and information-processing speed as indicated by the scores on the Eriksen Flanker task.
Thus, Ashwagandha root proved to be effective in enhancing both immediate and general memory in people with MCI as well as improving executive function, attention, and information processing speed.
- Effect on immune function
A study was conducted to investigate the immunologic effects of Ashwagandha on four types of immune cells in human beings.
Five participants were asked to consume 6 ml of Ashwagandha root extract twice daily for 96 hours. The root extract was given with whole milk. Their peripheral blood samples were collected at 0, 24, and 96 hours and compared for differences in cell surface expression of CD4, CD8, CD19, CD56, and CD69 receptors by flow cytometry.
Researchers observed a significant increase in the expression of CD4 on CD3+ T cells after 96 hours. CD56+ NK cells were also activated after 96 hours as evidenced by expression of the CD69 receptor. The results indicated a major change in immune cell activation in the participant’s sample.
- Stress and Anxiety Relief
An 8-week study was conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a standardised root extract of Ashwagandha through a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. 52 subjects suffering from chronic stress received either Ashwagandha (300 mg) or placebo twice daily.
Primary efficacy measures were Perceived Stress Scale and Food Cravings Questionnaire. Secondary efficacy measures were Oxford Happiness Questionnaire, Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire, serum cortisol, body weight, and body mass index (BMI).
Each participant was assessed at the start, at 4 weeks, and 8 weeks. Ashwagandha demonstrated significant improvements in primary and secondary measures and was found to be safe and tolerable. This study suggests that Ashwagandha root extract can be used for body weight management in adults under chronic stress.
- Focus and Concentration
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 20 healthy males were given 500 mg of Ashwagandha root extract for fourteen days. The participants showed significant cognitive improvement in reaction-time tests, discrimination tests, and in card sorting tests, among many others. These results prove Ashwagandha’s ability to support attention, memory, focus, concentration, and responsiveness and coordination between the mind and motor functions. 
A trial was conducted with healthy male volunteers aged fifty to sixty-nine. All the volunteers were given purified Ashwagandha powder in the dose of 3 grams per day for one year. After a year, these males showed an increase in blood counts, improved posture, and increased hair melanin (pigmentation of the hair). 
In another study, healthy children were given 2 grams of powdered Ashwagandha in milk and they experienced improvements in blood counts, body weight, and hand strength.
- Sleep and Emotional Health
A survey study was conducted with 218 healthy participants who were given 1200 mg of the Ashwagandha herb two times a day for one month. The participants noted 66.9% improvement in their sleep quality. This can be attributed to the decreased stress levels in the participants. 
The herb also demonstrated a positive effect of enhancing the participant’s emotional health by 42%. The positive effects on emotional health translated to the participants’ social life and social activities being improved by nearly 45.8%. The participants were able to participate in activities like visiting friends and relatives and enjoying social activities and hobbies in a much better way than before.
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 Choudhary, D., Bhattacharyya, S., & Bose, S. (2017). Journal of Dietary Supplements, 1-14. Chicago
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 D Choudhary, et al. “Body Weight Management in Adults Under Chronic Stress Through Treatment with Ashwagandha Root Extract: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial.” J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. April 6, 2016.
 U Pingali, et al. “Effect of standardized aqueous extract of Withania somnifera on tests of cognitive and psychomotor performance in healthy human subjects.” Pharmacognosy Res. 6, no 1 (January 2014):12-8.
 Lakshmi-Chandra Mishra, Betsy Singh, and Simon Dagenais. “Scientific Basis for the Therapeutic Use of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): A Review.” Alternative Medicine Review. 5, no 4 (2000):334-346
 Sebastian Pole, Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principles of Traditional Practice (London: Churchill Livingston, 2006), pp. 133-134.
Emblica officinalis or Amla is extensively cultivated all over India. Potent with the quality of re-vitalisation, the fruits of the plant are used in Ayurveda as an anti-stress agent.
Further, the phyto-chemical analysis of Amla fruit powder reveals the presence of medicinally important bioactive compounds which can be extensively used to improve productivity in broilers.
Amla fruit is one of the richest sources of ascorbic acid, minerals, amino acids, tannins, and phenolic compounds like gallic and tannic acids. These compounds serve as the growth promoters in broiler chickens.
What are growth promoters?
Growth promoters are chemical and biological substances added to the diet with the aim to improve the growth, utilisation of nutrients and enhance the production and financial results in animal husbandry.
The positive effect of these growth promoters is expressed through better appetite, improved body weight and feed conversion ratio (FCR), stimulation of the immune system and increased vitality, etc.
But, why these growth promoters are added to the chicken’s diet?
This is because of the ban on the use of antibiotic growth promoters in poultry. Herbal preparations are being tried as feed additives as an alternative to antibiotics to increase feed efficiency and growth rate in broiler chickens.
How Amla acts as a growth promoter in broiler chickens?
This research was carried out at Institutional Animal Ethics Committee of College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Gujarat.
1351-day-old, unsexed broiler chicks (Ven-Cobb 400 strain) were purchased from a local hatchery, weighed, and randomly assigned to one of the three treatments with three replicates of 15 chicks based on a completely randomised design.
The three treatments were as follows –
- T1: Basal diet as per BIS standards
- T2: Basal diet supplemented with 0.4% of Emblica officinalisfruit powder
- T3: Basal diet supplemented with 0.8% of Emblica officinalisfruit powder.
They raised broilers on deep litter housing system for 6 weeks. Feed and water were provided to them throughout the experiment as per their need.
Broilers were fed in three phases as per BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) specifications:
- Pre-starter (0-10 days)
- Starter (11-21 days)
- Finisher (22-42 days)
Chicks were individually weighed at weekly intervals along with their feed consumption and FCR (FCR=feed intake/weight gain). Mortality was recorded daily.
Based on the current market price of various particulars, the researchers calculated the feed cost-economics of broiler production in different treatment groups.
Results of the research
The average body weight of the birds at the end of 6th week was higher in the groups T2 and T3 compared to the group T1. In other words, the birds whose diet was supplemented with E. officinalis fruit powder at the rate of 0.4% and 0.8% had higher overall body weights at the end of 6th week compared to un-supplemented group. They also had higher weekly body weight gain.
What can you conclude from the research?
The higher body weights observed in E. Officinalis supplemented groups can be attributed to the anabolic and antioxidant effect of ascorbic acid, gallic acid and tannic acids present in Amla.
The research results are further backed by various preclinical findings where an increase in the body weight of the birds fed with polyherbal feed premix containing Amla was observed.
The cost of the feed per kilogram of live weight production was similar among the treatment groups. However, the profit per bird was the highest in group T2 followed by group T3 and lowest in group T1. The higher net profit per bird in E. Officinalis supplemented groups can be attributed to higher body weight compared to the un-supplemented group and similar feed intakes among all the treatment groups.
Though the research results indicate that dietary addition of E. officinalis (Amla) fruit powder at the rate of 0.4% and 0.8% had higher growth rate and net profit per bird in commercial broiler chickens i.e. it shows a positive response in the present study, but further tests need to be done at different supplemental levels and in different ration compositions to get the best results.
Reference: Patel AP, Bhagwat SR, Pawar MM, Prajapati KB, Chauhan HD, Makwana RB. Evaluation of Emblica officinalis fruit powder as a growth promoter in commercial broiler chickens. Vet World. 2016;9(2):207-10.