This is not a normal farm I have visited before. With my classmates, we had one day excursion of the subject “Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) under the supervision of Mr. Ananta Subedi, our course in-charge. Early in the winter morning, with dew mist we reached to Herbal Farm of Mr. Dandapani Kafle. Mr. Kafle is more than a proprietor of a farm, he was saint, entrepreneur, social worker and patriotic of Nepalese culture and tradition. I was feeling completely different that day, I was feeling like today’s generation has diverted so much from Nepalese culture and tradition.
Medicinal plants are important aspects of human life. The nature is perfect and it provides all of the human requirements on its root. The self sustaining nature is now been distorted with human interference and began to search for alternatives with are against the nature rule. Nepal being rich on its biodiversity have large resource of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. These plants can be grown in our own homestead garden which fulfills our requirement but now we are turning back on the natural product and start believing on what modern science has produced with the chemicals.
Mr. Dandapani is a perfect example who aspires people to follow the path of nature, using local homemade medicines to cure disease, gain peace and release anxiety being part of nature. This first spot made my visit a different one and special one.
We found out plants like Tulsi, Abjijalo, Kurilo, Kapur, Asuro, Sarpaganda, Punarnova, Kamini, Pyauli etc. This farm was diversified and he has collection of some endangered plants which are near to extinct.
Second spot was district ayurvedic health centre, Tadi, Chitwan. Our objective was to know about the treatment to patient provided by that centre and to know about the preparation of medicine and know the status of MAPs.
We saw beautiful garden of medicinal plants near the periphery of the health centre. The health centre has started to prepare medicine from medicianal plants only before 4-5 years. The herbal medicine that are commonly available in this centre are trifala churna, seto paladi. Some plants observed were Barro, Harro, Amala, Parijat, Tejpatta, Neem, Marich, Aap, Kapur, Sarpaganda etc.
Third spot was yogi ramdev and naturopathy hospital located at Devghat Chitwan. Our objective of this visit was to learn about the equipments used in naturopathy treatment, understand about the yoga and different form and present situation of hospital. Dr. Hemraj Koirala provided detail information about Yoga and naturopathy hospital. The major diseases before 20-25 years ago were like whooping cough, chicken pox and to cure those many antibiotics were produced. As the chemical medicine advanced, more and more complex disease began to appear. Mr. Koirala has been carrying research on different non-communicable disease for its naturopathy treatment. Dr. Bishal Regmi, therapist is actively involved in providing therapy treatment to patients. We got to know about the types of Yoga, stages of psychology and excersise to be performed for healthy living.