Wed, 18 Oct 2017

Organic Farming In Support of Vrikshayurveda- An Experimental Support

Rama Shankar1*, UshaKiran1,  R.K. Mudaiya1, K.S. Dhiman2

1. Regional Ayurveda Research Institute (CCRAS) Jhansi, India -284003.

2. Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, New Delhi-110058.


ABSTRACT

Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control. Depending on which the definition of organic farming  is described for the  use of fertilizers and pesticides covering herbicides, insecticides and fungicides having natural origin for examplebone meal from animals or pyrethrin from flowers, but it excludes or strictly limits the use of various methods (including synthetic petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides; plant growth regulators such as hormones; antibiotic use in livestock; genetically modified organisms human sewage sludge; and nanomaterials. for reasons including sustainability, openness, independence, health, and safety. When we go on ancient Ayurvedic literatures on Vrikshayurveda it is found that during ancient period when synthesis of inorganic fertilizers, hormones antibiotics etc were not described for use on crop or other plants use of crop rotation, animal flesh, bones belonging to different animals and plant parts and Ayurvedic medicines like Triphala, Manjishtha, Ashwagandha, neem, tila along  with other ayurvedic formulations or single drugs from about 135 medicinal plants with holistic approach and the plant health were well maintained. Ancient Ayurvedic literatures also describe the creation of mango fruits on banana plants. Use of fish powder or extracts of plants to induce flowering and fruiting are used as tool under Vrikshayurveda. Fumigation from time to time for the control of several diseases is also a part of Vrikshayurveda for the maintenance of plant health which is now being popularized by Homa Therapy and Organic farming even for the maintaining human health. Seeking out all above aspects for creating linkage between organic farming and ancient Ayurvedic literature authors have conducted experiment on pea and gram crops by the use of Neem, Karanj, Behaya and Swet Kutaj just to compare effects of each drug on said crops. 


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