By LUCY KAWKAL and NAMELA HAWKINSAPThe author of ‘The Garden of Eden’, an ancient Hindu scripture, has said that her belief in herbs and plants has allowed her to heal people from disease and illness.
Indians have long practised herbal medicine and, in recent decades, the Indian government has made efforts to encourage it.
It has also helped millions of people who have been living in poverty and deprivation.
“There is no doubt that the practice of herbal medicine has a very significant influence in the health of the Indian population,” Indian author Ravi Shankar, a pioneer of herbal remedies, told the BBC.
“In my book, I said that the ancient Vedic medicine is the foundation of all other medicine, and this is true,” he said.
“It has been a gift of the Gods to the Indian people.”
The book, ‘The Great Garden of Enlightenment’, is available in India, in English, Spanish and Japanese.
Indonesia has a population of about 14 million, of whom about 10 million are estimated to be using herbal remedies.
Ravi Shankam’s book is a history of herbalism and medicine, which he says is the best way to understand the Indian past.
Indias herbal medicine is known for its high quality ingredients.
The book contains recipes for almost every spice, herbs and flowers.
The herbal remedies contain vitamin C, Vitamin E and various essential oils, including ginger, thyme and peppermint.
The author says that herbal remedies are an important part of Indian culture, as it is an important way of healing.
Ravish Kumar, a professor at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, said that a good portion of the book is devoted to the healing properties of plants.
“They can be used to cure illnesses, to control diseases, and to alleviate stress and fatigue,” he told the AFP news agency.
The British-educated author of the novel ‘The Good Shepherd’ said that she had also used herbal medicines for over 20 years.
“I have used the herbs to cure all kinds of ailments, such as the common cold, tuberculosis, asthma and allergies,” she said.
Raniya Bose, the founder of the ‘Indians for Health’ charity, a group which supports herbal remedies for the poor, said she hoped her book would encourage more Indians to learn the ancient wisdom.
“We want people to take their herbal remedies seriously, to understand them,” she told the Reuters news agency, adding that it was a sign of the times.
“Many people in the world are now learning how to use herbs, and it is encouraging for people to learn how to take care of themselves,” she added.
“If the Indians who have read ‘The Gardens of Eden’ are to understand what herbs are really good for, they will have a lot of good to say about this beautiful Indian tradition.”