About The Database

Necessity of developing a comprehensive database on important medicinal plants was realized at National Medicinal Plants board (NMPB) during 2008. Accordingly a project was sanctioned to Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) under Extra Mural Research Projects scheme.

16 important medicinal plants having high trade value were selected in the first phase. Exhaustive references and literature were collected in respect of these plants covering every subject area. For this, various libraries located at New Delhi and other cities in India and websites were consulted. The reprints and literatures were downloaded / photocopied from the websites and libraries with kind permission of respective authorities, sometimes by paying the required amount to do so.

Nearly 33,700 references were collected pertaining to the 16 selected medicinal plants. Of these, 22,000 reprints / abstracts could so far been collected. These include the classical literature from Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy system of medicine as well as modern literature from various books and journals covering basic and applied science and medicine.

All the reprints / abstracts were read thoroughly by the technical staffs to find out the subject area covered in the same. Accordingly, these were segregated into 6 categories viz. Botany, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Miscellaneous and Reprints in other languages.

Information regarding authors, title of the article, book / journal name, publisher, volume, page no., year etc. for all collected references is fed into this database with user-friendly search option. This database will act as a common platform at which all published information on a particular medicinal plant can be accessed.


Technical team to carry out the work

  1. Director General, CCRAS
  2. Dr. M.M. Padhi
  3. Dr. (Mrs.) Bishnupriya Dhar
  4. Dr. G.V.R. Joseph
  5. Dr. Dinesh Kumar Agrawala
  6. Dr. Chinmay Rath
  7. Mrs. Talat Anjum
  8. Dr. V. Rama Rao
  9. Mr. Jagdish Chand Arya
  10. Mr. Yogendra Singh
  11. Dr. Amita Kumari
  12. Mrs. Husnara
  13. Mrs. Poonam Verma
  14. Mr. Naveen Kumar
  15. Mr. Rajesh Jonwal
  16. Ms. Lovely
  17. Ms. Nandini
  18. Mr. Gautam Kumar Sinha
  19. Mrs. Ratna Rani
  20. Mr. Abhishek Gupta
  21. Dr. Santosh Kumar Sharma
  22. Mr. Sanjeev Kumar
  23. Mrs. Vaidya Neetu Vijay
  24. Mrs. Ritu Sharma
  25. Mr. Prashant Sharma
  26. Ms. Umme Kulsum
  27. Ms. Preeti Gupta
  28. Mr. Mithilesh kumar
  29. Mr. Mithun Ghosh
  30. Mr. Punamjit Nath
  31. Ms. Rashi Bankar
  32. Mrs. Shikha Dahiya
  33. Dr. R.K. Tiwari
  34. Mr. Sandeep Bist
  35. Mr. Praveen Kumar Jha
  36. Mr. Aman Bharti
  37. Dr. Seema Talwar



For financial support:-

  1. National Medicinal Plants Board, 3rd Floor, AYUSH Bahwan, B – Block, G.P.O. Complex, I.N.A., New Delhi - 110023
  2. Department of AYUSH, AYUSH Bahwan, B – Block, G.P.O. Complex, I.N.A., New Delhi - 110023

For permission to consult libraries:-

  1. All India Institute of Medical Science, Ansari nagar, 29 Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi – 110029
  2. American Centre Library, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Cannaught Place, Delhi-110001
  3. British Council Library 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place
  4. Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, No.61-65, Institutional Area, Opp. 'D' Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi - 110058 (India)
  5. Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, No.61-65, Institutional Area, Opp. 'D' Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi - 110058 ( India )
  6. Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, No.61-65, Institutional Area, Opp. 'D' Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi - 110058 (India)
  7. Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Uppal Road, Habsiguda, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500007
  8. Delhi Public Library, S.P. Mukherjee Marg, Opp. Old Delhi Railway Station, Delhi- 110001
  9. Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory, Opp. M-Block, Sector-23, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad-201002
  10. ICMR Library & Information Centre, P.O. Box. 4911, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi – 110029
  11. Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa Campus, New Delhi-110012
  12. Indian Council of Historical Research, 35, Ferozeshah Road. New Delhi-110001
  13. Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Uppal Road, Hyderabad-500007
  14. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110 016, INDIA
  15. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067
  16. Maharaja Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad Library and Documentation Centre, 172-B, Lodi Estate, Delhi
  17. Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg New Delhi-110001
  18. National Archives, Janpath, New Delhi-110001
  19. National Institute of Immunology, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi - 110067, India
  20. National Institute of Nutrition, Tarnaka Road, Jamai-osmania Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh- 500007
  21. National Medical Library, Post Bag No.3, Ansari Nagar, Ring Road, New Delhi 110029
  22. National Science Library, 14-Satsang Vihar Marg, Qutab Institutional Area New Delhi, DL 110067.
  23. Nehru Memorial Library, Teen Murti Bhawan, New Delhi – 110011
  24. Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for Indian Medicine, Opp. M-Block, Sector-23, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad-201002
  25. Russian Centre, 24, Firoz Shah Road New Delhi, DL 110001
  26. Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, 5 Bhai Vir Singh Marg, New Delhi - 110 001
  27. The Energy and Resources Institute, Darbari Seth Block, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003
  28. University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500046


Websites from where reference / reprints were downloaded

  1. www.academicjournalsonline.co.in
  2. www.ajol.info
  3.  www.abim.org
  4. www.portal.acs.org
  5.  www.newcrops.uq.edu.au
  6.  www.benthamscience.com
  7.  www.bioinformatics.oxfordjournals.org
  8. www.biomedcentral.com
  9. www.doaj.org
  10. www.ema.europa.eu/ema
  11. www.hindawi.com
  12.  www.ingentaconnect.com
  13.  www.jstage.jst.go.jp
  14. www.niscair.res.in
  15.  www.nature.com
  16. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc
  17. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
  18. http://www.sciencedirect.com
  19.  www.springerlink.com
  20. www.tandf.co.uk/journals
  21.  www.aspet.org
  22. www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com

 Publishers who have permitted to use their materials in this database

  1. Academic Publishers, Kolkata.
  2. Asia Pacific Business Press Inc., Kamla Nagar, Delhi
  3. Bentham Sciences, USA, Europe
  4. Bioinformatics, University Press, U.K.
  5. BioMed Central, UK
  6. Bishen Singh and Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun.
  7. Central Council for research in Ayurvedic sciences, New Delhi
  8. Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi.
  9. Central Council for research in Siddha, New Delhi
  10. Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, New Delhi.
  11. Comparative Cytogenetics, Russia
  12. D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Private Ltd., Mumbai.
  13. Hahnneman Publishing Co. Private Ltd., Kolkata.
  14. Hindawi Publishing corporation, Egypt or New York, USA
  15. Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, Ghaziabad, U.P.
  16. Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, Kyoto, Japan
  17. National Institute of Industrial Research, Delhi.
  18. National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi.
  19. Orient Blackswan Pvt. Limited, Hyderabad.
  20. Pharmacopoeial Laboratory for Indian Medicine, Ghaziabad.
  21. S. Chand Group, New Delhi.
  22. Sultan Chand & Sons (P) Ltd., New Delhi.
  23. The Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur.

For providing plant photographs:

Dr. Dinesh Kumar Agrawala, CCRAS, New Delhi.
Dr. G.C.Joshi, RRIHF, Tarikhet.
Dr. A.M.Gurav, NRIBAS, Pune.
Dr. Neelima Sharma, NVARI, Jhansi.
Sh. S.K.Gaur, NVARI, Jhansi.
Dr. V.Rama Rao, NADRI, Bangalore.
Dr. N. Siddhamallaya, NADRI, Bangalore.
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