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General

  • ATIS is otherwise known as Aconitum heterophyllum.
  • Aconitum heterophyllum belongs to the aconitum family, it is non-toxic if used properly.
  • Aconitum heterophyllum, commonly known as Patris, has become an endangered species due to habitat destruction and extensive exploitation for the drug industry and local medicinal system.
  • Aconitum Heterophyllum Wall is a biennial herb with tuberous and paired roots and grows in the Himalayas.

Cultivation

  • Aconitum heterophyllum plant thrives in most soils and in the shade of trees.
  • Most of all it prefers a moist soil which contains the characteristic of calcium carbonate, calcium, or limestone, also in the sun or semi shade.

Process

  • Using different pre-germination treatments, maximum response and plant establishment was obtained by treating the Aconitum heterophyllum seeds with water (45C) for 90 seconds.
  • Aconitum heterophyllum and Dactylorhiza hatagirea under 100 ppm concentration of NIAGARA showed a considerable increase in sprouting percentage in comparison to control. 12% of Aconitum heterophyllum plants reached to flowering stage within one year.
  • Germination of Aconitum atrox and Aconitum heterophyllum observed under three textural groups of soil exhibited a very significant correlation.

Uses

  • Aconitum heterophyllum is used in cases of diarrhea, liver disorders, hemorrhoids, edema, dysentery, inflammatory infections with cough, cold, flu, or dyspepsia and is a mild diuretic.
  • In Unani system, the roots of Aconitum heterophyllum are used as an astringent in bleeding piles, amenorrhoa and leucorrhoea.
  • It is said to help revitalize sexual desire and reduce obesity.

Market

  • Owing to high market demand of some of the medicinal plants like Aconitum heterophyllum, Jurinea macrocephala, Picrorrhiza kurrooa and Podophyllum hexandrum are being harvested and collected regularly on large scale for commercial purpose.
  • A study reveals that only 0.18 hectares of land in the entire Malla Johar is actually under cultivation of medicinal plants (0.85% ). The cultivation of medicinal plants is done by 11 families and generates a mere Rs 9000 annually.
  • Medicinal plants market in the country is today unorganised due to several problems. At present 95 % collection of medicinal plants is from the wild.

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