Species in news: Miracle Plant ‘Arogyapacha’

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Arogyapacha

Mains level : Not Much


Arogyapacha

  • Scientists from the University of Kerala have decoded the genetic make-up of Arogyapacha (Trichopus zeylanicus), a highly potent medicinal plant endemic to the Agasthya hills.
  • This ‘miracle plant’ is known for its traditional use by the Kani tribal community to combat fatigue.
  • Studies have also proved its varied spectrum of pharmacological properties such as anti-oxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anti-tumour, anti-ulcer, anti-hyperlipidemic, hepatoprotective and anti-diabetic.
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