Sunday, July 30, 2017

Gift a Tulsi plant: Live in harmony with nature

Plants and trees are vital to life and are an integral part of our environment. They provide oxygen, conserve water, improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and help control climate, to name a few. Nature is not called ‘Mother Nature’ for nothing. Nature is life-giving; it nurtures. Nature provides us with food, water and medicines. And, we need to look after it and live in harmony with it.
The green cover in the country is fast disappearing in the name of development. Ongoing construction activities clear land and forests of trees. Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change, which directly affects five components of the environment: water, air, weather, oceans, and ecosystems and adversely affects human health. Hence, the disturbed ecological balance needs to be restored.
One way to do this is by planting more trees. Another way to create awareness about preserve and protect our environment is by gifting plants. Choose medicinal plants such as Tulsi.
We often hear of tree plantation drives in the country. So why not a campaign to gift a tulsi plant?
Tulsi is a plant, which is common to most households. There is a saying in Sanskrit: “Tulanaa naasti athaiva tulsi” meaning that which is incomparable in its qualities is the tulsi. It has both spiritual and health significance.
The health benefits of Tulsi are known to all since ancient times. It has a multitude of beneficial actions in the body such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anti-allergic, immunomodulatory, diaphoretic, adaptogenic, anti-stress, neuro-protective, cardio-protective, anti-diabetic, anti-hypercholesterolemia, anti-hypertensive, anti-carcinogenic,  chemopreventive, radioprotective, to name a few.
Gifting plants is environment-friendly. It is a gift for many occasions, be it housewarming, birthdays, weddings, etc. You can also give plant saplings as a return gift for birthdays of your children. This is one way by which you can instill in them the need to look after the environment right from an early age.
Gift potted plants instead of gifting flower bouquets or other gifts. Choose Tulsi plant or any other medicinal plant such as Stevia. These are long-lasting gifts.
To control the alarming increases in non-communicable diseases, it is important to change our lifestyle and live in harmony with nature by protecting the environment. The proximity with nature helps in the inward spiritual journey and shifts one from the sympathetic (disturbed) to parasympathetic (relaxed) mode described by lowering of blood pressure and pulse rate and rise in skin resistance. A balance between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic modes is required for optimum health and well-being.

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI

Recipient of Padma Shri, Dr BC Roy National Award, Vishwa Hindi Samman, National Science Communication Award & FICCI Health Care Personality of the Year Award
Vice President Confederation of Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)
Past Honorary Secretary General IMA
Past Senior National Vice President IMA  
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Gold Medalist Nagpur University
Limca Book of Record Holder in CPR 10
Honorary Professor of Bioethics SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre  
Sr. Consultant Medicine & Cardiology, Dean Board of Medical Education, Moolchand
Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & eMedinewS
Member Ethics Committee Medical Council of India (2013-14)  
Chairman Ethics Committee Delhi Medical Council (2009-15)
Elected Member Delhi Medical Council (2004-2009)
Chairman IMSA Delhi Chapter (March 10- March 13)

Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08-09)
Finance Secretary IMA (07-08)
Chairman IMAAMS (06-07)
President Delhi Medical Association (05-06)

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