- Scientists from the University of Kerala have decoded the genetic make-up of Arogyapacha (Trichopus zeylanicus).
- Arogyapacha is a subspecies of Trichopus zeylanicus. It is a small medicinal plant with slender stems and thick leaves. In India, it is found in the Agasthya hills, Western Ghats
- The plant has high therapeutical qualities. It is known for its traditional use by the Kani tribal community (a tribe in the Western Ghats area of Kerala) to combat fatigue. It helps body retain vigour and vitality.
- Several other studies have shown that the plant has properties such as anti-oxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anti-tumour, anti-ulcer, anti-hyperlipidemic, hepatoprotective and anti-diabetic.
- In Ayurveda, arogyapacha is described as one of the 18 divine herbs.
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