A proposal for the preservation of traditional medicinal herbs through cultivation in the Himalayas

By Dr. Sherab Tenzin
Master of Sowa Rigpa Traditional Medical Science (MD)

BACKGROUND:
Dr Sherab Tenzin is the founder and director of Pure Vision Sorig Healing and Research Center based in Dollu, Pharping Nepal. It is registered under the government of Nepal in 2007 and the license number is 43883/063/064.  He not only practices Tibetan medicines but also gives great importance in preserving medicinal herbs. As of today's world more and more people from around the world are giving great interest in natural herbal healing system and are seeking more herbal remedies, products and supplements etc. Hence the herbal business is increasing and becoming popular. Natural herbs, specially the key medicinal herbs and the rare medicinal plants that are found in the Himalayas at high altitude levels are being over used and are close to extinct. Since they are not re-cultivated, they are declining every year by year.

MISSION:
In order to preserve them, Dr. Sherab has started a medicinal herb plantation in Bhutan from 2008. He visits Bhutan twice a year to see the plantation work which is looked after by his relatives and two full time staffs throughout the year. In order to continue this herb plantation work in Bhutan we are now looking for further support. We will need Indian Rupies 1, 60,000 (USD 3,500) per year.  This includes – payment of two staffs, water and electricity bills, seeds, manuals, repairing of the garden tools, etc...

Presently we have two permanent staffs that are taking care of the plantation area. We have started with 10 kinds of medicinal herbs and they are growing very well. From this year onwards we hope to extend with rarer and root medicinal herbs and high altitude herbs. So to continue this work to preserve medicinal herbs we are seeking financial support. Anyone who is interested to contribute any amount to this conservation project is most welcome.

Dr. Sherab has second plantation project in Pharping, Nepal where he runs a clinic and healing center near by. At the center he gives free treatments to the poor locals, nuns, monks, retreatants and those who need help. Also provide a place to stay for those coming from far places. The income from the center goes to support the free medicine project that he has been doing since several years.

His main aim now is to cultivate the high altitude growing medicinal herbs and the low altitude growing herbs in a larger area. And for this project he has found a suitable land on a lease rent for ten years. The estimated cost for this project at start is about 10 – 12 thousand dollar which in Nepali rupees is equivalent to 8 – 9 Lakhs. This includes rent of the land for 10 years; fencing of the land, green house, garden supplies and tools, payment for staffs, installation of water line etc… Once it is started then we need support for running cost only. Such as staffs payment, water, electricity, garden supplies and maintenance etc. for some years.

Once his main aim to cultivate and preserve the high altitude rare medicinal herbs become successful and functions smoothly, it will give great benefit to the locals as it will increase job opportunities, it will become a great opportunity for students who are interested to study and do research about medicinal herbs. It will also help to sustain medicinal herbal plants and protect them from being over used. Thus Dr. Sherab's dream is to maintain the cycle between the herbal ecosystem with the. The income from this plantation will be re-used for increasing more plantation work and for free medical services. Thus anyone who is interested to contribute and involve in this project please let us know by mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mrs. Pema at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Account details will be sent to you. Thanking you for your time and support.

BUDGET:

PART A
Our details on plantation expenses in Nepal are as follows:

  • 3 Ropani Land on a lease rent for ten years: NRs. 3, 00,000 ($4,500)
  • Fencing of the land: NRs. 1,80,000 ($2,500)
  • Green House Installation: NRs. 1,05,000 ($1,500)
  • G.P.S. (Global Positional system): NRs. 17,500 ($250)
  • Dens meter: NRs. 7,000 ($100)
  • Soil PH kit: NRs.3, 500 ($50)
  • Miscellaneous: NRs. 7,000 ($100)
  • Garden supplies and tools: NRs. 35,000 ($500)
  • Sign board: NRs. 14,000 ($200)
  • Sign posts for plants: NRs. 10,500 (USD 150)
  • Garden care taker - salary for two person per one year: NRs. 1, 44,000 (USD 2,000)
  • GRAND TOTAL: NRs. 8, 34,500 ($11,900) for the first year

PART B
Detail running for Bhutan plantation are as follows:

Indian Rupies 1, 60,000 (USD 3,500) per year.
This includes payment of two staffs, water and electricity bills, seeds, manuals, repairing of the garden tools, etc...