‘Miracle’ plant

IMPHAL, Jun 19:Even as some experts have started cautioning the users of the potion extracted from Croton Caudatus Geiseler healing shrub for having side effects, the presence of the much hyped miraculous plant known locally as Chawilien Damdawi has been found in abundance in other parts too. Otherwise people have been rushing to Saikot village of Churachandpur district.

The latest place identified to be the home of Croton Caudatus Geiseler in abundance is said to be Thangjing hills in the northern part of Churachandpur district. Local women of the area have found a profitable business by selling the leaves of the plant in Imphal area which fetch them a good amount of money in a day. The local women are selling a load of small polythene bag of the leaves for Rs 50 each, while larger ones have been sold for Rs 300 each. A woman from Khousabung village under Moirang police station in Churachandpur district, who sold the leaves in Imphal area door to door, said that she managed to earn at least Rs 1000 a day. She said people of Khousabung area are gathering the leaves in large numbers for sale in the market. It may be mentioned that the preparation of Chawilien Damdawi, which is said to have cured many ailments inclu-ding cancer, diabetes, etc, has been enjoying its popularity across the state as well as the region for quite sometime now. It was first discovered by a local healer Chawilien Hmar of Saikawt village in Churachandpur district, whom the plant has been named after. Scholars and biologists have studied the pharmaceutical contents in the plant after it attracted huge numbers of users across the state and even to neighbouring states. Long queues of different communities of the state are formed in Saikawt village to get the medicine. Now, the plant has been discovered in other places too. Thangjing hills may be the next Saikawt if report of the presence of the leaves is proved. Meanwhile, the head of department of Radiotherapy of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal Prof Th. Tomcha has cautioned that the use of Chawilien Damdawi could invite unwanted results in the future if proper and timely steps are not taken by the state Government to check the rampant use. Prof Tomcha also said that side effects on persons who use the local medicine were found suffering with diarrhoea and allergy.

Source: http://www.thesangaiexpress.com/News_pages/Local_page-09.html

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