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LUCKNOW, INDIA, June 2, 2001: A "health garden" which provides herbal cures for a variety of ailments has been developed in the Uttar Pradesh capital by the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Cimap), to encourage the commercial cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. The garden was inaugurated by Uttaranchal Governor Surjit Singh Barnala. "Extracts available from the 50 herb varieties being grown in this garden could be used for producing expectorants, bronchial remedies, anti-spasmodic drugs, purgatives and many other medicines," said Cimap director S.P.S. Khanuja, who developed the garden. "There are herbs with tremendous capabilities to heal inflammations, burns, viral infections, hypertension, even certain types of cancer," he pointed out. The institute has decided to offer technical know-how and scientific support to anyone who wants to take up the cultivation of medicinal or aromatic plants on a commercial scale. "The whole idea was not only to revive and develop herbal cures for various ailments, as is available in our ancient books, but to also make people aware of the fantastic potential of these herbs," Khanuja said.