By Dr. Deepak Acharya
The traditional storage of ethnobotanical knowledge in memory and practices has a long history and must go back to the
beginning of human existence. Likewise, ethnobotany is of great age in India, where it has been described in several ancient literatures. One of the most important sources is the Rig Veda (1200-900 BC), which has been useful in the attempt to identify the source of the traditional medicine system, also known as ‘Ayurveda’.