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A tree of solace for cancer patients

Published in Lakshmi Taru Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:59 1

 Paradise tree, a native of South and Central America and now grown widely in Karnataka, is fast becoming a tree of solace for many cancer patients in the state. The decoction of leaves is being used as a complement to chemotherapy, with patients vouching that it drastically improves the quality of life and even cure the cancer.

The leaves are sourced from Bangalore, where two retired agricultural scientists, Syamasundar Joshi and Shantha Joshi, are engaged in popularising this tree and the decoction. They do it without taking any money, charging patients only labour cost.

'Tree of paradise' repels fever, yields butter

Published in Lakshmi Taru Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:58 0

 Move over neem and tulsi, the 'tree of paradise' is ready to take the herbal world by storm and give energy guzzlers a new bio-fuel to burn.

Simarouba Glauca DC, or laxmi taru as the tree has been christened here, is being promoted by horticulturists, agro-scientists, holistic health hubs and practitioners of traditional Indian medicines across the country as the latest wonder tree whose edible, therapeutic and other utility values may outweigh those of common medicinal and edible herbs found in India.