Sa nhan tim (Amomum Longiligulare T.L.Wu) (Source: VNA)

Thanh Hoa (VNA) – A scientific project to preserve and develop the genetic resources of the medicinal plants Ba Kich (Morinda officinalis How) and Sa nhan tim (Amomum Longiligulare T.L.Wu) is underway in Pu Hu Nature Reserve, the northern central province of Thanh Hoa.

According to Nguyen Phuong Dong, Director of the management board of the reserve area, the project will be conducted from 2017-2020, contributing to raise public awareness of protecting rare herbal plants in the locality.

It is focusing on researching the current status and threats to these two species in 20 villages, holding conferences and signing commitments to protect the plants in 40 villages in the buffer zone of the reserve area.

The board is also working to propose preservation measures and printing posters for the communication work.

The project is important as the natural distribution area of the plants is gradually narrowing, Dong said.

It will also help protect forest resources and land, restore vegetation, raise forest coverage, improve the environment and develop other herbal plants in Pu Hu forest, he added.

Ba Kich is thought to have some effects in the treatment of many diseases such as kidney failure, impotence, rheumatism, neurological depression, insomnia, asthma and diarrhoea, among others. The planting of the medicinal plant has been piloted in the northern provinces of Lang Son, Vinh Phuc and Hoa Binh.

Sa nhan tim is usually used to treat digestion-related diseases.-VNA