• Ramanpreet Walia
  • Abhay Verma


Plants and fungi are a vital part of healthcare. Over 80% of the global population rely on traditional medicine, much of which is based on plant remedies. Traditional Chinese medicine alone uses over 5,000 plant species.

There is a healing quality in nature, which has been known for centuries, be it taking time to smell the roses, meditating on a mountain, lying in a wildflower field, strolling by a meandering stream, or hiking in ancient redwood groves. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, recognized this powerful attribute in his humbling statement:

Nature cures—not the physician.   Hippocrates

Keywords: Stevia rebaudiana , Steviol, Natural Herb, FSSAI.


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Walia, R., and A. Verma. “STEVIA AN UNTOUCHED NATURE’S GIFT CAN BE A BOON TO DIABETIC”. International Journal of Drug Regulatory Affairs, Vol. 4, no. 1, Feb. 2018, pp. 24-27, doi:10.22270/ijdra.v4i1.179.

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