An interactive meeting on “Current Status of Bangladeshi medicinal plants and demystifying of ethnomedicines with modern approaches” was held at Hamdard University Bangladesh on 19 January 2020 in the Board Room of Hamdard University Bangladesh. The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof Dr Md Abdul Mannan presided over the interactive meeting. Besides, the Pro Vice Chancellor of the University Prof Dr Abul Khair, the head of the Department of Public Health Prof Dr Mohammad Moshaddeque Hossain, Director of Hamdard International Institute of Integrated Herbal Research and Development (HIIIHRD) Dr. Md. Zahurul Haque, Head of the Unani and Ayurvedic Medicine Dr Md Khairul Alam, Research Officer Dr. Masfida Akhter, and all the faculty members of the Faculty of Unani and Ayurvedic Medicine, experts and researchers of the University and Hamdard Laboratories (WAQF) Bangladesh were present.
Prof Shaikh Bokhtear Uddin, obtained PhD in the field of Ethnobotany, Scotland, UK and Mohammad Omar Faruque, obtained PhD in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, China. Currently, they are working in the Department of Botany of the University of Chittagong. They presented power point slides and briefly discussed on traditional and complementary/alternative medicine, categories traditional medicine and present status of traditional medicine in Bangladesh, medicinal plant and its status of Bangladesh, ethnobotany, and so on. They also shared their research experiences among those present in the meeting.
The meeting concluded with the hope that steps be taken to validate raw materials available in the market for ensuring safe herbal medicine. The group discussion also led to an agreement that IK (indigenous knowledge) related to ethnic medicine and valuable ‘threatened’ plants in the community should be conserved for future generation.