The Medicinal Trees compiles material about 100 tree types whose body-parts show healing values. It gives various local names of the species and its distribution. It lists old healing preparations of its body parts. The book mostly chooses trees growing on road sides, in parks, in homestead lands, and in waste lands. It attempts to reinvent medicines in trees that we know as fruit trees, timber trees, shade trees, and many more others. It even searches “useless” wild growth of waste lands for medicines. And, it does find many a medicine there. The book attempts to reinvent the old medicines our forefathers had used since time immemorial. They had used them to cure a hoard of ailments. Through use of roots, bark, leaves, and other parts, our forefathers had perfected a system of healing. We have almost lost that. The book tries to redeem that system of healing.
“Indian Forests Soil Water and Bio-Environment Conservation” deals with the soil erosion in forests. It looks at the problem from a practicing forester’s viewpoint. Most past practices believed masonry gravity erections as the cure to soil erosion. This book proceeds with an altered premise. It proposes that strengthening earth through root systems of plants best protects soils. And it also conserves water the best. In doing this, the book gives an easy picture of Indian Forest Types. For the first time, it gives a cross profile of forests across India. The profile connects prominent towns with forest types existing around them. It also deals with forest fires, over-grazing, and forms of soil erosion. For the first time, it flags faulty disposal of rain water along hill roads as a menace to soil conservation there.