DIBRUGARH, June 7 - Medicinal and obesity-reducing properties of the humble thekera (garcinia) fruit were documented and presented as a seminar paper at a recent international seminar on medicinal chemistry, held at Prague. The medicinal properties of the fruit were presented by Dr Bijoy Neog, a professor at the Department of Life Sciences at the Dibrugarh University.
Dr Neog said obesity is a global challenge and that the garcinia fruit is well placed to reduce the scourge of this global health challenge. His presentation was at the 9th World Congress on Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry, which was held at Prague two days from May 13 this year. Dr Neog said obesity leads to health complexities including high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. His presentation dwelt on the traditional usage of thekera (garcinia) in food in the Assamese society, which helps keep obesity at bay. He cited the traditional Assamese knowledge of garcinia as a medicinal fruit, and how it could be used elsewhere. The meet had participants from 24 countries, according to Dr Neog.