Controversy is a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of conflicting opinion or point of view. Controversial plants or Sandigdhadrayas is a term used for medicinal plants having controversial botanicals as sources; appear in the Ancient Indian Literature. There are several reasons for the existence of controversy in Medicinal Plants. It has become an important task to generate parameters of identification among different plant sources having similar name. Since herbal products are prepared using plants known for specific activity, the controversial source sometimes lead to inefficacious preparation. The problem of controversial drugs requires tackling from several angles such as literary, pharmacognostical, pharmacological & clinical apart from collecting relevant data from field study. Now it is up to the younger generation to carry on this work further utilising all the available scientific methodology & techniques to arrive at a rational conclusion about identity of controversial drugs. It is not a question of which is the correct botanical source of a drug but which is more potent in curing a disease. Genuine research work should be carried out by all means for solving this controversy.
Sreelekshmi M., Vimala, K. S., Dr. Raiby P. Paul, and Chandran, N., “Controvery in Medicinal Plants: A Review”, International Ayurvedic Medical Journal (IAMJ), vol. 5, no. 7, 2017.