Now homeopathy drugs to treat fungus of books and manuscripts

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Lucknow, May 7 (UNI) In a breakthrough research, scientists have found the time-tested homeophathy medicines to treat and prevent fungal growth in books, old documents and manuscripts.

Homeopathy, which has already been accepted as a powerful way of treating various ailments in human beings, is found to be a potent tool to 'treat' the old manuscripts, books and documents without any side effects.

Scientists at the National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC) have recently completed a project in this regard and have found that certain homeopathic medicines were useful to prevent and cure fungus in books and manuscripts.

''It took us about three years to complete the project and identified some of homeopathy drugs extremely useful in treatment of fungus on the books, senior NRLC scientist Shashi Dhawan told UNI here today.

She said the research conducted in the paper division of the Lab also studied the physico-chemical properties of the paper and found that the basic properties of the paper would remain unchanged after the treatment by homeopathic drugs.

''We have, in the past, treated books and manuscripts successfully by chemicals but such environmental-friendly research has been a novel attempt,''she claimed.

NRLC, which is engaged in preservation and conservation of historical and heritage buildings through its expertised application, has conducted such type of research for the the first time.

According to Dr Dhawan some of the homoeopathy medicines tested during the course of study included Sulphar Iodatum, Petrolium, Arsenicum,Graphites, Merzerium, Bacillinum, Psoranium, Antium crude and Rumux in different potencies. The homeopathy drugs have earlier been used on plants but not on books and papers, she said.

In the tropical and sub-tropical countries like India where humid weather prevails, the attack of fungus on books is more prevalent. The common types of fungi effecting the books and manuscrips are Emericella, Aspergillus Niger and Chaetomium Globaosum.

Dr Dhawan also claimed that their research was well appreciated in the national and international scientific circles.

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