Workshop focuses on knowledge
of traditional medicines
A national tribal healing workshop and exhibition
on centuries old tribal medicines was recently held
in Bhubneshwar. About 25 tribal healers from 13 tribal
dominated districts participated in this workshop.
The tribal healers gained some knowledge from the
researchers and also shared their knowledge about
the ayurvedic medicine that their ancestors have passed
on to them. The workshop was organised to give a common
platform to the tribal healers, researchers and patients
and also to promote the ayurvedic medicine among the
people. Tribal healers appealed to the state authorities
to take measures to prevent extinction of auyrvedic
medicines. A major threat faced by them is deforestation.
"It would be good if we people get help from the government.
We hope that the government saves the forests from
deforestation. We hope that the government gives a
machine to powder the herbs to 10-20 villages together
to facilitate our work. In such a case, we will be
able to give free medicines to the poor and needy,"
said Kulamani Meher, a tribal healer.
tribal healers claim to have cures for even dreadful
diseases including AIDS and cancer. Interestingly,
a large number of chronically ill patients come to
the workshop with the hope of getting cured. "I have
hundred per cent confidence in ayurvedic medicines
because we benefit a lot and get from such exhibitions
things that are not expensive," said Santosh Patnaik,
a customer. Tribal healers are unlicensed but not
necessarily untrained. The healing techniques they
have is a legacy passed on to them through generations.
in South India,
Pradesh in North India, Assam,