India: Auyrvedic Healers gather & make plea for help saving forests
A national tribal healing workshop and exhibition on centuries old
tribal medicines was recently held in Bhubneshwar. 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. The 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.