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Amrita’s Upliftment of Traditional Tribal Healers in Odisha, India

August 6, 2021 - 11:51
Amrita’s Upliftment of Traditional Tribal Healers in Odisha, India

Traditional Tribal Healing consists of ancient healing rituals, practices, and knowledge passed down by the indigenous people to the next generation. These healing techniques involve using herbs and plants mostly found in tribal regions and recognized only by the tribals. However, modernization and the lure of riches have attracted the tribal youth to the city. Lack of interest and the need for a better life has significantly reduced the passage of tribal healing practices from their ancestors to the younger tribals. Moreover, deforestation and the scarcity of invaluable plants have made it difficult for the tribals to procure the raw materials needed to produce tribal medicines.

As a Tribal Center of Excellence (CoE) awarded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is working hard in Odisha to revive the livelihood of traditional tribal healers and their general well-being through innovative digital measures. A collaboration of AmritaCREATE and Amrita Ayurveda, and funded by MoTA, this research initiative aims to support the existing tribal health by improving awareness and integrating Tribal Healers into India’s present health systems.

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