PROMOTION OF THE INDIGENOUS SYSTEM OF MEDICINE

Introductory Note

Meghalaya is endowed with abundant natural resources. One of the components of plant diversity constitutes plants with medicinal and aromatic values. In the State, such plants have a long history rooted in its culture and tradition on account of wide range of use and application. There is a huge reservoir of persons with knowledge on the use of herbs plants for preventing and treating various human diseases and ailments including livestock. Presently, there is growing need and demand of medicinal and aromatic plants by Local Herbal Practitioners (LHPs), etc

            On the other hand, there has been largely a bypass in the judicious use of natural resources and biodiversity in the State. The adverse impact is explicit as there are ascending challenges for people to access to basic and livelihood needs. It is utmost important to ensure sustainable use of natural resources while also promoting medicinal and aromatic plants. To ensure people’s access to basic and livelihood needs, sustainability of development would not be possible with unsustainable utilization of natural resource – base

Goal

Promoting Traditional System of Medicine and Cultural Heritage

Objective

Promoting Bio Resources and Sustainable Development for Livelihood and Self Employment Creation

Process Mapping

  1. Engagement with LHPs in understanding the plants used by them as also assessment of critical gaps linked to value chain
  1. Mapping of geographical location and distribution of medicinal plants across the State and to understand their status
  1. Preparing the Directory of LHPs
  1. Documenting the Knowledge and Practice of LHPs and developing Digital Library on Traditional Knowledge and Practice
  1. Promoting Community Nursery for propagation of plants with medicinal and aromatic values including micro – propagation, if required for creation of Herbal Garden/ Park including biodiversity promotion which would be opportunities for promoting rural tourism
  1. Value Chain Study of Potential Marketable Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  1. Bio-prospection of the properties of plants commonly used by LHPs for dose – standardization, etc and Phytochemical analysis of potential marketable Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  1. Awareness promotion, institutional building and empowerment of knowledge and skill – sets of village communities/ CBOs who are interested in taking up nursery including plantation as also production of organic inputs by village communities for promoting herbal garden/ park for livelihood/ self employment creation and sustainable development
  1. Empowering Entrepreneurs with the required knowledge and skill – sets by LHPs and Science in manufacturing herbal products like medicine/ herbal drinks/ candies/ ointments/ balm/ cosmetics as one of the possibilities to boost tourism industry.
  1. Promoting Wellness Centres in Cluster/ Block/ District Level by LHPs
  1. Facilitating GI Certification, Intellectual Property Rights and Government Certification of LHPs and their practice

 

Progress:

  1. The Directory of Traditional Healers from across the State is being prepared in which the list of Traditional healers have been obtained through a series of District level Workshops, in collaboration with Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong and Traditional Healers. Further, mapping of these traditional healers have to be performed for integrating into GIS format. This Directory will provide basic information on the strength of this traditional practice and also as the baseline information on the Traditional Healers for which detailed documentation will be conducted.
  1. A 3-day Block level Workshop for Traditional Healers of Amlarem Block have been conducted from 28th -30th March, 2016 in collaboration with the Basin Development Unit-West Jaintia Hills and the Block Development Officer, Amlarem. The objective of the workshop is to performed detailed documentation of the Traditional Healers and their practices including the types of plants used, sources of raw materials- their collection and propagation, assessment of critical gaps, etc. (Report LHP)
  • In collaboration with Santhigiri Ashram and Research Foundation, Kerala and NRM Team, Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), the Centre conducted a 1-Day programme - the “Meghalaya Traditional Practitioners Meet“on the 12th August, 2016. The theme of the workshop is “Integrated Traditional Health Care Services as an Organised Sector”.  The aim of the Workshop is to deliberate on issues pertaining to manufacturing, processing of the Herbal formulations especially relating to enhancement of the shelf life of these herbal formulations. It is also aims to promote the Indigenous system of medicine of the State to be at par with other forms of the Indian System of Medicine. Its promotion as health tourism will not only provide identity to the Traditional Healers but will address livelihood opportunities   and employability (Report summary workshop).  

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