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Title: Documentation and participatory rapid assessment of ethnoveterinary practices
Authors: Santhanakrishnan, Raneesh
Hafeel, Abdul
Hariramamurthi, BA
Unnikrishnan, PM
Keywords: Ethnoveterinary medicine
Local health traditions
Participatory rapid assessment
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.⁸ : A61K36/00, A61P1/04, A61P1/06, A61P1/10, A61P1/14, A61P11/00, A61P 11/14, A61P15/00, A61P 15/06, A61P 19/00, A61P 27/02, A61P 27/14, A61P 27/16, A61P 39/02
Abstract: The Indian subcontinent has a rich ethnoveterinary health tradition owing to the large agriculture based livelihoods and rich biodiversity. Due to various social, economic and political factors this tradition is facing the threat of rapid erosion. A Programme to revitalise the ethnoveterinary traditions was initiated in 2001 by the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bangalore in collaboration with National Diary Development Board (NDDB) and many field based non-governmental organisations in southern India. A participatory Rapid Assessment Programme was designed in order to find the best ethnoveterinary practices in select locations of southern India. This method is a community-based rapid assessment in which ethnoveterinary folk healers, veterinary doctors, Ayurvedic doctors, botanists and field workers play key roles. Many such documentation and assessment workshops were conducted in different parts of southern India from the year 2001-2003. A total of around 116 plant species for nearly 19 health conditions that are commonly seen in cattle were taken for assessment in different geographical locations. The basic principle of this assessment is a consensus of opinion among different medical systems about the management of a health condition. It was found that nearly 70% of the practices had supportive evidence from Ayurveda and modern pharmacology on their prescribed uses. It was also found that 55% of those positively assessed plants are easily available locally in each of the bio-geographical locations and can be grown in homestead gardens. The methodology of the assessment programme with an illustration of a health condition as understood by the local healers has been presented.
Page(s): 360-364
ISSN: 0972-5938
Source:IJTK Vol.07(2) [April 2008]

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