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Title: Pattern of traditional medicine usage in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya
Authors: Lyngdoh, J P
Syiem, D
Mao, AA
Keywords: Usage trend;Herbal medicine;Khasi tribe;East Khasi Hills district;Meghalaya
Issue Date: Jan-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: A61K 36/00
Abstract: The present paper reports the usage trend of traditional medicine among the indigenous Khasi population of East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya. The study recorded a high percentage of usage of herbal home remedies for common and minor ailments. Between the C & RD blocks, there is some difference with respect to usage. Further, for all three blocks studied distance and literacy did not influence usage of herbal medicine. A highly significant difference (p< 0.01) was observed on the frequencies of herbal medicine consultation per year, by the respondents. A large majority of the respondent shows duality vis-à-vis allopathic versus local health practices. Allopathy comes into play when home remedies fails. The difference in the preferences of respondents between these two systems of medicine is significant at p<0.01. Amongst the different population categories consulting the LHPs, adults record the maximum number, in all the three C & RD blocks. The difference between the three population categories is significantly high (p<0.01) in Mylliem block whereas the difference are insignificant (p>0.01) in Mawkynrew and Shella-Bholaganj blocks.
Page(s): 164-170
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.13(1) [January 2014]

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