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Title: Indigenous home remedies for common ailments
Authors: Nagnur, Shobha
Channal, Geeta
Channamma N
Keywords: Traditional knowledge
Home remedies
Indigenous remedies
Issue Date: Oct-2009
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A01K61/00, A61P1/04, A61P1/06, A61P1/10, A61P1/14
Abstract: Indigenous knowledge is the tried and tested knowledge of the local communities. Although the knowledge has been in use since long years, it has never been really documented. The native cultures and knowledge of plants and their use is fast disappearing. India, recognizing the danger of this loss of precious indigenous knowledge is actively trying to salvage for the benefit of all humanity as much of it as possible before it is forever entombed with the cultures that gave it birth. This study attempts to document the home remedies for gastrointestinal problems in Haveri district of Karnataka state. Documentation by focused group discussion with village elders was taken up in 14 villages. Documented remedies were examined for awareness and usage for which 210 women from seven villages were interviewed. The findings revealed the use of spices and condiments from the kitchen or backyard. Although the respondents knew most remedies, their usage was very low and the reasons most often cited were preference to go to doctor and laborious processes of preparing the medicines.
Page(s): 577-580
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.08(4) [October 2009]

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