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Title: <smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" name="place" downloadurl=""> The lesser-known medicine <i>Ka Dawai Ñiangsohpet</i> of the <i style="">Khasis</i> in Meghalaya, Northeast India </smarttagtype>
Authors: Hynniewta, SR
Kumar, Y
Keywords: Ethnomedicine
Herbal medicine
<i style="">Khasis</i>
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Series/Report no.: <b>Int. Cl.<sup>8</sup>: </b>A61K36/00, A61P1/04, A61P1/06, A61P1/08, A61P1/10
Abstract: The paper aims at focusing light on the hidden indigenous knowledge of traditional medicines of the <i style="">Khasis</i> in Meghalaya. There is an age-old belief of the <i style="">Khasis</i> in a type of germ that infects the infants and newborns known as <i>U Ñiangsohpet </i>(<i style="">Ñiang</i> means germs and <i style="">sohpet</i> means the navel in <i style="">Khasi</i> dialect) and in administering of the herbal medicine <i>Ka Dawai Ñiangsohpet</i> to eliminate the germs from the body .The information presented in the paper is collected through direct field interviews with the indigenous herbal practitioners, observation of the patients to see the effectiveness of the herbal medicine, recording the testimony received from the parents whose children have been fully cured and also highlighting the view of the allopathic doctors on this matter. <i>Ñiangsohpet</i> is a form of infantile diarrhoea or irregular bowels and yellowness of the conjunctiva and skin during infanthood known as neonatal jaundice. This herbal medicine <i>Ka Dawai Ñiangsohpet </i>may prove effective in reducing infant mortality.<b></b>
Description: 475-479
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.09(3) [July 2010]

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