Tribal Medicine

Tribal knowledge is an offspring of the old mind. Much like an individual’s mind, it is a constantly evolving center of transient and core information. The base contains fundamental, time-tested values and traditions. The temporal information may include incoming and outgoing thoughts and ideas from such diverse sources as a divine inspiration to planetary mass media.

In this course, we focus on tribal knowledge from the south of India. Tribal culture is any unwritten information that is not commonly known by others but only by the tribes itself. Knowledge of plants, diseases, weather, stars and all other worldly phenomena that trigger humans mind.

Among the 35 tribal communities in Kerala, the major ones are Urali, Paniyan, Kapu, Kanikkar, Kadar, Irula, and Mala arayan. Almost all these tribal groups have developed their traditional systems of medicines that accompanied by the paraphernalia like symbolic sacrifices, magical incantations and mysticism. Along with it, they also follow special diets to cure the diseases. In most cases the tribes will not disclose their secret medicines. The herbs are collected from near and around their settlements and are prepared and served directly to the patient. The most remarkable fact is that a single plant is used in different ways and for different types of diseases.

It has discovered that these indigenous healers have adequate remedies for a cough, toothache, stomach ache, rheumatism, jaundice, urinal stone, itching, diarrhoea, ulcer, etc. Dr. Mohana did 25 years research by the Kani tribes in her home country.
From what she saw, and learned she made a course for students interested in tribal knowledge to widen their horizon.