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Preserving Heritage, Empowering Wellness: Adivasi Women Share Traditional Medicinal Wisdom

Women in Udaipur, Rajasthan prepare the ingredients to make moringa (drumstick leaves) tonic

Adivasi women from Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan are sharing their traditional knowledge of medicinal herbs to preserve their cultural heritage and promote the well-being of their communities.

Women teaching children the recipe for moringa (drumstick leaves) tonic in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Following a successful knowledge-exchange workshop, the women have started preparing home remedies with a focus on tuberculosis (TB) patients. They have taken the initiative to pass on this knowledge to other women and children, strengthening the connection between communities and traditional practices through intergenerational knowledge sharing.

Our barefoot health volunteer giving the pipra-honey mix to a patient in Ganj Basoda

Dhaatri has taken a step towards integrating this knowledge exchange with its existing health programme in Madhya Pradesh's Panna and Vidisha districts. Our barefoot health volunteers are now preparing the home remedies, including a mixture of pipra (long pepper) and honey, known to help with cough problems, for TB and silicosis patients. This approach combines traditional knowledge with modern medical treatments, with the aim of improving health outcomes.

During the workshop held in September, the women had held discussions highlighting the importance of forest resources to meet their nutritional needs and complement conventional medical treatments.

*Faces of the children have been blurred to protect their privacy

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