2017, VOL. 3 ISSUE 1, PART G
Use of indigenous knowledge and culture in preserving health: A study on tribals in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha
Author(s): Yashodhara Mohanta and Dr. Chandrashree Lenka
The objectives of the present study was to discuss about the use of traditional knowledge and culture in preserving public health nutrition of tribal people of Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. One hundred households were selected by random purposive sampling method for collection of data and information on traditional food and health practices was collected by interview cum questionnaire method. The results of the study revealed that they used different types of locally available foods for their health benefits. Handia was their common beverage and they used it for their better health and getting relief from tiredness. For getting relief from diseased conditions they used various types of things such as Wild ant chutney for cough, Gangasiuli leaves juice for Malaria fever, Amarpoi leaves for Diarrhea, Powder of Black berry seeds for Diabetes, Bhalia for Eczema, Neem leaves and oil for scabies, Handia rasi, Pedipedica leaves and Mehendi roots for Jaundice, Bug with banana for Piles, etc. Palta medicines for son and Babul leaves for fair baby during pregnancy, Kalibahu and Gaichira (one type of root) for recovery after delivery, Bottlle gourd and sago dana kheer for better lactation, Even though medical facilities are available in that area still then the people were not utilizing it because of their misconception and lack of knowledge. Therefore Government should give emphasis on nutrition and health education of the tribal people and further indepth scientific research should be carried out in this direction to adopt new strategies for future generation.
How to cite this article:
Yashodhara Mohanta, Dr. Chandrashree Lenka. Use of indigenous knowledge and culture in preserving health: A study on tribals in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. Int J Home Sci 2017;3(1):426-429.