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Move to revive traditional medicine system

By A Correspondent

MAJULI, Oct 11 - Pallab Gopal Jha, the first DC of the newly- formed Majuli district, invited the local practitioners of traditional medicines of Majuli, to the DC�s conference hall on Friday and took their suggestions to revive them in a more developed and beneficial manner.

The main emphasis of the meeting was to find ways to revive the traditional medicine system and to balance it with the modern bio-medicine system. Jha emphasised on three issues: Is traditional medicine system still effective and popular?; is it locally available? and what are the problems that the practitioners have to face?

Experts present at the meet felt that the traditional medicine system has had a tremendous influence on our society since ancient times and the satras and a few practitioners still practice it. But due to negligence and lack of interest, the system has lost its popularity as well as effectiveness in today�s world. Plants having medicinal qualities like posotia, saguni lata, sat-mul, birina are abundantly found in Majuli, but due to lack of proper knowledge and interest, people don�t have proper information and knowledge about the effectiveness of these plants and are even unable to recognise them. If properly used, these traditional medicines can be very helpful in curing simple diseases. A lot of practitioners of the traditional medicine system are scattered in various places of Majuli and through these kinds of conferences, an attempt has been made to revive and use it in a scientific way and also to preserve the endangered plants having medicinal qualities. Besides many practitioners of the system and a few Government officers, Dr Pranab Kr Dutta, retired agricultural scientist, Assam Agricultural University, and Bhabananda Devgoswami, satradhikar of Bor Alengi Satra were also present at the meet.

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Move to revive traditional medicine system

MAJULI, Oct 11 - Pallab Gopal Jha, the first DC of the newly- formed Majuli district, invited the local practitioners of traditional medicines of Majuli, to the DC�s conference hall on Friday and took their suggestions to revive them in a more developed and beneficial manner.

The main emphasis of the meeting was to find ways to revive the traditional medicine system and to balance it with the modern bio-medicine system. Jha emphasised on three issues: Is traditional medicine system still effective and popular?; is it locally available? and what are the problems that the practitioners have to face?

Experts present at the meet felt that the traditional medicine system has had a tremendous influence on our society since ancient times and the satras and a few practitioners still practice it. But due to negligence and lack of interest, the system has lost its popularity as well as effectiveness in today�s world. Plants having medicinal qualities like posotia, saguni lata, sat-mul, birina are abundantly found in Majuli, but due to lack of proper knowledge and interest, people don�t have proper information and knowledge about the effectiveness of these plants and are even unable to recognise them. If properly used, these traditional medicines can be very helpful in curing simple diseases. A lot of practitioners of the traditional medicine system are scattered in various places of Majuli and through these kinds of conferences, an attempt has been made to revive and use it in a scientific way and also to preserve the endangered plants having medicinal qualities. Besides many practitioners of the system and a few Government officers, Dr Pranab Kr Dutta, retired agricultural scientist, Assam Agricultural University, and Bhabananda Devgoswami, satradhikar of Bor Alengi Satra were also present at the meet.