Vol. 6, Special Issue 1 (2017)
Indigenous healthcare practices of rural women for digestive disorders in Andhra Pradesh
Author(s): Dr. Swarnalatha AM, Dr Kanthisri S Buraka, PC Kalavatamma
Abstract: The indigenous system of medicine namely Ayurvedic, Siddha and Unani have been in existence for several centuries. These systems of medicine cater the needs of nearly 70% of population residing in the villages. In Indian context two parallel streams are carrying the indigenous healthcare system from generation to generation. One is at household level, through grandmas. The other is through local folk healers. These two streams form a very significant part in India's indigenous healthcare system. An attempt is made to find out the indigenous knowledge of rural/tribal women of Andhra Pradesh with regard to preventive and curative measures against digestive disorders. The digestive disorders covered are constipation, diarrhoea, dysentery, stomachache, vomiting, indigestion, enlargement of spleen and jaundice. It was found that folk healers and rural women for the purpose of preventing and curing the above digestive disorders uses nearly 40 medicinal plants. The collected information was scientifically validated with the help of Ayurvedic experts and by referring the scientific literature.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Swarnalatha AM, Dr Kanthisri S Buraka, PC Kalavatamma. Indigenous healthcare practices of rural women for digestive disorders in Andhra Pradesh. 2017; 6(6S): 882-886.