Action anthropology, tribal medicine and development 
Edward Sankowski (University of Oklahoma)
Betty Harris (University of Oklahoma)
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Short Abstract:

Medicine and disease have had an impact on the culture of the mankind.Every tribal community has evolved a pharmacopoeia and a therapy.Despite the onslaught of the modern medicine,tribal people are still pursuing the traditional system of medicine.

Long Abstract

Medicine and disease have had a undeniable effect on the history and culture of the mankind. Every human society has evolved a pharmacopoeia and a therapy, it may be magico-religious, secular or empirical or scientific. However, in the context of India, a number of tribal communities are still pursuing the traditional system of medicine, which is based on indigenous knowledge and practice. But in the changing scenario of modern medical system, the tribal people are reluctant to practice their system of medicine.

In order to preserve, foster, and further develop the knowledge of medicinal plants, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, and treatment systems of the traditional system of tribal medicine, Muddha Mooppan Centre for Tribal Medicine Development Hospital was founded in January 2011 (to perpetuate the memory of the late Sri Muddha Mooppan, a renowned tribal healer) under the auspicious of L K Ananthakrishna Iyer International Centre for Anthropological Studies (AICAS), Palakkad, Kerala. We have been able to identify, and assist the tribal practitioners of this system to derive the maximum benefit, ethically and financially, from their expertise.

The main objectives of the Centre are:

1. To protect and safeguard the Intellectual Property Rights of the tribal people of India in their unique medicinal and scientific knowledge system, their pharmacopia and their practical applications;

2. To promote the living standards including health and nutrition of the tribal people.

3. To interface with modern scientific advances like Information Technology for furthering the knowledge base on tribal Medicine.

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