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Traditional healing should be scientific: Hek


SHILLONG: Meghalaya Government is concerned about the fact that medicinal plants are disappearing fast from the state due to burning of jungles and rampant cutting of forests.

Talking to media persons after holding a meeting with the traditional healers here on Tuesday, Health and Family Welfare minister, AL Hek said that traditional healing should be scientific.

Stating that the traditional medicine has been practised by different communities of the state since time immemorial for treating various ailments and diseases, he, however, added that most of the traditional healers in the state were practicing traditional healing individual and there is no record as to how many of them are genuine

“We want to create an awareness so that they practice traditional healing in a professional way as many of them are practicing it haphazardly` which cannot sustain and we want to have a revenue model for them,” Hek added

Hek maintained that Kerala had progressed far ahead than others in treating patients of various diseases with treatment of traditional medicine of Ayurvedic and they had also applied scientific knowledge in this regard and the State Government on the same lines was keen to develop health tourism as well

Hek also pointed out that there were very few traditional healers who could identify herbal plants even as he added that the Government would like to have expertise on the subject from outside the state as well as the country.

Sharing their experiences, traditional healers informed that they had been successful in treating fractures, toothache and snakebites by using medicinal herbs.


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