Herbal remedies in cure of tuberculosis prevalent among ethnic communities in Central India
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Abstract: Since ancient times, tuberculosis (TB) is an age-old contagious disease and patients are suffering from illnesses. India bears a disproportionately large burden of the world's tuberculosis rates, as it resides to be the biggest health problem in India. One third of the world’s population is infected with TB. Recently, an increasing concern has been observed because the causing organism of this disease has become multi-drug resistant. The present study was carried out among Gond, Korku and Bhatra tribe in Central India. Out of 700 respondents surveyed 443 respondents (63.2%) of them were found to be suffering from disease. Gond tribes preferred leaf or root powder of Muskdana (Abelmoschus esculentus); Korku tribes preferred leaf or root powder of Adusa (Adhatoda vasica) and Bhatra tribes favoured whole plant of Van Tulsi (Ocimum basilium). Out of diseased 443, 307 (69.3%) were found to be cured by herbal medicines in their region for a period of five months. The paper concludes that WHO has thus, recognized these herbal remedies and found, it will not be feasible to replace and probably not desirable to replace these herbal home remedies with modern medicines.
Fig.: A, Interviewing a traditional healer; B, Interviewing Korku Tribal community; C, A view of forest; D, A family of Bhatra tribe in Chhattisgarh.