Pradheeps M., Chella Perumal A. and Poyyamoli G. receive International Ayurveda Research Award-2015 in Natural Medicine
05 March, 2015, India, USA NEWS CORPMuch awaited award was announced this week. Finally India wins International Ayurveda Research Award-2015 in Natural Medicine. Thousands of nominations from several countries were received for international competition. The noble work is screened which distinguish from the rest, in different aspects of the Natural Medicine. The award is introduced to highlight excellent think tanks on global platform. The research findings were published on world’s prestigious The Journal of Ethnobiology and Traditional Medicine. Since this work involves collection of ethnobotanical knowledge base which is available only from few traditional healers, there is no possibility for increasing the number of people interviewed, in fact he has included all the available traditional healers from the selected villages. The data obtained from the census are cross referred with the data collected from traditional healers and confirmed. The declining trend in the tradition, by the modern facilities and exposure of the jobs outside the villages in the nearby town is the reason behind why the ethno botanical knowledge base is not common as reported by other workers. The study insists the need and importance of conservation of medicinal plants and ethnobotanical knowledge, since it is under great threats in the near future due to various factors ranges from absence of mother-child nexus to anthropogenic impacts in the study area. Hence by planning a proper set up of traditional school of ethnobotany along with herbal garden could conserve and document the remaining knowledge of traditional healers and ensure that the future generations will learn and keep the traditional heritage. They acknowledge Shri. Surendran and Shri Acchapan from Kunjome, Wayanad for assisting the fieldwork and the local people in the four villages for their co-operation extended during the survey are gratefully acknowledged. The authors are thankful to the Kerala Forest Department for permits and support for the field work and the infrastructural facilities provided by Pondicherry University are remembered with gratitude. The senior author is grateful to Pondicherry University for the research fellowship and the facilities provided by the Dept of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
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