International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Medicine | India | Volume 6 Issue 3, March 2017

Sustainability, Ecological Wisdom, and Traditional Healing Practices Among Tribals of Jharkhand, India

Meena Kumari [9]

Abstract: Situated in the heart of the Indian subcontinent, tribal communities of Jharkhand (India) have nurtured a rich mosaic of cultural heritage, ecological wisdom, and traditional healing practices over centuries. Drawing upon ethnographic studies, historical accounts, and scholarly researches, this paper explores the traditional medicinal practices highlighting the cultural, ecological, and socio - economic dimensions that shape healthcare practices in the region. At the core of traditional medicine in Jharkhand lies a deep reverence for nature and a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of all living beings. Tribal healers, revered figures within their communities, draw upon centuries - old traditions and ancestral wisdom to address a myriad of health concerns using medicinal plants, ritual healing practices, and spiritual ceremonies. These practices not only provide holistic approaches to health and well - being but also serve as a testament to the resilience and resourcefulness of tribal cultures in the face of adversity. The ecological richness of Jharkhand, characterized by its diverse flora and fauna, provides a fertile ground for the cultivation of traditional medicinal practices. Yet, despite the abundance of natural resources, tribal communities in Jharkhand face numerous challenges, including exploitation, displacement, and marginalization. The erosion of biodiversity, environmental degradation, and the loss of traditional knowledge pose significant threats to the continuity of traditional medicine in this region. In light of these challenges, this paper advocates for recognition and preservation of indigenous knowledge systems and traditional practices. By embracing a holistic approach to healthcare that integrates traditional and modern perspectives, policymakers can ensure that tribal communities have access to culturally sensitive and effective healthcare options. Collaborative efforts between traditional healers, healthcare practitioners, and policymakers are crucial for promoting inclusive development and preserving cultural heritage in Jharkhand and beyond for a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient future for all.

Keywords: Traditional Medicine, Tribal Communities, Indigenous Knowledge, Jharkhand, Cultural Heritage, Ethnobotany, Healthcare Practices, Ecological Wisdom

Edition: Volume 6 Issue 3, March 2017,

Pages: 2427 - 2431

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