|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 240-242
Traditional Health Healers Meet 2020 state-level conference and workshop
Bhushan Deoraoji Mhaiskar
Department of Samhita and Siddhant, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||27-Jul-2020|
|Date of Decision||17-Sep-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||22-Sep-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||11-Nov-2020|
Dr. Bhushan Deoraoji Mhaiskar
Department of Samhita and Siddhant, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Salod (Hirapur) 442001, Maharashtra.
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Mhaiskar BD. Traditional Health Healers Meet 2020 state-level conference and workshop. J Indian Sys Medicine 2020;8:240-2
Department of Samhita Siddhanta of Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital & Research Centre organized the event of traditional meet on 29th and 30th Jan 2020.
The objective of the conference was to bring a prospective approach through the primary understanding of traditional medicines followed by traditional healers across the various regions of Maharashtra state. The Collaboration of Traditional healers in a today’s era of research and to understand their knowledge in interdisciplinary connections is vital in todays era of evidenced based medicine.
The other objective was to gather the scientific understanding of the basic concepts of herbal drugs and rare species of plants that forms the framework of this rural and tribal health.
The conference started with warm welcome of traditional health healers with their medical checkup for health status in the hospital, then the blessings of holy Gods were made by Dhanvantari Stavan. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Shyam Bhutada, Organizing Chairman and Dean, who briefly explained about the objectives of the national conference and addressed to young future doctors for becoming an Ayurved expert. Dr. Priti Desai, Dean Academics, stated how this workshop and meet is beneficial for institute and students. Dr. Bharat Rathi, PG Incharge, presented his views regarding the practical difficulties facing in formulations and organizing such meet and workshops may help traditional healers for best practices. Dr. Gaurav Sawarkar, Dean (UG), Head of Department Dr. Shyam Bhutada, Dr. Bhushan Mhaiskar as Organizing Secretary, Dr. Saroj Tirpude, Dr. Rushikesh Thakare as joint Organizing Secretary were dignitaries who were present for the inauguration function. The program proceeded with an introductory and welcome speech by the organizing chairman who briefly explained the importance of national conference and ideas of research in Ayurveda, and delivered his enthusiastic speech and the program concluded by vote of thanks given by Dr. Saroj Tirpude.
The first guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Meena Deogade, Professor, Department of Dravyaguna, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Salod (Hirapur), India on “Ayurveda Herbs in Vidarbha region and its utility in general health”, wherein she shared her experiences in the identification of those plants.
The second guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Pramod Khobragade, Professor, Department of Dravyaguna, Datta Meghe Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wanadongari, Wardha, India on “The Need of Conservation, identification and cultivation of herbs and plants used by traditional Health healers.” He shared some techniques of plant conservation and identification of medicinal plants, and management of water resources. He also mentioned the cultivation techniques of Ayurveda plants. The third guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Premkumar Badwaik, Associate Professor, Department of Swasthavritta, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India on “Adulterations in herbal remedies and Ayurved medicine.”. He shared some thoughts about adulterations in herbal remedies and about what they generally use in the market. He also presented some examples of herbal adulterations.
The fourth guest lecture was delivered by Sanjay Ingale Tigaonkar, Head, Personal relations, Datte Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences on “Misunderstanding and myths about Traditional health healers”. He said where doctors are unable to reach, traditional healers can provide health service to community.
The fifth guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Shyam Bhutada, Professor, Department of Samhita and Siddhant, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India on “Laws and policies regarding traditional health healers practice.” He mentioned some laws and policies by Maharashtra govt. and explained about limits and coverage where the traditional healers can stop and start the service. He also gave new directions of the legality of their registrations and training should be done recurrently.
The sixth guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Bharat Rathi, Professor, Department of Rasshashtra and Bhashajya kalpana, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India on “Manufacturing and development of herbal medicines.” He given a lecture on best manufacturing practices implemented in rashahala. He also gave details about formulations of Ayurveda medicines, development of new drug, and formulations.
The seventh guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Bhushan Mhaiskar, Assistant Professor, Department of Samhita and Siddhant, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India on “Lifestyle of traditional health healers among world and their practices.”. He posted some slides visually to understand how ancient people used a health practice. He also explained how ancient people suffered from various diseases that were fatal.
The eighth guest lecture was delivered by Dr. Rushikesh Thakre, Assistant Professor, Department of Samhita and Siddhant, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India on “Common folklore medicines and practices by Traditional health healers”.
The delegates highly appreciated all the scheduled guest lecture sessions’ deliberation and were motivated to work more detail in the above fields.
At the evening, there was fruitful discussion and interaction with all traditional health healers. All undergraduate students interacted with healers personally for knowing the line of therapy and approach to herbal drugs. Students noted all important formulation that were being practiced and new unknown herbal drugs and therapies. In addition, they had given demo and showcase of their plants [Figure 1].
|Figure 1: Students interacting with traditional health healers and taking details of folklore plants|
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In the schedule of the second day, all traditional health healers were awake at the morning at 6.00 AM. Then they performed Yoga and Pranayam. All traditional health healers contributed to Peace March and Samata rally on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi death anniversary. All faculties of Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital and Research Centre participated in a rally during this time. They made a slogan and sung a song of social awareness, and finally, they reached to Bapu Kuti, Sewagram Ashram, Sewagram. The conference and workshop was attended by 45 traditional health healers, of which 41 participants were from Maharasthra state, 2 were from Andra Pradesh state border, and 2 were from Karnataka state. The program was attended by 127 delegates [Figure 2]. Among them, 10 participants were faculties and 43 were postgraduate students; sixty-four undergraduate students also attended the seminar.
Honorable Dr. Abhuday Meghe OSD, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences felicitated all traditional health healers and also noted all queries regarding future.
All delegates expressed that the conference was very fruitful in updating their knowledge. Pretest and posttest were conducted before and after the program, respectively. The average learning gain from the conference was 71%.
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