The making of ‘local health traditions’ in India

Mishra, Arima and Nambiar, Devaki and Madhavan, Harilal (2018) The making of ‘local health traditions’ in India. Economic and Political Weekly, 53 (30). pp. 41-49. ISSN 2349-8846

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Abstract

The Indian government’s attention to the mainstreaming of traditional systems of medicine and the revitalisation of community-based local health traditions needs to be viewed as a part of its overall mandate of strengthening traditional systems of medicine. An analysis of existing policy documents and reviews reveals that LHTs have an eclectic policy history in India, marked by several decades of neglect by the state, with sporadic attention to the LHT practitioners as community health workers, to an upsurge of seemingly explicit, and yet somehow obtuse interest in revitalisation. Tracing the evolution (and dissolution) of these trajectories chronologically reveals that there is ambiguity and inconsistency around the rationales for the revitalisation of LHTs, potentially leading to fragmented medical pluralism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health, local health traditions,
Subjects: Technology > Medicine & health
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Development
Depositing User: Mr. Sachin Tirlapur
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2018 11:07
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2018 11:07
Related URLs:
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/448
Publisher URL: https://www.epw.in/journal/2018/30/special-article...

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