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Madrid, Spain
September 05-07, 2024
ICTM 2024

K Anil Kumar

K Anil Kumar, Speaker at Ethnomedicine Conferences
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, India
Title : Traditional Knowledge of Flora and Ethno-medicine Practices among the Tribes of India


The world's indigenous and ethnic populations have developed the skills necessary to survive in some of the universe's most hostile environments. The most intriguing characteristic of these indigenous and ethnic groups has been discovered to be that they reside in regions that are extraordinarily rich in biodiversity. India is a vastly wealthy nation with a diverse population made up of many different ethnic groups. Of the 45,000 species of wild plants, 9,500 are significant from the perspective of ethnobotany. Of these, 7,500 species species are in medicinal use for indigenous health practices. The study of illness-related attitudes and behaviours in various ethnic communities is known as ethnomedicine. Each ethnic group is different from other tribal groups in its understanding of ethno-medical practices. A form of alternative medicine practiced by tribal communities, ethnomedicine relies on local plants and animals to treat a variety of illnesses. The fascinating study of the cultural aspects of illness and treatment in tribal communities has been taken on by many anthropologists. The paper discusses tribal traditional knowledge of flora and ethnomedical practices in this context. It starts with the tribal concept of health and moves on to discuss the causes of diseases and how they are treated using plants, herbs, and mantra therapy. The paper also focuses on the state of ethno-medical practices among Indian tribes today. 


Prof. K. Anil Kumar is a Head of the Department, Janapada Sampada Division at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. He has published a good number of research papers and articles in journals and edited books of repute. He is the author of three books. Prof. Kumar has participated in many National and International seminars and presented papers. He has been actively associated with major and minor research projects and surveys with EPTRI, NIN, FHI, IPPG, UGC, DFID and Jamsetji Tata Trust. He is the recipient of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Excellence Award of Eduction-2020 by Shikshak Kalyaan Foundation for his outstanding contribution in the field of education.