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Grandmother of the jungle: This Kerala tribal woman can prepare 500 medicines from memory
by Haritha John

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8 March 2017

On 8 March 2017 The News Minute reported: She lives in a small hut with a palm leaves roof in a tribal settlement, deep in the forest of Kallar in Thiruvananthapuram district. Lakshmikutty, a 75-year-old tribal woman is a poet, poison healer, and teacher at Kerala Folklore Academy. All her knowledge on herbal treatment, she says, was passed on from her mother. 'I can prepare about 500 medicinal treatments from memory. Till now I have not forgotten them. But people come here for poison treatment mainly snake or insect bites,' she says. ...The Kerala Forest Department has decided to compile a book based on her expertise. Lakshmikutty also gives lectures on natural medicine at various institutions across the southern states. She has won numerous awards ... with the latest coming from the Indian Biodiversity Congress in 2016. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

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