AYUSH Ayurved Intervention

In 2015, Bhasha was invited by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, to do a pilot project on Ayurved intervention in the Chhotaudepur district. In this three year project, Bhasha aims to propagate Ayurveda along with the Adivasis’ traditional plant based medicinal practices as a strategy for health care management.

Under the project, the Adivasi Academy has established an Ayurved centre at its campus.

For Bhasha Centre, Ayush and Prakriti are not parallel systems; the endeavour is that the two approaches complement each other. The doctors decide whether the patient’s complaint would be more amenable to allopathic or ayurvedic; the patients’ too have the choice to decide which system of medicine they wish to opt for.

The Ayurved Clinic has a full-time OPD. It is headed by Vaidya Bharati Joshi, an ayurveda expert having thirty years of experience in research and practice of Ayurveda.

Under the project, Bhasha has conducted several workshops with traditional healers and collaborated with Tata Steel for Samvad on the theme of traditional medicinal practices. These practices are now being documented as part of a full-length publication.

Under the programme, the Adivasi Academy has set up a herbal garden on its campus. Each herb and tree are labeled here. The garden is a demonstration plot for visitors to acquaint themselves with the richness of ayurveda and the medicinal significance of local plants and trees.

Awareness material on ayurveda in Gujarati and Rathwi languages is prepared and disseminated promote use of local medicines. An ayurved laboratory has been started to prepare local formulations which have proved to be successful in treatment, with community participation.