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Revitalization of primary health care practices

The herb based healthcare system in Kerala has got wide popularity and there is growing demand

for primary healthcare products. But on the other hand there is scarcity for raw materials required

for production as well. Hence a program aiming at promoting primary health care traditions

through conservation and sustainable use of a set of common medicinal plants has been designed

and being implanted by MSSRF. The programme also give emphasis on raising the economic

status of women belonging to marginalized sections and thereby improving their livelihoods by

undertaking preparation, consumption and sale of herbal formulations of nutritive and cosmetic

value. Expenses on medical care of family are observed to be reduced by adopting primary

healthcare practices, which in turn results in indirect savings.

As an up-scaling step of this program, a GMP complied herbal production unit is also being

established in Wayanad district. A group titled as Navachaithanya herbal initiative with 10

women members of Pozhuthana Panchayath, Wayanad is responsible for running the herbal unit.

The products identified for the herbal unit are herbal tooth powder, herbal shampoo in powder

form and other semi processed drugs etc.

The primary healthcare products we promote are…

Item Ingredients Uses

Kattarvazha lehyam

( Kumari Lehyam)


Aloe vera, Allium sativum, Jaggery, Honey, Ghee Useful for the treatment of White

discharges and menstrual



Medicine for

cracked feet


Turmeric powder, Castor oil, Ghee Useful for the treatment of cracks


on feet


Nellikka lehyam

(Amla lehyam)


Phyllanthus emblica (Amla/ Indian gooseberry) ,Piper nigrum

(Pepper), Elettaria cardamomum (Cardomom) ,Cinnamomum

verum (Cinnomon), Ghee, Honey, Jaggery


Useful for enhancing Lactation

and good health


Neelibhringathi oil

(Hair oil)


Phyllanthus emblica (Amla/ Indian gooseberry) ,Eclipta prostrata

(Bhringraj/ False daisy) ,Cardiospermum halicacabum

(Valliuzhinja/ Heart seed ) ,Indigofera tinctoria (Indigofera)

,Cocunut oil, milk (Cow, goat and Buffalo), Coconut milk


Useful for Enhancing hair growth

and dandruff


Sathavari lehyam Asparagus racemosus (Asparagus) , Elettaria cardamomum Maton

(Cardomom) ,Zingiber officinale (Ginger) ,Curculigo orchioides

(Nilappana) ,Cyclea peltata (Padakizhangu)

Tribulus terrestris (Nerinjil),Hemidesmus indicus (Nannari/ Indian

sarsaparilla),Ichnocarpus frutescens (Palvalli/ Black creeper)

Spermacoce articularis (Tharthavel/ Shaggy buttonweed

),Phyllanthus amarus (Keezharnelli/ Phyllanthus),Ipomoea

mauritiana (Palmuthukku/ Giant potato),Piper longum (Pippali/

Indian long pepper)

Glycyrrhiza glabra(iratti madhuram/ Liquorice) ,Maranta

arundinacea (Koova/ Arrowroot) ,Jaggery, Ghee, Kanmadam

(Shilajith), Sugar


Useful for the treatment of White

discharges, menstrual disorders

and enhancing the semen count


Dantha dhavana


(Tooth Powder)


Mangifera indica (Mango) leaf,Centella asiatica Urban (Kudangal/

Indian penny-wort),Citrus pennivesiculata Tanaka (Karinaranga)

,Piper nigrum (Pepper), Kala Namak (Indupp), rice husk


Useful for dental healthAdalodaka Lehyam Justicia beddomei (Clarke) Bennetn (Adalodakam),Piper longum


(Pippali/ Indian long pepper),Honey,Jaggery


Useful for the treatment of cough

and Bronchitis


Oil for the

treatment of tooth



Syzygium aromaticum Merr. & Perry (Clove),Acorus calamus

(Sweet flag), Allium sativum (Garlic)


Useful for the treatment tooth


Oragulika Centella asiatica Urban (Indian penny-wort ),Bacopa monnieri

Pennell (Brahmi/ Bacopa ),Eclipta prostrata (Bhringraj/ False

daisy) ,Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng. (Panikoorka

/Country borage ),Vernonia cinerea Less. (Puvankurunal/ Purple

fleabane),Trachyspermum ammi Sprague (Ayamodakam/ bishop’s

weed),Myristica fragrans Houtt. (Jathi/ Nutmeg),Piper longum

(Pippali/ Indian long pepper),Picrorhiza kurroa (Kaduku

rohini),Curcuma longa (Manjal/ Turmeric) ,Allium sativum

(Garlic), Piper nigrum (Pepper), Mayak, Kala Namak (Indupp)



Useful for the treatment of Fever,

ulcer, diarrhea and Digestive Disorders

Pain Balm White Dammer, Honey Wax,lemongrass oil,Eucalyptus




Useful for the treatment of Head

ache, joint pain and Muscle pain


Oil for body Pain Vernonia cinerea (Puvankurunal/ Purple fleabane),Allium sativum


(Garlic), Cocunut oil, Camphor


Useful for the treatment of joint

pain, Muscle pain and arthritis


Murivenna Pongamia pinnata Pierre ,Piper betle (Betel leaf),Moringa

pterygosperma (Drum stick),Erythrina stricta Roxb.

(Erythrina),Spermacoce articularis (Tharthavel/ Shaggy

buttonweed ),Aloe vera ,Allium cepa ,Asparagus racemosus

(Asparagus) ,Cocunut oil


Useful for the treatment of body

pain, skin diseases, wounds and


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