Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

Subject Area

Anthropology

Description

This project examines the growing importance of medicinal plants in the Peruvian health care system. Peru is a world leader in the use of traditional medicine, which is a viable alternative to pharmaceuticals and also a more cost-effective treatment option. The research involved meetings with Peruvian health professionals and government officials to evaluate the possibilities of expanding the medicinal plant program that is just scratching the surface of its potential. Our recommendations for enhancing this program are: 1. Research: Formalize a collaborative research and publishing relationship with UNT (Universidad Nacional de Trujillo). 2. Education and Outreach: Cooperate with the Ministry of Culture’s Chan Chan site museum in developing a docent program for their demonstration garden. 3. Supply Chain: Develop a sustainable bio-agronomy medicinal plant garden run by the Comunidad Campesina Juan Velasco Alvarado to supply the Natural Pharmacy at EsSalud-CAMEC in Trujillo. 4. Curandero Interface: Build on a long-standing Trujillo tradition of collaboration between practitioners of modern medicine and traditional medicine in phyto-therapy, ethnobotany, pharmacy, psychology, and community outreach.

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May 16th, 4:30 PM May 16th, 6:00 PM

Traditional Medicine and Health Care in Peru

Jereld R. Nicholson Library

This project examines the growing importance of medicinal plants in the Peruvian health care system. Peru is a world leader in the use of traditional medicine, which is a viable alternative to pharmaceuticals and also a more cost-effective treatment option. The research involved meetings with Peruvian health professionals and government officials to evaluate the possibilities of expanding the medicinal plant program that is just scratching the surface of its potential. Our recommendations for enhancing this program are: 1. Research: Formalize a collaborative research and publishing relationship with UNT (Universidad Nacional de Trujillo). 2. Education and Outreach: Cooperate with the Ministry of Culture’s Chan Chan site museum in developing a docent program for their demonstration garden. 3. Supply Chain: Develop a sustainable bio-agronomy medicinal plant garden run by the Comunidad Campesina Juan Velasco Alvarado to supply the Natural Pharmacy at EsSalud-CAMEC in Trujillo. 4. Curandero Interface: Build on a long-standing Trujillo tradition of collaboration between practitioners of modern medicine and traditional medicine in phyto-therapy, ethnobotany, pharmacy, psychology, and community outreach.

 

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