The folk healers' local knowledge transfer before Angkor at the Upper Mun River Catchment: a case study of Phol Songkram Community, None Soung District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand

Khongthon, Netchanok, and Chang, Nigel (2016) The folk healers' local knowledge transfer before Angkor at the Upper Mun River Catchment: a case study of Phol Songkram Community, None Soung District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand. SNRU Journal of Science and Technology, 1 (1). pp. 60-66.

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Abstract

The research concerns the study of folk healers' knowledge transferred in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand. The study area covered 207 rais of community forest (15 villages). The research gathered a qualitative data by surveying the forest and interviewing the folk healers. Secondary data was gathered from documents, journals, websites as well as the government and private organizations. A focus group was conducted with the folk healers. The final stage of the research was managing the knowledge by transferring it to the community. The purpose was to create the health stability and to sustain the health reliance.

We found that local folk healers used local knowledge transferred from their ancestors and 'herb savants'. Plants in the community forest could be used for primary medical care. It was found that there were 13 medical plant categories. The folk healers also transferred their knowledge of 9 categories of plants, among the 13, that are commonly eaten but also have medicinal uses. The communication policy for transferring the folk healers' knowledge should be formulated to strengthen the sustainable health in the community with the collaboration of the schools, the communities and the temples.

Item ID: 44422
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1906-5965
Keywords: folk healers, local knowledge, medical plant, knowledge transfer
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 02:38
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169903 Studies of Asian Society @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage @ 100%
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