Thiruvananthapuram: A woman in Kerala, who has been practicing traditional medicine for the last 50 years, has developed expertise in treating all kinds of snake bites.
The Padmashree awardee, Lakshmikutty, is a 75-year-old tribal woman from Kallar forest area in Thiruvananthapuram district.
Kerala:Padmashree awardee Lakshmikutty is a 75-yr-old tribal woman from Kallar forest area in Thiruvananthapuram district.She has been practicing traditional medicine for the past 50 yrs&is known as 'poison healer'. She also received Kerala govt's Naattu Vaidya Ratna award in '95 pic.twitter.com/E0l5ZNGpCh
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She has also received Kerala government's Naattu Vaidya Ratna award in '95.
Known as 'poison healer', Lakshmikutty received the knowledge of traditional medicine from her mother who was a mid-wife.
"Nature offers all remedies. Knowledge of traditional medicine was passed on to me from my mother who was a mid-wife," Lakshmikutty said.
She added, "People come to me for treatment for snake poison. I treat all kinds of snake poison and many other diseases."
The 75-year-old, however, said that people are unable to bring patients in time because there is no road to her house. The road, which was approved in 1952, was supposed to have built long back.
"There is no road to my home even today, it was approved in 1952. People are not able to bring patients in time, providing medicine at the earliest is important in poison treatment," she said.
"My son lost his life as we could not take him to hospital on time as there was no road," she added.