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Given their deep knowledge of the forests, the Irulas rely heavily on medicines sourced from forests to treat every ailment. Thulasi from Dargas village is a self-taught healer who grows and administers traditional herbal medicines. He is sought after by people from nearby villages for his medicines. He grows rare plants that can cure hunger and build an appetite, plants that can mend bones, if prepared in the right way; treat insect and snake bites. The Irulas hardly ever visit a doctor.
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A day in the life of Irulas, Portraits from South
Given their deep knowledge of the forests, the Irulas rely heavily on medicines sourced from forests to treat every ailment. Thulasi from Dargas village is a self-taught healer who grows and administers traditional herbal medicines. He is sought after by people from nearby villages for his medicines. He grows rare plants that can cure hunger and build an appetite, plants that can mend bones, if prepared in the right way; treat insect and snake bites. The Irulas hardly ever visit a doctor.