'A revolutionary movement to bring traditional medicine back to the grassroots level'

  • Ayo Juhani Wahlberg (Foredragsholder)

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    Although it is China's longstanding medical traditions and practices that have received most scholarly attention in the East Asian region over the past fifty years or so, Vietnam has experienced a similar traditional medicine "revival" that can be traced back to late President Ho Chi Minh's 1955 appeal "to study means of uniting the effects of oriental remedies with those of Europe". In this paper, I argue that whilst the Vietnamese case bears many parallels to a number of other 'developing countries' in this respect, Vietnam's ancient history of medicine, prolonged postcolonial isolation and far-reaching health delivery network have allowed for a unique public health strategy that encourages rural populations to become self-sufficient in the traditional herbal treatment of their most common illnesses. Importantly, I show how the development of this strategy has relied on an ongoing bio-politicisation of traditional herbal medicine as an object of expert bodies of knowledge (e.g. botanical, pharmacological, anthropological, phytochemical) that make authoritative, albeit often contested, claims as to what constitutes the "proper", "safe" and "effective" practice and use of these medicines.
    Periode11 jan. 2006
    Begivenhedstitel1st International Conference on the History of Medicine in South-East Asia
    PlaceringSiem Reap, CambodjaVis på kort