India will document, validate and popularise folk medicine practices of tribals across the country and even start institutes for their study to save these traditions from extinction. There are over 130 tribal groups in India, many from north eastern states.
As per official of the health ministry of GOI it has been decided to establish a North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine at Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. The state government has already given over 40 acres of land for the purpose and the institute will come up at a cost of nearly 330 million. The institute will dedicate itself to the cause. Research and scientific validations will also be done there. The institute may soon have branches in states like Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh among others.