To validate scientifically the traditional uses of medicinal plants for primary health care
To be the reference interdisciplinary program in the detection, validation and diffusion of the uses of medicinal plants that impact in public health
Increasingly, modern biomedicine despite its dazzling progress reveals its inability to meet the basic needs of the global population in health related issues.
The environmental damage , with the ensuing energy and social crisis as its background, have led health authorities in different countries to consider the opportunity to reassess traditional medicine and pharmacopoeia to incorporate their appropriate elements in the primary health care systems of the populations under their concern.
TRAMIL is and investigation project applied to the popular traditional medicine of Haiti, Dominican Republic and of other Caribbean countries. It was born out of a common effort from enda-caribbean, the Laboratory of the Natural Substances of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Port-au-Prince, the Federation of Rural Associations of Zambrana-Chacuey, Dominican Republic, and the clinic SOE of Thomonde, in the Central plain of Haiti. It aims to improve and rationalize the popular medical practices based on the use of medicinal plants.Read more
History of TRAMIL
It is in 1982, during the creation of the SNPG (Popular and natural knowledge of Guadeloupe) at Marie-Galante, but after IMEPLAM in Mexico and CEMAT in Guatemala (1975/76), against the backdrop of the premises of the environmental crisis discovery and the international calls for the preservation of the biodiversity, that TRAMIL was created. It just goes to show that great ideas come along, certainly because the need for such initiatives was obvious!Read more
NOTE ON METHODOLOGY OF THE TRAMIL SURVEYS
The originality of the TRAMIL analysis system does not rest only on the qualitative, but also on the quantitative approach to the current popular use of medicinal plants in the different countries of the Caribbean. The primary tool of the analysis is participative ethnopharmacological survey. Its starting point is not in the plants but in the health symptoms or problems, and in the perception of these symptoms by targeted groups.Read more