It is located in Bangalore, Karnataka.
ABOUT THIS INSTITUTE:
FRLHT is a registered Public Trust and Charitable Society, which started its activities in March 1993. The institutional agenda of the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) is derived from its vision: "enhancing the quality of medical relief and healthcare in rural and urban India and globally by creative application of our rich medical practices, action oriented research, education, training and Community services based on India's Traditional Health Sciences" and thus revitalize Indian medical heritage”.
GOAL OF THIS INSTITUTE:
(i) Demonstrating contemporary relevance of theory and practice of Indian Systems of Medicine [D]. (ii) Conserving natural resources used by Indian Systems of Medicine [C]. (iii) Revitalization of social processes (institutional, oral and commercial) for transmission of traditional knowledge of health care for its wider use and application [R]. All the current programs and projects of FRLHT can be covered under these three thrust areas.
The following paragraphs cover briefly the scope of activities being carried out as well as those envisaged, under the three thrust areas mentioned above.
In operational terms FRLHT has articulated specific programs and sub-programs under each of the thrust areas. For instance, under the first thrust area viz., “Demonstrating contemporary relevance of theory and practice of Indian systems of medicine”, FRLHT engages in major programs such as assessment and documentation of local health practices prevalent in different rural and urban communities. It also has a major program related to interpretation of traditional medical theories and practices with the use of scientific laboratory tools. Other programs under this thrust area include creation of traditional knowledge databases and development of methodologies for trans-disciplinary medical research.
In the second thrust area viz. “Conserving natural resources used by Indian Systems of Medicine”, FRLHT concentrates on research programs involving studies related to: medicinal plants in different forest types; threat assessment; saving species on the verge of extinction and sustainable harvest. Under this thrust area, FRLHT also undertakes other important programs related to efforts towards development of databases and establishment of a bio-cultural herbarium and raw-drug repository of the plants of India.,
The third thrust area deals with the “Revitalization of social processes” (institutional, oral and commercial) for transmission of traditional knowledge of health care and the main programs under this thrust area are; building decentralized associations of folk healers and self-help women groups, home herbal gardens and promoting community-owned enterprises. A major initiative under this thrust area for influencing institutional processes is the development of a research hospital, pharmacy and a post-graduate training institute and University affiliated PhD degree programs.
CHAIRMAN OF THIS INSTITUTE:
Sam Pitroda brings enormous professional weight and credibility to FRLHT as the Chairman of the Governing Council. His reputation as an internationally respected telecom inventor, management guru and entrepreneur has been built over the past 38 years in the telecom and IT industries the world over. His experience straddles corporate, technological, management and sociological worlds.
Mr. Pitroda is Currently Chairman of the Knowledge Commission, Government of India. He is the Founding Chairman of Telecom Commission, Government of India and also founder of several companies in the United States and Europe, including Wescom which was one of the first digital switching companies in the world.
Mr. Pitroda owns over 50 worldwide patents, including the digital diary which was used by companies such as Casio, Sharp and Texas Instruments etc. He is credited with having laid the foundation for and ushered in India's technology revolution in the 1980s as Technology Advisor to the Prime minister of India.
The laboratory at FRLHT is perhaps the most unique among the laboratories/institutes involved in natural product research. The uniqueness of the laboratory lies in the fact that all the activities are oriented towards Traditional Knowledge with a modern approach. It is a one-stop shop for all the requirement of people involved in the Herbal Sector. The laboratory has been established for demonstrating the contemporary relevance of traditional health practices, development of traditional knowledge based medicines and for standardization of medicinal plant and product quality. It has been recognized as a certifying body by the department of ISM & H, Govt. of India.
FRLHT’s ethno medicinal gardens at its campus is a Knowledge Park that provides a visual introduction to several hundred species of medicinal plants from various bio-geographic regions of the country. The long term vision of the herbal garden group is to promote the establishment of thousands of herbal gardens, in the diverse eco-systems in rural and urban areas. This short term objective of the group is to design and educational medicinal plant garden with accessions of all such medicinal plants that can be grown in the ecological environment of Jarakabande, Bangalore and to strive to be an excellent centre for education and training for the establishment of home, community and institutional herbal gardens. The visitors to the garden include students, doctors, folk healers, traders, housewives, researchers and so on. The current holdings of the garden cover 340 genra and 110 families.