The medicines for children were traditionally dispensed by (a term that is a variation of Bibiamma as the Muslim women in this area are addressed). The Boobammas are based in Ravanaiahgaripalle five km away. A few families there practice this, and the skill is passed down the family. Even upto fifteen years ago, the Boobammas used to walk down all villages in a wide area with their bundle of medicines, and people used to buy the churnams and pills made with herbs and minerals.
Now there are a few practitioners here like Silaramma, Husainamma, Chand bi apart from Fatima sustaining the local systems of medicines based on herbs. They are living in poverty in small one roomed houses, neat and clean, with the invariable jasmine plant as outside every Muslim home. Purveyors of a rich knowlege system, which will bite the dust, as modernity tramples over gentler systems and gentler people.
Should the system of knowlege be saved if the purveryors of the knowlege cannot be saved. I wonder.