Kerbau Amuk: From Bush to Cash

Author

Mohd. Shahidan M.A., Noor Rasyila M.N., Hada Masayu I.D., Pin K.Y., Nor Azah M.A., Firmansyah J.S., Mohd Faizal K., Muhammad Shahrul M.N. & Zamree M.S. 
Herbal Technology Centre (HTC), Medicinal Plants Programme, Forest Biotechnology Division, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), 52109 Kepong, Selangor. 

Mariam R.
Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor.

Language

English

Title

Kerbau Amuk: From Bush to Cash

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)

Date

21st October - 22nd October 2008

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Kerbau Amuk or Schefflera musangensis is one of the herbal plants that can be easily be found along the seashores of the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. This plant is a bush and always left abandoned. However, some reports show that this plant has been used in Chinese Traditional Medicine promoting blood circulation and to alleviate pain. An anecdotal report from the Jakun tribe in Endau-Rompin Forest Reserve claimed that this plant had always been used as thirst quencher for hunters by chewing the leaves. Effort had been carried out in order to address the high potential of this plant for conversion into modern herbal products. Empirical approach had been conducted by using scientific methods in standardizing the processing methods and product development starting from collecting the raw materials, species authentication, processing of raw materials, drying, grinding, chemical screening analysis, bioactivity assessment and also the process of product development into Pharmaceutical Dosage Form (PDF). Quality control and assessment activity were also concurrently. Newly produced S. musangensis product could be promoted for commercialization.

Keywords

Schefflera musangensis; product development process; quality control; assessment

Session

Plenary: Session 3

Topic

Think Global, Act Local: A New Paradigm In Malaysian Herbal Industry (Prof. Emeritus Dr. Abdul Latif Ibrahim-UNISEL)