Traditional Knowledge of Medicinal Plants used by Semelai Community in Bera, Pahang.


Intan Nurulhani B., Norshakila Y., Lim H.F. & Suryna A. Techno-economic and Research Management Division, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, 52109 Kepong, Selangor. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Traditional Knowledge of Medicinal Plants used by Semelai Community in Bera, Pahang.


Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)


21st October - 22nd October 2008)

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur


The use of medicinal plants is often associated with traditional knowledge (TK), socio-cultural, religious and economic practices of a community. Malaysia is signatory to the International Convention on Biodiversity (signed in 1994) and has developed National Policy on Biological Diversity (1998) committed to the conservation and development of TK for national and local interests. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (2006-2010), the Malaysian government through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) has made a special effort to set up a database on traditional knowledg. Under this special project implemented by FRIM, our main objective is to establish a centralized database on traditional knowledge of medicinal and aromatic plants used by the Orang Asli or indigenous people in Peninsular Malaysia. As a component of this project, a household survey was conducted in 2008, in RPS Iskandar, Bera, Pahang, to understand the use of medicinal plants of a Semelai community.Based on our survey, we have found 239 plants (by their local name) that are still used by the Asli Semelai at RPS Iskandar, Bera, Pahang, to treat various illnesses and diseases. It was noted that the younger generation had limited knowledge on medicinal plants compared to the elders.


Traditional Knowledge (TK); indigenous people(Orang Asli); Semilai; medicinal plants


Plenary: Session 1


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