Ethnomedical Survey of Traditional Medicinal Preparation Used in Damansara Damai Region, West Malays


Jayaraj p., Lim W.H., Anbu jeba S.J., Yusof H. & Varatharajan R.  School of Pharmacy, Masterskill College of Nursing and Health, Batu 9, 43200 Cheras, Selangor.  Tel: 016-9973668 Fax: 03-90801995 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Ethnomedical Survey of Traditional Medicinal Preparation Used in Damansara Damai Region, West Malaysia


Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)


21st October - 22nd October 2008

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur


An ethnomedical survey was carried out to gather information on the usage of medicinal plants in the region of Damansara Damai, Petaling Jaya, West Malaysia, in order to evaluate the potential of local plants in treating different diseases and illnesses. A total of 112 informants ranging from 35 to 60 years old were interviewed using an earlier prepared questionnaire. The majority of remedies used were prepared from single species of plant materials usually freshly collected from the wild or gardens. Some applications were prepared with a mixture of plants or ingredients such as honey and wine. They were mainly taken orally. Decoction of the plants was the main form of preparation (57.8%).  Whole plant was most frequently used (44.6%), followed by the different parts of the plants. The most used plant part was leaf (26.5%). The survey showed that majority of the population in this area was still dependent on medicinal plants. As the first ethnomedical study in this study in this area, the results from this work were expected to open up more studies to scientifically evaluate the biological and toxicological action of the plants.


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