Article 5: Plants in Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Article 5 is all about plants in Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM). It provides a general overview on issues dealing with plants that being applied and used in Traditional and Complementary Medicine particularly by various Malaysian ethnic groups covering Peninsular and both Sabah and Sarawak. Plants being used as medicine or world widely known as herbs had been adopted by our ancestors since the beginning of time as a medium to heal ailments. In this article, readers can explore how multiethnic groups in Malaysia embraced plants or herbal plants as their complementary medicine apart from conventional or modern medicine. This article elucidates the vital but often neglected herbal plants that old folks used to apply as cure in the good old days. This comprehensive article is presented with nice and pleasant photographs that will assist readers to better understand and catch a glimpse of the selected plants that are used as part of Traditional and Complementary Medicine.

Some of the aspects featured in this article are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Plants
  2. Plants in Traditional and Complementary Medicine
  3. Groups of Plants or Herbs used by Major Ethnic Groups in Malaysia
  4. Usage of Plants to Cure Certain Ailments by Local People
  5. Local Production of Plants in Traditional in Traditional and Complementary Medicine
  6. Challenges of Medicinal Plants
  7. Conservation of Medicinal Plants

 

Keywords:

Plants, herbs, herbal plants, Traditional and Complementary Medicine, ethnic groups, pawang, bomoh, local herbs, pre-natal and post-natal, beautification, rejuvenating, refreshing, cure, indigenous people, conservation, challenges.