Monday, February 22, 2016

Ethnomedical Knowledge of Plants Used for the Treatment of Tuberculosis in Johor, Malaysia

This study documented ethnomedical knowledge of plants used for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and its related symptoms as practiced by the Jakun community of Kampung Peta, situated in Endau Rompin Johor National Park, Johor, Malaysia. 

Eight key informants were selected by snowball sampling technique and data about medicinal plants were collected by semistructured interviews, participatory observations, and focus group. Qualitative analysis was undertaken using thematic analysis. 

There were 23 species of plants (22 genera, 20 families) documented and herbarium specimens were deposited at the UTHM Herbarium.Dipterocarpus sublamellatus was recorded for the first time with ethnomedical uses while other species were previously reported. The qualitative approach employed in this study demonstrates the emic perspective in terms of perceptions on traditional herbal medicine, transfer of knowledge, significant taboos related with medicinal plants, and their conservation efforts. Local and biomedical terminology in treatment of TB showed substantial correspondence. 

The outcomes obtained in the study are worth being further investigated for conservation strategies and are worthy of verifying their ethnomedical claims scientifically.

Below:  Location of Endau Rompin Johor National Park and Kampung Peta

Symptoms of TB given by informants and their equivalent biomedical terms.
Ailment categoriesBiomedical termsLocal terms
Respiratory diseases and feverCoughSe'eh, batuk, gatal-gatal tekak, sakit lidah
Cough with sputumBatuk berkahak
Ordinary feverDemam, panas dalam
High feverDemam panas
Chest painSakit dada
Night feverDemam malam

ArthritisRheumatismSakit dalam badan
Joint painSakit lutut, sakit sendi

Ear, nose, throat bleedingsNoseHidung dan tekak berdarah
Sore throatSakit leher
Cough with bloodBatuk berdarah

OthersFatigueLemah badan
Loss of appetiteKurang/Tiada selera makan

Full article at:

Centre of Research for Sustainable Uses of Natural Resources (CoR-SUNR), Faculty of Science, Technology & Human Development, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), 86400 Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia
*Siti Fatimah Sabran: Email: ym.ude.mhtu@bshamitaf
Academic Editor: Rahmatullah Qureshi

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