Miracle Fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum and other 99 Herbal Plants Protect the Health of Terengganu people in Malaysia

Kaki Bale , Swamy and A. Latif, Ahmad Zubaidi and Abd Hadi, Suwaibah and Noor, Mohd Ismail and Gumbali Krishna Murty , Swethadri Miracle Fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum and other 99 Herbal Plants Protect the Health of Terengganu people in Malaysia. In: International Conference of Advances in Medical Science 2013, 16-18 April 2012, Impiana Hotel, KLCC.

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Abstract

Introduction: The increase in trend of the incidence of diabetes mellitus and deviated glucose tolerance among the aborigines and Malays has inspired the researchers to find newer ways of treating the diabetes. Aim: The study aimed to evaluate the status of herbal medicine and to know how frequently, for what common diseases and what herbal plants are used among the Terengganu population in Malaysia by conducting a systematic analysis. Methods: The sample size was 1520 respondents (male and female) ages between 18 and 102 were selected by systematic random sampling from 5 directional areas covering both rural and urban areas in Terengganu, Malaysia. Results: In pregnant women, 54.2% preferred to use western medicine and 30% used traditional medicine. Other usage of traditional medicine were 43.9% for curative purpose, 31.6% preventive purpose, 9.2% sexual health, 6.8% cosmetic reason and 8.6% for other purposes. We identified 99 medicinally used plants in Terengganu and Synsepalum dulcificum (Miracle fruit; Pokok ajaib in Malay) has been extensively used by the people as an anti-diabetic herbal medicine. Conclusion: Results revealed that 68.8% of the people in Terengganu consumed herbal medicine while 31.2% used western medicine to improve their wellness, healthy lifestyle and to cure the diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, different types of cancers and others. The results coincide with the WHO statement that 70% of the world population prefer and depend upon herbal medicine as the treatment for their ailments.Swamy KB; Ahmad Zubaidi AL; 3. Suwaibah AH; 4.. Mohd Ismail N; Swethadri, *Srijit Das, **Mallikarjuna Rao Pichika

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QM Human anatomy
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RB Pathology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Puan Suwaibah Abd Hadi
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2014 04:27
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 06:58
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/408

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