Traditional Malay medicine encompasses various kinds of ritual ceremonies intended to communicate with the world of spirits to determine whether the nature of an illness is physical or psychological. In such ceremonies, the aim is to summon and exorcise the spirits causing illness. A ritualist serves as a medium, and a small ensemble often provides the musical component.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mengkudu plant

Malays have used herbs and plant roots from the rainforest as traditional dietary supplements for generations.

Mengkudu (Morinda citrifolia) is a low tree that was cultivated for the peel of its roots which was used as a dye in the batik industry. Young tender leaves and the juice for the fruits were used as a medicine.

It is one of the most important traditional medicinal plants. The mengkudu leaves are believed for boosting vitality, and preventing ageing, cancer, diabetes and hypertension.

The tea of mixed fruit and leaves of mengkudu contain antioxidants is good for the skin and digestion. For worm infection, mengkudu leaves have been used traditionally. Besides as an anthelmintic, mengkudu has been used as a laxative.
Mengkudu plant
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