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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Daun kaduk

Botanical name for daun kaduk is Piper sarmentosum Roxb. It is a climbing herb that can grow up to 10 m long with long runners that can develop into plantlets.

It grows wild in the dry, evergreen forest of Thailand and Vietnam and is cultivated in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Piper sarmentosum is a tropical plant with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

Malay believed that the leaves can be used for headaches and pains in the bones. The whole plant can be used to treat fever and aids digestion.

The fruit is used as an expectorant while the roots are used to treat toothache, fungal dermatitis in the feet, coughing, asthma, improve the digestive system and pleurisy. It leaves and stem used for kidney trouble.

The heart shaped leaves are eaten raw when it young or can be cooked.
Daun kaduk
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