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.

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Murdannia Nudiflora in traditional medicine

The Malay community used to call Murdannia Nudiflora plant as Daun Embun Tengahari. It comes from family of Commelinaceae. Widely distributed in wet place, the plant is mainly found in low elevated areas as well as in the tropical and subtropical regions, with rarely can be seen among grass.

The genus was named and described Murdannia by Royle (1840), based on Aneilema scapiflorum Roxb. The genus was named after Murdan Ali, herbarium keeper at Saharanpur Botanic Garden, India who collected many of the plants described in Royle's work.

C. nudiflora is a universal plant for the treatment of venomous bites. This includes its used in the treatment of snake bites by various tribes. For snake bites the juice of the plant is given orally and it is advised that this is followed by local application of an antidote.

The plant is used in the treatment of asthma, leprosy and piles stomach complaints, giddiness, and astringent. Root paste with goat milk is prescribed orally to cure asthma. Whole plant paste with common salt is applied on the affected area to cure leprosy.
Murdannia Nudiflora in traditional medicine

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