Ethnomedicinal knowledge of Temiar ethnic tribe of Lojing Highlands, Kelantan: a source for nutritional and antioxidant potential

Pasupuleti Visweswara Rao, and Lee, Lih Huey and Shamsul Mohamed, and Ikarastika Rahayu Abdul Wahab, and Soon, Jan Mei (2016) Ethnomedicinal knowledge of Temiar ethnic tribe of Lojing Highlands, Kelantan: a source for nutritional and antioxidant potential. In: Proceedings of the 5th World Conference on Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 2-4 June 2016, Vietnam.

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Abstract

Traditional medicinal plants have been consumed and practised by the Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia for centuries. Temiar is one of the sub-ethnics under the Orang Asli (Senoi) tribe. The Temiar ethic tribe utilises indigenous plants for treatment of illnesses and general healthcare. Since the indigenous people transmit knowledge orally; their knowledge is comparatively more vulnerable to extinction. Besides, deforestation and conversion of forest land into farms also contributed to loss of habitat of traditional medicine and food plants. Hence. the objectives of this study are to establish a profile of ethnomedicinal knowledge of indigneous plants utilised by the Temiar tribe in Loiing Highlands. Field study was carried out to document the various plants used to treat diseases and their methods of preparation. Antioxidant activity has been carried out by free radical scavenging (DPPH) assay with 95% ethanolic extracts of Ageratum conyzoides (A. conyzoides) and Phyllanthus niru/‘I (P. niruri). The inhibition concentrations at lC50 for both plant extracts were found to be 29.79 mg/mL and 34.37 mg/mL, respectively. The results were compared to the butylated hydroxytoluence (BHT). The present study successfully documented the indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants usage and identified potentially high value medicinal plants species that can be used for the economic development of thenation. Additionally. the identification of potentially nutritional medicinal plants and vegetables will contribute to a more diversified diet and food security of the Temiar tribe.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty: Faculty of Agro - Based Industry
Deposited By: En. Wahyudi Yusra Zulfin
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2016 11:29
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2016 11:29
URI: http://umkeprints.umk.edu.my/id/eprint/6384

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