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An ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants in malay traditional midwifery as potential Malay garden design elements

Othman, Rashidi and Khiruddin, 'Ainmunira and Ramya, Razanah and Mohd Hatta, Farah Ayuni and Wan Sulaiman, Wan Syibrah Hanisah and Mohd Latiff, Nur Hanie (2022) An ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants in malay traditional midwifery as potential Malay garden design elements. Asian Journal of Environment, History and Heritage, 6 (2). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2590-4213 E-ISSN 2590-4310

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In Malaysia, people have traditionally engaged in pre and postnatal care. However, the traditional practice's accompanying information is rarely documented and is simply passed down the generations. Only a few individuals are aware of and believe in the efficacy of herbs for postpartum recovery. The study aimed to explore medicinal plant species utilized by the Malay traditional midwifery and further integrate them into Malay garden design elements. The qualitative approach used in this research was a semi-structured interview at Kampung Panji and Kampung Bandar in Kelantan. They were Malay midwives who had experience as traditional Malay traditional midwifery practitioners. This study indicated that the commonly preferred pre and postnatal care were swinging the tummy, traditional bath, point massage, body wrap and traditional massage and miscarriage treatment. Overall, 44 medicinal plants used by both midwives were categorized into several categories; trees, palm, shrubs, herbaceous, climber and macrophytes. The researcher developed three Malay design concepts from the information gathered: laman tiba, laman sisi and laman suri. These new ethnobotanical records were a valuable source for preserving traditional knowledge of plant species through their integration into the Malay landscape.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Landscape ethnobotany, traditional Malay midwifery, herbal, medicinal plant, Malay garden, Malay cultural heritage
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA2542.35 Environmental aspect of architecture
Q Science > QK Botany
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Landscape Architecture
International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART)
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Depositing User: Dr rashidi othman
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2022 15:04
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2022 15:10
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/102753

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