There are three courses in which plants have been discovered valuable in prescription:
Historically, the medicinal value of plants was tested by experimentation. Modern ways of determining medicinal properties of plants involve collaborative effort that can incorporate ethnobotanists, anthropologists, pharmaceutical scientific experts, and doctors. Numerous cutting edge medicines have derivatives in medicinal plants. Examples like Acmella oleracea (Subang nenek) – a remedy for toothache and gum infection – and Asclepias curassavica (Bunga Emas) have compounds that act in a similar manner to digitalis and ouabain (used in the prevention of heart attacks).
With this in mind Nature’s Medicine: A collection of Medicinal Plants from Malaysia’s Rainforest was created. This e-book was successfully launched on 3 November 2015 in conjunction with the 11th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF). It is an electronic book compiling medicinal plants, with a highlight on weeds in our first volume. It features detailed health benefits of medicinal herbs and plants for public use.
One of the objectives of this e-book is to increase public awareness about these easily accessible herbs which surprisingly can be found in many home gardens.
It also showcases herbs that have been used in Malaysia to maintain one’s health and to prevent, alleviate or cure diseases. This includes uses for treating anxiety, depression, healing, aches and many more.
This beneficial 374-page electronic book is also intended to serve as a reference and starting point for herbal enthusiasts as well as ignite interest amongst students, medicinal practitioners and researchers to study medicinal plants in greater detail. Plants are picturesquely exhibited to help readers distinguish them at a glance. Their therapeutic properties and customary uses are likewise highlighted.
is a renowned figure in Langkawi. A doctor to a traditional healer for more than 30 years, he has set aside his practice to focus on the study of Traditional Malay Medicine and Islamic Medicine.
Dr Abdul Ghani Hussain has been actively collecting medicinal plants since the year 2000. His collection today amounts to more than 500 different species and it is growing steadily.
He also collects books written as far back as a few thousand years in his search for knowledge, which he hopes will be of use in the future to help ease ailing visitors to his house. His first joy was when he found the full text in image form of the famed Qanun fil Tibb of Ibn Sina, a copy printed in Rome dating back to 1593.
is the Principal Research Fellow of the Institute of Systems Biology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Her research on cryopreservation and conservation of tropical recalcitrant fruit species led to the development of techniques for the long term conservation and micro propagation of these economically (and traditionally) important species.
Her latest research on cryopreservation and genetic resources preservation has expended in genetic diversity, developmental biology, molecular biology and metabolomics.
is a Plant Anatomist and previously worked at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST).
She is the co-author of the guidebook “Taman Herba FST” on medicinal plants together with Dr Abdul Ghani Hussain. She also has written five volumes on the Anatomical Atlas of Malaysian Medicinal Plants.
We are currently producing the hard copy edition of ‘Nature’s Medicine: A collection of Medicinal Plants from Malaysia’s Rainforest vol 1(a) Weeds’.
For those interested in our second edition of Volume 1(b) Weeds, we welcome your interest and encourage you to contact us to find out more.