This post is from the series of Chemical for Consumers for SPM Form 5 Chemistry by Berry Berry Easy. Part 11 of the notes provide Form 5 students on traditional medicine about characteristics and its uses.
Folk medicine or traditional medicine comprises knowledge that developed over generations. This practice known as traditional medicine such as herbal, Islamic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and etc.. Traditional medicines has become widely used and recognised after many researches have been carried out by universities and companies. It is also known as complimentary or alternative medicines.
SPM Chemistry Form 5 Notes – Chemicals for Consumers (Part 11)
A. Traditional medicine
Source: living thing – animals, plants & minerals
|Garlic||To treat colds and asthma, lowers the blood pressure, antibiotics||Eaten raw or cooked|
|Cocaine||Anaesthetic||Drug is processed from the leave|
|Ginseng||Strengthen the body||Boiled with water to produce juice|
|Quinine||Treat malaria||Produced from the bark|
|Ginger||Treat stomach ache, treat diarrhea, prevent flu||Boiled with water to produce juice|
|Peppermint||Increase the body metabolism, treat nausea, indigestion and flu, to treat headaches, muscles and nerve pain||Boiled with water to produce juice or taken in capsule|
|Eurycoma longifolia (Tongkat Ali)||Treat wounds, relieve headaches, to lower the body temperature, increase male virility||Dried and boiled with water to produce juice, served as a hot drink / beverage or made into tablets / capsules|
|Tamarind (Asam Jawa)||Reduce malaria fever, reduce cough, medicine for gastric problem||Dried and served as a cold drink|
|Lemon grass (Serai)||Mosquito repellent, treat cough, headaches and stomach aches||Made into juice|
|Centella asiatica (Daun pegaga)||Help maintain youthfulness, relieve hypertension, aid wound healing||Eaten raw or made into juice|
|Green tea||Prevent breast, stomach and skin cancers, improve mental alertness, lower the cholesterol levels||Drink as beverage|
|Aloe vera (Lidah buaya)||Heal wounds and skin disease, laxative, treat diabetes, osteoarthritis and sunburn||Eaten cooked or leaves produce juice and rub on body|
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