Malay medicinal practices and prophetic foods for treating the four types of illnesses most commonly found in the bottom billion population of the world: A systematic review of Malay manuscripts found in Malaysia

Mohamad Nasir Mohamad Nasrin, Malki Ahmad Nasir, Muhammad Widus Sempo, Mualimin Mochammad Sahid, Azmi Mohd Razif, Tanty Shahrumi Abdul Rahman, Hilmi Lockman, Khairullah Anuar, Mohd Dzulkhairi Mohd Rani, Asmalita Syaiful, Muslimah Ithnin, Khairun Nain Bin Nor Aripin

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Introduction: Malay traditional medicine has been said to be cross-pollinated with Islamic traditional wisdom originating from the Middle East, including using ingredients mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) referred to as prophetic foods. A systematic review of Malay manuscripts was conducted to delineate traditional medicinal practices for four common illnesses found in the ‘bottom billion’ of the world’s population namely worm infestation, gastroenteritis, fatigue and anaemia. Methods: A search strategy was developed to scan established catalogues of Malay manuscripts. The physical manuscripts were then systematically handsearched for relevant treatments for the above illnesses. The relevant prescriptions were captured, transliterated and translated for analysis. Results: Traditional medicinal prescriptions were obtained from 80 Malay manuscripts and commonly used ingredients were nutmeg, black seed, garlic and others. Few treatments used prophetic food ingredients such as date palm and goat’s milk. Conclusion: Malay traditional medicines draw mainly on local wisdom and ingredients, with enrichment from Islamic medicinal practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2152-2155
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Science Letters
Volume22
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

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  • Bottom billion
  • Malay manuscripts
  • Prophetic food
  • Systematic review
  • Traditional medicine

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Malay medicinal practices and prophetic foods for treating the four types of illnesses most commonly found in the bottom billion population of the world : A systematic review of Malay manuscripts found in Malaysia. / Mohamad Nasrin, Mohamad Nasir; Nasir, Malki Ahmad; Sempo, Muhammad Widus; Sahid, Mualimin Mochammad; Razif, Azmi Mohd; Rahman, Tanty Shahrumi Abdul; Lockman, Hilmi; Anuar, Khairullah; Rani, Mohd Dzulkhairi Mohd; Syaiful, Asmalita; Ithnin, Muslimah; Aripin, Khairun Nain Bin Nor.

In: Advanced Science Letters, Vol. 22, No. 9, 01.09.2016, p. 2152-2155.

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Mohamad Nasrin, Mohamad Nasir ; Nasir, Malki Ahmad ; Sempo, Muhammad Widus ; Sahid, Mualimin Mochammad ; Razif, Azmi Mohd ; Rahman, Tanty Shahrumi Abdul ; Lockman, Hilmi ; Anuar, Khairullah ; Rani, Mohd Dzulkhairi Mohd ; Syaiful, Asmalita ; Ithnin, Muslimah ; Aripin, Khairun Nain Bin Nor. / Malay medicinal practices and prophetic foods for treating the four types of illnesses most commonly found in the bottom billion population of the world : A systematic review of Malay manuscripts found in Malaysia. In: Advanced Science Letters. 2016 ; Vol. 22, No. 9. pp. 2152-2155.
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