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Ethnobotanical survey

Ethnobotany is the part of ethnoecology course that studies the interactions of local people with plants and understanding the local knowledge on plants. The plants offer protection against diseases and have been used as drugs for centuries where it primarily consumed through traditional methods. It has been estimated that about 85% of traditional medicines used for primary health care globally are derived from plants.  Peoples from rural places still prefers to use traditional medicine even though conventional medicine existed. The World Health Organization estimated that 80% of the developing world population still uses traditional medicine.

The ancestors have a deep knowledge of herbal plants which enable them to create remedies from plants using a traditional method. The aborigines too mainly use herbal plants from the forest to treat their illness. Their knowledge and wisdom regarding the herbal plants have to be appreciated and tapped for the benefits of people worldwide.

Bambusa foundation drives ethnobotanical survey by engaging with aborigines to identify the forest plant species that will be used for traditional medicine. We will collect the herbarium specimen and preserve the plant parts that enable the scientific determination of its species. Example of forest herbaceous plants is Tongkat Ali, Kacip Fatimah, Buah Kulim, etc.

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