Medicinal Plants Knowledge and Traditional Healing Practices of Mentawai Indigenous People in Indonesia: An Ethnomedicine Approach

Authors

  • Suharmiati Suharmiati
  • Zulfa Auliyati Agustina
  • Diyan Effendi

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15951

Keywords:

Medicinal plant, indigenous, ethnomedicine, pharmaceutical, traditional healer

Abstract

Background: Medicinal plants have an important role in traditional medicine. Mentawai ethnic in Mentawai
islands is one of the indigenous tribes in Indonesia that have strong traditional practices. However, little
information is known about the medicinal plants that they use. This study aims to analyze medicinal
ingredients used by Mentawai people seen from ethnomedicine and modern pharmacology perspectives.
Methods: Data was collected through observations and interviews with key informants in Madobag village,
Mentawai Regency, Indonesia. Results: Most of the medicinal plants according to the informant (Sikerei)
were used for treating swelling, new wounds, and lymphatic diseases. Based on modern pharmacology
literature, some of the plants used by the Mentawai people have the properties of antimicrobial, antiinflammation, and antioxidants. Conclusion: Traditional healer in Mentawai islands has knowledge of
medicinal plants even though some of them do not correspond to the modern pharmaceutical science.

Author Biographies

Suharmiati Suharmiati

Researcher, National Institute of Health Research and Development, Ministry of Health of Indonesia, Jl.
Percetakan Negara No. 29 Jakarta, Indonesia,

Zulfa Auliyati Agustina

Researcher, Functional Unit of Health Technology Innovation,
Ministry of Health of Indonesia, Jl. Indrapura No. 17 Surabaya, Indonesia

Diyan Effendi


Researcher, National Institute of Health Research and Development, Ministry of Health of Indonesia, Jl.
Percetakan Negara No. 29 Jakarta, Indonesia, 

Published

2021-05-17

How to Cite

Suharmiati Suharmiati, Zulfa Auliyati Agustina, & Diyan Effendi. (2021). Medicinal Plants Knowledge and Traditional Healing Practices of Mentawai Indigenous People in Indonesia: An Ethnomedicine Approach. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(3), 4191-4199. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i3.15951

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