An ethnobotanical study of traditional steam-bathing by the Batak people of North Sumatra, Indonesia

Silalahi, Marina and Nisyawati, . (2018) An ethnobotanical study of traditional steam-bathing by the Batak people of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Pacific Congervation Biology. ISSN 2204 4604

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Abstract

This study aimed to document (1) the Batak people’s knowledge of the use of medicinal plants for steambathing, (2) the preparation and operation of steam-bathing, and (3) the benefits of steam-bathing. To attain these objectives, data were collected by using ethnobotanical survey and interview methods. The survey was conducted in Kabanjahe and Berastagi traditional markets, in Kaban Tua village, and in Tanjung Julu village. The participants for the interview were nine medicinal plants traders, nine midwives, and 32 mothers. The basic principle of steam-bathing by the Batak people is based on thermotherapy and aromatherapy. A total of 59 species (belonging to 37 genera and to 25 families) have been documented as medicinal plants for their use as steam-bathing materials by the Batak people. The traders, midwives and mothers are all aware of the benefits of steam-bathing. Gaultheria leucocarpa Blume and Cinnamomum porrectum (Roxb.), the species that produce distinctive aromas and reduce pain, would be interesting to study for their phytochemical and pharmacological properties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: SCIENCE > Botany
Depositing User: Ms Sari Mentari Simanjuntak
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 09:20
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 04:07
URI: http://repository.uki.ac.id/id/eprint/454

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