New Article on Traditional Healders and Medicinal Plants in Brunei

F. Merlin Franco, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, has recently co-authored an article on traditional healing practices and medicinal plants in the Kiudang area of Tutong District, Brunei Darussalam.

Entitled “A Comparative Account of the Traditional Healing Practices and Healders and Non-healers in the Kiudang Area of Brunei Darussalam,” this article has just been published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

To quote from the abstract, the article compares “the traditional medicinal knowledge and associated spiritual practices of healers with that of non-healers, to understand the relevance of healers in contemporary times. Given that Brunei Darussalam is well-known for its forest cover, the study also aims to understand the number of species collected from the forests, compared to those from human influenced habitats.”

To read the full abstract, please follow this link.

For more on Dr. Franco’s work, please visit his IAS staff page.

Kamsani, K., F. M. Franco, F. Slik. 2020. A comparative account of the traditional healing practices of healers and non-healers in the Kiudang area of Brunei Darussalam. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2020.112788

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