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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 18, No. 4, 2011, pp. 1-4
Bioline Code: mj11047
Full paper language: English
Document type: Editorial
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2011, pp. 1-4

 en Interesting Asian Plants: Their Compounds and Effects on Electrophysiology and Behaviour
Abdullah, Jafri Malin


There have been numerous non-scientific reports on the behavioural effects of Asian plants in humans who consumed these plants wholly or part thereof. Knowledge passed from generation to generation informs us of plants that increase effort and stamina, such as during paddy planting after the ingestion of Mitragyna speciosa check for this species in other resources Korth (ketum) as a tea supplement. Centella asiatica check for this species in other resources and Myristica fragrans check for this species in other resources are used as herbs to improve memory and to treat epilepsy, respectively. Zizyphus mauritiana check for this species in other resources is used to treat headache and burn pain, acts as an antitussive, and reduces rigor mortis immediately after death. These plants, which have been identified to exhibit analgaesic, musclerelaxing, and nootropic effects, may contain important bio-compounds for medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical research in Malaysia. The electrophysiology properties of these plants and their effects on epilepsy, behaviour, and pain will lead Malaysia to future new drug discoveries.

behaviour, electrophysiology, GABA, long-term potentiation, medicinal chemistry, neurosciences, plants

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