By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- In the northern part of the Malaysian peninsula, the leaves of the ketum plant (Mitragyna speciosa) is traditionally boiled and drunk to treat ailments like fever, joint paints and diarrhoea.
The juice is also used as a remedy for worm infection, high blood pressure and diabetes.
For those who toil in the fields or in the sea, ketum juice is often used as a pick-me-up as it is said to be a potent energy booster.
However, until today, the benefits of the plant locally known as 'biak' has yet to be proven scientifically as the plant has never been used in modern medicine.
In fact, even the pharmacological effects of ketum leaves on the human body have not been studied in detail.....