Malay Traditional Therapy (MTT) : A complementary treatment among Malays
Research background: Malay Traditional Therapy (MTT) has gained popularity among patients diagnosed with various types of chronic diseases. Objective: This study was to determine the prevalence of use of MTT among Malays for their related diseases and the effectiveness of the treatment in reducing pain. Methodology: Questionnaires, patient’s records files and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) scores were used to obtain data and to evaluate the treatment progress. Result: Patients visit the centre for various types of chronic diseases and treatments. VAS scores showed positive progress for majority of patients. Summary: MTT was commonly used as a complementary treatment among Malays for various types of chronic diseases to reduce pain and proven to be effective.
Keywords: Malay Traditional Massage Therapy, chronic diseases, prevalence, quality of life. VAS score.
eISSN 2514-7528 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.