A dental-anthropological study of health and illness behaviour among Orang Asli of the Semai Tribe: the perspective of traditional healers

Saub, Roslan and Jaafar, N. (2001) A dental-anthropological study of health and illness behaviour among Orang Asli of the Semai Tribe: the perspective of traditional healers. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 56 (4). pp. 401-407. ISSN 0300-5283

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Abstract

This observational study investigates and describes the oral health beliefs and illness behaviour in the Semai tribe of Orang Asli community. Data was obtained from a "Key informant interview" method i.e. the village Tok Halaq (Traditional healer). Information about common oral diseases and conditions were illustrated with enlarged pictures of dental caries, periodontal disease, oral cancer and cleft. The most common oral problem was toothache. This is treated by self-medication. However if the pain still persist, the Tok Halaq was consulted to start traditional methods. He will identify the cause. If "germs" were thought to be the cause, he will ask the person to see a doctor. Otherwise, he attempts traditional treatment. If the effort failed after a few days, the person will be advised to see a doctor. It appears that the Tok Halaq plays an influential role in prevention, promotion and the healing process in this community. Hence any effort to promote oral health and prevent oral disease must seek their cooperation. Their beliefs on causes of common oral diseases are described in the text.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 1 Export Date: 20 June 2012 Source: Scopus PubMed ID: 12014757 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Saub, R.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Article Cultural Anthropology Ethnology Health Health Behavior Human Malaysia Patient Attitude Traditional Medicine Anthropology, Cultural Humans Medicine, Traditional Oral Health Sick Role
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Community Dentistry
Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2012 07:31
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 04:38
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3417

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