Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lake Kenyir Herbal Park

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 3:27 PM

Kenyir Herbal Park is one of the tourism products that is developed by the State of Terengganu in Kenyir Lake. The park is with the size of 15.84 hectares is located in Sah Kecil Island which is the transit station to other islands in the southern part area of Besar Island which houses the Federal Government Resthouse. The distance from Pengkalan Gawi is 7 km and is 15 minutes travel time via speed boat.

The park was first developed in 1995 with early work of land clearing. The facilities provided are jetty, pedestrian walks around the island, rest hut, seedling site administration building/interpretative centre, arboretum, reflexology area and public toilets. A bridge that links Sah Kecil and Sah Besar island was aslo built.

Not far from the island is Saok Waterfall. The Federal Government Rest House was located at Pulau Sah Besar which can be access from Pulau Sah Kecil via a bridge.

Visitors can try Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia) and Kacip Fatimah (Labisia pathoina) when they visit the garden. There are some facilities such as jetty, wakaf, public toilet, reflexologi path, interpretative center, etc ... provided here. Kacip Fatimah which are abundant in Lake Kenyir. There are approximately 26,000 herbal trees and 230 species are found here.

Reflexology Path
Tonkat Ali (Eurycoma Loniflora) - Eurycoma longifolia (commonly called tongkat ali or pasak bumi) is a flowering plant in the family Simaroubaceae, native to Indonesia, Malaysia, and, to a lesser extent, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.

Kacip fatima (Labisa pumila) is the female version of Tongkat Ali. Kacip Fatimah is a small woody and leafy plant that grows and can be found widely in the shade of forest floors. The leaves are about 20 centimetres long, and they are traditionally used as a kind of tea by women who experience a loss of libido. Extract from these herbs is usually ground into powder substances and are made into capsules and pills. A concoction made from boiling the plant in water is given to women in labour to hasten delivery of their babies. After childbirth, it may still be consumed by mothers to regain their strength. Traditionally, it is used in Borneo for enhancing vitality, overcome tiredness and help to tone vaginal muscles for women.

'Kacip Fatimah'



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