Serapat (Kayu Rapet)

About Serapat (Kayu Rapet)

Serapat is commonly found at 1500m above sea level in primary and secondary forests in Peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia. It can also be found in Andaman Islands in India, Southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Borneo and the Philippines.

It is known as Serapat in Malaysia and Kayu Rapet in Indonesia. "Kayu" is the Indonesian word for "wood", and "rapet" means "tight". This herb is widely use by women especially after childbirth. All parts of the plant are used, both orally as well as topically. However, the bark of this small tree is considered the most effective part of the plant, especially when it is consumed as tea.

The scientific name of Serapat is Parameria Polyneura or Parameria barbata (Blume) K. Schum. and it belongs to Apocynaceae family.

Active Ingredients

An active ingredient is a substance in a drug or herb that is pharmaceutically active. Some drug / herbs may contain more than 1 active ingredient. Below are the active ingredients found in Serapat:

The barks of Serapat contain:
• Flavonoids
• Polyphenols

The leaves contain:
• Saponins
• Tannins

Processing Step

Serapat leaves and barks are harvested from the forests.
All the collected leaves and barks are washed with clean water.
Then the leaves and barks are dried under sunlight or oven.
The dried leaves and barks are then packaged and it is ready for consumption.

Product Characteristics

Part of plants used : Barks and leaves
Appearance : Dried barks and leaves
Colour : Pale green (leaves), dark brown (barks)
Odour : Characteristic
Taste : Tasteless (leaves), bitter (barks)
Packaging : Box

Traditional & Modern Consumption

There are a few methods to consume Serapat:

a) Barks / leaves
1) Take 2g of leaves or barks and washed it.
2) Boil and cook for about 30 minutes, put the other ingredients if wanted and needed.
3) Remove it from the place and the resulting decoction is drunk.
b) Tea bag
1) Place a tea bag into a cup of hot water.
2) Let the bag to sit in the cup for 20 minutes and it is ready to be served.
c) Capsules
Swallow the capsule with water.

(Note: The standard dosage is usually 2g each intake.)

Safety Precautions

Do not consume in large quantities in a short period of interval. The standard dose is considered to be a maximum of 50g of leaves or barks in a day. Users should monitor themselves and reduce their dosage if these side effects occur. It is better to take smaller amounts over a 2-7 day period than a very high amount in one day.

Side Effects

There is no side effect found in the previous research by the Scientifics.

Storage Requirement

Keep in a cool and dry place. Avoid from reach of children.

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