Malay is one of the major ethnic group of indigenous people in Southeast Asia found mainly in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. They have a long history of practicing their Malay Traditional Medicine for hundreds of years with evidence of documented manuscripts before Western Medicine arrive in this part of the world.
Women’s health and midwifery are among the most explored disciplines with detailed documentations on pregnancy care, postnatal care, miscarriages and infertility care. This includes methods of diagnosis and treatments of these ailments including massage, nutritional advice and use of herbal medicine.
Urut which means massage, is huge speciality in the malay traditional medicine where different techniques are used for different purposes such as prenatal massage, postnatal massage, infant massage, fertility massage (for both men and women) or simply to treat specific ailments including soreness, sprains, strains, nerves or muscular problems.
(The popularity of postnatal massage and Bengkung Belly Binding originates from the Malay Culture: You can read more about it here.)
As for infertility treatment for women, there is a comprehensive set of regimes to help women depending on their problem. One of the most popular and sought after massage technique in this part of the world, is known as sengkak. Sengkak is a technique used over the lower abdomen that is specially performed on women with infertility issues, postpartum mothers, post-miscarriage women, and women with other menstrual issues.
Accompanying the massage, other natural fertility treatments includes ganggang or tanggas (Vaginal Steam), tungku (Stone heat compress) and tuam (Herbal Heat Compress), in combination to the use of topical or ingested herbs.