Get to Know Laban Plants Scientifically. Spread and Benefits of Research – The scientific name or Latin laban, Vitex pinnata L, is now a synonym of Vitex pubescens Vahl. “This species is commonly found in open areas. Spread in Indonesia and Malaysia, “The ecology of this plant from some literature shows the types of plants that are tolerant or resistant to fire.
This Lamiaceae family tree grows slowly, up to 20 meters. If you look carefully the leaves are green with the tips of the leaves tapering, the leaf buds are rather reddish green and the leaves are flavorful. The stem has a greenish brown color. This plant is also good leaves, wood and branches have been studied.
The Content of the Pharmacist’s Word Laban
Pharmacist Pharmacy Clinic Regional General Hospital (RSUD) Depati Hamzah Apt. Sudarsono M.Sc explained the scientific content of leben.
“From the literature search that this plant is a genus of Verbenaceae, which consists of 250 species. Laban himself is referred to as the scientific name Vitex Pubescens Vahl.
Described from some of the literature he obtained, Laban (Vitex pubescens Vahl) known that leaves and bark traditionally are often used to treat gout, fever, scorpion poison antidote, gastrointestinal disorders, increase appetite, dysentery, anti-swelling, rhinitis, cancer and also to increase stamina.
In addition, insect repellents (bug rapellent), antifungal, antimicrobial, are often used for menstruation and gynecology.
“The plant has been studied and several of its contents have been found. Among those compounds that were identified from Laban bark extract by Lenny Anwar et al from the Andalas Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy in 2015 were Andrographolide and Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate, “said Sudarsono.
Andrographolide compounds based on literature have biological activities as anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antitumor, immunology, anti-diabetes, antimicrobial, and antiviral.
While the compound Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate can be used as an antifungal for food and cosmetics.
According to Sudarsono, if you follow the science of ideology, it might indeed be used for Covid-19 medicine because it has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and also increases stamina effects.
“But this cannot be accepted based on pharmacology because it is not supported by clinical trials so that aspects of efficacy and safety cannot be accounted for,” he said.