Experts at IPB University Review Potential Medicinal Plants as Anti-Inflammatory and Immune Boosting

Indonesia has great potential in providing medicinal ingredients from its natural resources as a source of biopharmaceuticals. This prompted the Tropical Biopharmaceutical Study Center, Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) of IPB University to hold a Webinar "Cultivation of Medicinal Plants with Potential as Anti-Inflammatory and Immune Response Improvement of the Body", (29/6). This activity brought IPB University experts related to herbal plants.

Prof Irmanida Batubara, Head of the Center for Tropical Biopharmaceutical Studies at IPB University in his speech said, "This information is related to the cultivation of medicinal plants that have the potential as an anti-inflammatory (inflammation) or that can increase the body's immune is indispensable in various regions. We hope that every local office can participate and gain knowledge regarding potential herbal medicines in their area," she said.

In this activity, Drh Min Rahmawati was attended, Lecturer of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, IPB University. He mentioned that two things can be pursued to keep the body healthy. Namely, the involvement of the innate immune system and the second is the adaptive immune system. The innate immune system is an immune system that responds immediately / quickly to a series of compounds. While the adaptive immune system is an immune system that responds slowly to specific antigens.

Meanwhile, to resolve inflammation, several herbal plants can be used. These plants are Gotu kola, galingale, saga, meniran, and Heartleaf maderavine madevine.

Dr. Waras Nurcholis, Lecturer of the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) IPB University said that extraction is essentially getting bioactive compounds/metabolites or combining metabolites and bioactive with various techniques such as immersion. The extract must meet three requirements, namely safety, efficacy, and quality.

"The health benefits of extracts (to increase immunity) are influenced by standardized cultivation and quality genetic sources," he added.

Dr. Maya Melati, Lecturer of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University, in her presentation complemented this with an explanation of immunomodulators. Namely compounds that enhance the immune system / modulate the immune system towards normal. Immunomodulators function to strengthen the immune system or suppress excessive immune system reactions.

"The groups of plants that are efficacious as immunomodulators are plants that have rhizome shape, leaf shape, stem shape, bark shape, fruit shape, and seed shape. Examples include ginger, turmeric, galingale, Heartleaf maderavine madevine, Gotu kola leaves, guava fruit, and lime" he concluded. (SMH/Zul) (IAAS/MFR)

Published Date : 29-Jun-2021

Resource Person : Prof Irmanida Batubara, Dr Maya Melati

Keyword : Medicinal Plants, Immunity, COVID-19 Pandemic, Herbs, IPB University