Potential Role of Labisia pumila in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases

Nik Hazlina Nik Hussain, Azidah Abdul Kadir


Labisia pumila (Myrsinaceae), also called Kacip Fatimah, is a herbal medicine that has been widely used in South East Asian communities mainly for women’s health. The extensive use of this plant has led to many speculations and studies on its phytoestrogenic properties. This review highlights the studies that involved Labisia pumila, which include phytochemical profiling and its safety. In addition, we also look into its use as an alternative to hormonal therapy in postmenopausal women, and its role in cardiovascular protection and osteoporosis. Further studies are needed to highlight the potential benefits of this plant in promoting advantageous health properties.


Labisia pumila, postmenopausal, safety profiles, cardiovascular risk factors and phytoestrogen

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jfr.v2n4p55

Journal of Food Research   ISSN 1927-0887(Print)   ISSN 1927-0895(Online)

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