Latest Herbal Research Project – “In vivo Study on the Biological Activities of Litsea elliptica Blume”

Project Title: “In vivo Study on the Biological Activities of Litsea elliptica Blume”

Grant Holder: Dr Hjh Norhayati Hj Ahmad
Grant Reference No. : UBD/RSCH/URC/NIG/1.0/2022/008
Approved on 15 March 2022 – 14 March 2024
Total Grant = $40,642.20

Litsea elliptica Blume, locally known as “Pawas”, is a medicinal plant found in Brunei Darussalam that has been customarily consumed and used as a vegetable and herbal medicine to relieve headaches, fevers, itchiness and stomach ulcers. Earlier studies have shown that the plant possesses various bioactive chemical compounds in its leaves and bark. The extracts and essential oil from the plant have also demonstrated antioxidant, antimicrobial and insecticidal activities. Our previous investigations revealed that L. elliptica had enhanced antioxidant capacity in its young leaves whereas the mixed (young and matured) leaves of the plant had potent anti-cancer properties against various cancer cell lines. At present, our efforts are focused on addressing the knowledge gap that remains for the traditional use of L. elliptica as we work towards elucidating the therapeutic effects of the plant against inflammation, fever and pain as well as its potential as a natural remedy for migraine. The outcome from our study would be beneficial as a form of verification for the folkloric usage of L. elliptica and also form a basis for future product development which would, thereafter, contribute towards economic diversification.

Young leaves of Litsea elliptica featured amongst some matured leaves
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