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Chroesthes longifolia


Lepidagathis longifolia

Vernacular Names:

Malaysia: Segugur, Daun Segugur, Penluroh (corrupted form of peluruh), Peluruh, Serga, Peluruh Darah [1] [2]

General Information


Chroesthes longifolia is an erect shrub that can grow up to 1m in height. It is seldom seen to branch. The leaves are lanceolate, thin, long and acuminate at both ends and glabrous. They measure 16-24cm long and 4cm wide with a petiole of 2cm long. The panicles or racemes are 16cm long. The flowers are numerous, sub-sessile, and second. The bracts are lanceolate, acute and measure 0.75cm long. The sepals are lanceolate and measure 1cm long. The corolla is 2.5cm long with tube and dull brownish purple. The anther cells are of equal height.

They are known to inhabit the rainforest of the Eastern side of the main range and down south to the Rhiau Islands. 

Plant Part Used

Whole plant[4]

Chemical Constituents

No documentation

Traditional Use:

This plant is used basically for the procurement of abortion. The term peluruh actually refers to the ease of the leaves falling off from the stem on slight jerk. Ridley reports the decoction of the whole plant is used to induce abortion while Burkill reports that Alvin mention the use of a decoction of the roots was used [2][3] 

According to my personal recording of the use of this plants, the Orang Asli of the Chek Wong tribe use the whole plant in a decoction to procure abortion and in combination with other plants to hasten the involution of the uterus. The people from east coast Malaysia (Jerantut) use the whole plant as an ingredient of a pot herb given to women after delivery to induce rapid involution of the uterus. [4] 

No other uses for the plant have been recorded. 

Pre-Clinical Data


Antifertility activity

The administration of a decoction of the roots of this plant for 10 days post-coitally has caused a reduction in the litter size of rats. In other study, it was shown that individually C. longifolia caused an increase in LH in rats while in combination with other plants the compound medicine cause reduction of the FSH and LH. In another report of similar compound medicine, the oestrogen and progestogen levels were suppressed in non-pregnant and pseudo-pregnant female rats. [5][6]


No documentation

Teratogenic effects

No documentation

Clinical Data

Clinical Trials

No documentation

Adverse Effects in Human:

No documentation

Use in Certain Conditions

Pregnancy / Breastfeeding

Strongly contraindicated in pregnant and lactating ladies.[5][6]

Age Limitations

Neonates / Adolescents

No documentation


No documentation

Chronic Disease Conditions

No documentation


Interactions with drugs

No documentation

Interactions with Other Herbs / Herbal Constituents

No documentation



No documentation

Case Reports

No documentation


  1. H.N. Ridley. Flora of the Malay Peninsula. 2. London L: Reeve & Co;1923. p. 587
  2. Kamarudin Mat-Salleh, A. Latiff. Tumbuhan Ubatan Malaysia. Bangi: Pusat Pengurusan Penyelidikan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; 2002. p.565.
  3. H.N. Ridley. Flora of the Malay Peninsula. 2. London L: Reeve & Co;1923. p. 587
  4. Benyamin of Jerantut, Pahang. Rubber Tapper .Personal communication. (October 2003). Paku of the Chek Wong Tribe Lanchang, Pahang.Unemployed. Personal communication. February 2009.
  5. Tan, C.H.; Smadiyah, Antifertility effects of two Malaysia plants [Lepidagathis longifolia Wight; Hibiscus rosa Sinensis; A. Plant physiology and biochemistry v. Apr1983; 6(1):40-42.
  6. Mohd. Nazrul Islam, Siti Amrah Sulaiman, Marina Y. Kapitonova, Syed Mohsim Sahil Jamallullai; Effects of an Indigenous Contraceptive Herbal Formulation of Gonadotrophs of the Pituitary Gland. Malaysian Journal of Medical Science. Jan2007;14(1):23–27.

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