Use of Torbangun leaves (Coleus Amboinicus Lour.) in Treating Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS) Among Teenagers


Rizal D. Department of Nutrition Sciences, Kuliyyah of Allied Health Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuantan Campus, 25200, Kuantan, Pahang. Tel: 09-5716700 Fax: 09-5716776 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Mazarina D.,  Department of Community Nutrition, Faculty of Human Ecology, IPB University, Bogor, 26680, Indonesia. 

Budi S., Ahmad S., Department of Industrial Technology, University of Malang, Malang, Indonesia.




Use of Torbangun leaves (Coleus Amboinicus Lour.) in Treating Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS) Among Teenagers


Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)


21st October - 22nd October 2008

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur


Torbangun (Coleus amboinicus Lour.) is one of species belonging to the family Lamiaceae. The plant appears in countries in the tropical region such as Malaysia, India and Indonesia. In this region, the leaves of torbangun are used for wound healing and to treat sores, fever, asthma, abdominal colic and aphtha. In North Sumatra Province, Indonesia, lactation women of Bataknese traditionally consume the leaves as part of their diet during the first month of lactation in order to stimulate breast milk production. The present study aims to assess the efficacy of the leaves of Coleus amboinicus (CAL) in the management of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS). An experimental clinical trial was conducted on 35 teenagers with PMS. Three intervention groups were defined: CAL leaves; commercial preparation and placebo. Participants were monitored individually for 2 months. The average age of participants was 17 years; menarche occurred around age 13 years. Participants had menstrual cycles of 28 or 29 days, with menstruation lasting 5 days. During each successive treatment cycle, participants experinced a lower pain intensity score. Multiple regression analysis, after adjusting each cycle for baseline pain, treatment compliance and other variables, showed that the group receiving CAL extract had significantly reduced pain intensity (p<0.001) compared with the commercial preparation and placebo groups.


Torbangun; Coleus amboinicus Lour.; Bataknese; pre-menstrual syndrome


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