TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A researcher of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Ahmad Fathoni says the ‘bajakah’ cancer medication that was recently discovered by three Palangkaraya high school students contains a plethora of active antioxidant compounds.
“The Bajakah plants contain compounds such as phenolic, steroids, tannins, alkaloids, saponin, terpenoid, to alkaloids. The active antioxidants enable it to be an antidote for free radicals,” said Fathoni to Tempo on Wednesday, August 14.
The claimed antidote from the rare plant was discovered in a research conducted by three students from state-high school (SMAN) 2 Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, at the Life Science competition at Seoul, South Korea, on July 25, 2019.
According to Fathoni, medication for cancer or tumor requires stringent preclinical and clinical tests. So its grade as traditional medicine or jamu can be enhanced as standardized herbal medicine or phytopharmaca.
However, other than further study on Bajakah as a cancer medication to assure its safety and quality, it also requires a joint effort to preserve plant sustainability.
MOH KHORY ALFARIZI