Promising herbals as adjunctive to standard antituberculosis therapy

Zulkifli Amin, Sari Purnama Hidayat

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Background: Using ‘STOP TB’ strategy, World has succeed decreasing TB case and mortality rate. Neverthless, both numbers remains high. By this study, we aimed to find any natural products could be used as adjunctive tuberculosis therapy in order to achieve better treatment result. Method: Review related articles found from Pubmed, Google Scholar, cochrane, and personal databases. Result: There was five natural products (Dzherelo, Curcumin, Cathecin, Jawarish amla, and Chinesse herbal medicine) showed promising result when used as adjunctive to standard antituberculosis therapy. Dzherelo, curcumin, and CHM enhanced sputum conversion and improved lung lesions. Dzherelo and cathecin reduced free radicals agent. All herbals, except CHM is reported alleviating adverse antituberculosis drugs effects. Additionally, dzherelo also could modulated humoral and cellular immune system. Discussion: Inadequate drug regimens for treating TB cases, poor adherence due to long duration of therapy and adverse drug reaction, and uncompetent immune system can lead to treatment failured. Using herbal products as adjunctive tuberculosis therapy could improved tuberculosis treatment result. Conclusion: As adjuvant therapy, dzherelo and curcumin products are superior than others herbal products, but further investigation still needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-225
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Adjunctive therapy
  • Natural products
  • Plants
  • Sputum conversion
  • Tuberculosis


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