Effects of Eleutherine bulbosa (mill.) urb. bulb extract on mice glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis models

Fina Luthfiana, Riza Ambar Sari, Irawati Sholikhah, Katsuyoshi Matsunami, Sukardiman, Retno Widyowati

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Background: Low bone mass accompanied by microarchitec-tural alterations in the bone that cause fragility fractures is known as secondary osteoporosis and occurs when there is an underlying condition or medication present. Eleutherine bulbosa bulb extract has been shown to affect bone because of its content, which can help osteoblast differentiation and inhibit osteoclast differentia-tion. Objective: This study aimed to assess the effects of 70% ethanol extract of E. bulbosa Bulbs (EBE) from Pasuruan-East Java on blood calcium levels, osteoblast cell count, and bone density of trabecular femur in osteoporosis rats. Methods: Six groups of 30 female Wistar rats were created. There were no test materials offered to the healthy group; the neg-ative group received 0.5% CMC; the positive group received alen-dronate 0.9 mg/kg BW; and the dose group received 30, 60, and 120 mg/kg BW. Glucocorticoid (Dexamethasone) 0.1015 mg/kg BW/day induction was given to all groups except the healthy group to create osteoporosis rats for approximately four weeks. Then they were given oral therapy for approximately 28 days. Followed by the determination of blood calcium levels, the number of osteoblast cells, and bone density of the rat femur trabecular. Results: The result showed that E. bulbosa bulbs extract could raise blood calcium levels and bone density percentage at doses of 60 and 120 mg/kg BW, as well as raise osteoblast cell levels at doses of 120 mg/kg BW. Conclusions: The findings indicate that E.bulbosa bulb extract is a potential complementary medicine for osteoporosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2507
JournalJournal of Public Health in Africa
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Bone density
  • Calcium
  • Eleutherine bulbosa
  • Osteoblast cell
  • Osteoporosis


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