Jamu as Alternative Therapy to Improve Quality of Life (QoL) of Benign Breast Tumor Patients at Rumah Riset Jamu “Hortus Medicus”

Zuraida Zulkarnain, Agus Triyono


Women with benign breast tumors could experience decreased in quality of life (QoL) due to pain and fear over the disease. This study aimed to investigate the QoL outcome in benign breast tumor patients who receive alternative treatment with jamu. A total of 26 female patients who came to Rumah Riset Jamu (RRJ) "Hortus Medicus" Tawangmangu in the period of September-December 2013 with complaints of breast tumor  and met the inclusion criteria were included in this study. They were given Jamu formula for breast tumor and drank its water infusion twice daily for 16 weeks. Short Form-36 (SF-36) scores was measure at baseline, middle and the end of study. SF-36 is a tool to assess the QoL that has been widely used in health research. The mean scores of SF-36 is elevated in middle and the end of study compare to baseline. There were significant differences between the mean scores before and after treatment (paired t test, p< 0,05). The results showed that Jamu had the potential to improve quality of life in patients with benign breast tumor.

Keywords : benign breast tumor,  Jamu, QoL, SF-36

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