The necessity for traditional medicine is efficacious as aphrodisiac increases every year. Dayak community believes that Kelakai roots have efficacy as an aphrodisiac drug, but no studies were conducted relating to the efficacy of the Kelakai roots.Traditional medicinal products are efficacious as aphrodisiac have a hormone-like effect, usually contain active ingredients that have estrogenic properties among other things which are, progesterone, androgenic, adaptogenic and lektogenik. Materials that are androgenic or adaptogenic in nature helps maintain and restore stamina. This research aimed to determine the content of the active compound in the Kelakai roots making it efficacious as aphrodisiac and to determine the profile of thin layer chromatography (TLC) of active compound in Kelakai roots. This study used the identification method of chemical compounds such as starches and aleurone, tannins, catechols, flavonoids, alkaloids, saponins and steroids for simplicia powder and ethanol extract of Kelakai roots. The extraction of Kelakai roots was done by soxhletation, and TLC was used to identify a specific chemical compound. The result showed that Kelakai roots contain active compounds, potentially aphrodisiac namely alkaloids and saponins. While the TLC profile obtained is the presence of stains in the non-polar eluent (chloroform : ethyl acetate) with a ratio of 7:3, 8:2, 9:4 with each Rf value, 0.70 (7:3), 0. cm (8:2) and 0.94 cm (9:4). This reasearch reported for the first time the potential of Kelakai roots as aphrodisiac. Thus, further work will focus on the study of pharmacological effects of Kelakai roots.
Keywords: Kelakai roots, aphrodisiac, identification of chemical compounds, thin layer chromatography