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‘Jamu’, the ancient herbal drink in Indonesia

Traditional medicine has been seen only with one eye. Most people believe that doctor and hospital are more reliable. Well, that totally makes sense because the medical technology is already advanced and will keep improving.

Of course it is the same in Indonesia. BUT there are still many Indonesian people who believe in traditional medicine. Often, it is because they are forced since they don’t have enough money to cover the hospital expenses.

One of the most famous traditional medications from Indonesia is by drinking “jamu”Jamu is a traditional medicine from Indonesia that originated more than 1000 years ago. Usually, it is made from natural ingredients such as plants, roots or even leaves. However, several kinds of Jamu are also made from the parts of animal bodies. A lot of people have been consuming Jamu to help them to cure their diseases. Jamu is also believed to be able to enhance your beauty.

Various jamu

Various jamu

Usually, Jamu is sold by female hawkers that travel from place to place in big cities. It is usually served in the form of a drink that tastes sweet and bitter at the same time. You can also buy jamu in pharmacies since a lot of companies have started to produce Jamu. A lot of Indonesians love to consume it because there are stories about how jamu can cure severe diseases like cancer and diabetes, and also the fact that it’s made from natural ingredients, which is safer than chemical-based medicine, that makes it become so popular amongst the people.

After you hear all of those benefits you can get from consuming jamu, I am sure that you want to try it, right? However, you have to be careful since there are also fake jamu that are distributed by irresponsible people. There have been reports lately about fake jamu that are made from dangerous chemicals that contain harmful substances. These kinds of jamu will not make you become healthier. Instead, it can damage your body because of the harmful chemicals that are used in it. So, before you drink jamu,make sure that it is safe to consume.

Fake jamu factory

Fake jamu factory

(See this video to see how to make jamu)

Too bad that the jamu sellers cannot be seen that often anymore because of the globalization. People believe more and more in advanced medical technology and this makes the jamu business goes down drastically. Nowadays, they only appear in a suburban area. Though, it’s worth to visit a suburban area just to taste the unique flavor of jamu.

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‘Catching cold’, the most common disease in Indonesia

Some countries have an endemic disease unique to them, like Chikungunya disease in Africa or Malaria disease in tropical region.

There’s also an endemic disease in Indonesia. It is called ‘catching cold’ or ‘masuk angin’.
This disease is believed to be a myth because it is no officially acknowledged as a disease. Nevertheless, it is the most common disease in Indonesia.

The causes and symptoms are similar to Influenza.
It is caused by excessive cold air. For example, spending too much time in an air-conditioned room, going through the rain without an umbrella or rain jacket, riding a motorcycle without a jacket, or too exhausted.
The symptoms are dizziness, fever, cold or flu, sleepy, flatulence, get tired easily, nausea, and vomiting. Surprisingly, it is also similar to the symptoms experienced by pregnant women, right?

So, what to do when you got ‘enter wind’ or ‘masuk angin’?
There are many things to do but basically there are three methods that are most used.

When you feel like you have one of the symptoms, just drink one of these.

Tolak Angin

Tolak Angin

‘Tolak Angin’ is an herbal medicine wrapped in sachets. It is cheap, practical, and work fast. It is easy to find this because it is sold in every pharmacy or drugstore and even cigarette stall spread out in Indonesia.

However, if it does not work well, you can try a traditional and unique massage that is very cheap and easy.

The massage or kerok can be done by using a small coin or cent and eucalyptus oil or ‘minyak kayu putih’. Then your back will be scraped with a little pressure and leaves a red effect like in the picture. Don’t worry because it is not dangerous. Though, you must not drink the eucalyptus oil. If you don’t have the oil, you can use a balm or ointment

A little true and funny story about this is when a foreigner goes to a swimming pool. He sees an Indonesian man in his trunk, swimming with many visible red lines on his back. The foreigner comes to him and asks if those red lines are caused by domestic violence. He also offers to call a police if needed. Then, the man explains the red lines is caused by the massage and that there’s no need to call a police at all.

The last method is taking a rest. Seriously, resting cures anything. Nevertheless, if worse comes to worst, come see a doctor.

(See this video below to see the massage)

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