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.
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.
(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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