بِسْــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم

Jamu is without doubt, one of Indonesia's greatest legacies to the medical world. It is a centuries-old medicinal tradition based primarily on herbal mixtures and concoctions. These herbal remedies incorporate ancient Eastern elements of balance in the human body (eg. The Chinese Ying and Yang concept), to bring about harmony amongst the various bodily functions which subsequently results in good health and wellbeing in the individual.
Surprisingly, not much is known about Indonesian Jamu outside of the Indonesian archipelago and neighbouring regions. Sure, there are a smattering of Jamu products being exported to overseas niche markets, but these account for less than 5% of the total Jamu industry. In local markets figures alone, Jamu products have a gross annual figure of close to US$1 billion. At present, there are three giants in the Jamu industry and dozens of other smaller companies. Together they produce somewhere around 200 to 300 million packets of jamu each year.
This relative obscurity of Jamu within the global arena is regrettable indeed. Especially when you consider how amazingly effective it can be in the treatement and cure of several common ailments. Not to mention inexpensive. Some of the illnesses and ailments commonly treated with Jamu Herbal Remedies include:
  1. Coughing / Phlegm
  2. Fatigue / Listlessness
  3. Fever
  4. Bodyache
  5. DIarrhoea
  6. Erectile Dysfunction
  7. Vaginal Discharge
  8. The list goes on and on
In fact, there are some who staunchly believe that Indonesian Jamu, if taken regularly and correctly, has the ability to prevent any illness and prolong one's life. Being a researcher of natural medicine myself, I must admit that this claim does seems like a qualified statement.
In any case, many Indonesians would rather trust the gentle healing properties of a Jamu herbal remedy than Western pharmaceutical medicine during the onset of an illness. This is certainly not a case of misguided patriotism or village ignorance (au contraire, many of these "Jamu proponents" are young, highly educated and affluent). Rather, it is about having experiencing both sides of the coin, and realizing that Jamu remedies are actually better for the body in the long run. Yes, being herbal in nature, Jamu products do not contain any harsh artificial or synthetic compounds. Thus, it is less likely to produce any undesirable side effects, as compared to its Western pharmaceutical counterparts.
There is one thing one notices when taking Jamu. Although the cure is not as rapid as that of Westerm medicine, the cure is more 'total'. For example, if you had a cough and you took a pharmaceutical cough syrup, you would probably get well within a day or two. But you could very likely get hit by the same cough problem again within the same week. With a Jamu cough remedy however, you might take slightly longer to recover (maybe 3 - 4 days), but you can be sure that your cough will not return anytime soon to bother you again. The reason for this, is that Jamu herbal remedies heal the underlying problem (in this case your lungs, air passage), while Western pharmaceuticals just deal with the problem at hand (the coughing).
It must be said that for Jamu products to work effectively in maintaining optimal health, it must be taken regularly. In short, think of Jamu more as a health-boosting tonics rather than as a treatment/cures, and you will definitely reap the benefits of a healthy and long life!
ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلْعــَٰلــَمِين

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