As Indonesian people, surely most of us are familiar with the name of herbal medicine. Yes, herbs are commonly used as a traditional medicine to cure all kinds of diseases that come from spices, roots, or also from leaves that formulated in such a way as a traditional medicine beverage.
As we know, herbal medicine itself is famous for its taste which is said to have a bitter taste. But, the bitter taste is very proportional to the properties possessed by herbal medicine. Benefits possessed by herbal medicine proved able to provide healing effects for people who suffer pain or just to increase stamina.
Therefore, in this article I will discuss everything that exists about herbal medicine. For that, let us refer to the following reviews.
Jamu is believed to have originated from about 1300 years ago at the time of the ancient Mataram kingdom. This is further reinforced by the findings of prehistoric “cobek and ulekan” at that time found on Liyangan archeological site located on the slopes of Sindoro mountain, Central Java. Until now the culture using the tool is still widely produced and used by the community either to make potions or for household purposes.
This traditional medicine herb has been used by the Indonesian people since prehistoric times. This is largely supported by the evidence of findings from archaeologists who discovered various artifacts and various tools made of stone for the manufacture of various traditional ingredients. Many of these findings are found in Yogyakarta and Surakarta such as in Borobudur temple on Karmawipangga relief, Prambanan temple, Brambang temple, and several other locations. It is said that at that time, the secrets of the health and supernatural power of warriors and high-ranking royalty came from practice, such as meditation and also consuming some ingredients.
Herbs are also widely used by the princesses of the king as their beauty secret, which is a famous herb lulur. It is also reinforced with relief images of Kalpataru trees, a tree that is a symbol of eternity and eternity. In Borobudur temple found also relief image of people being “suckling” using cobek and ulekan, a man like a healer is treating and massaging his patients, and the herbal drinks sellers carry.
The tradition of selling traditional herbs still holds today even though it is now rarely found especially in big cities. Even today the sellers of herbal medicine carry most of them are those who are elderly. Will this culture become extinct? I hope not. We can safeguard this cultural heritage in various ways such as at least buying their products that will automatically help them economically so that herbalism is still one of the earning livelihoods.
Along with the development of the era, where today people prefer something practical even in herbs though, then the makers of traditional herbs or herbal manufacturers are also looking for a sense how to keep their products can survive and can be used by the community. In ancient times ordinary herbs using a smoothed concoction or the decoction of some natural ingredients, but now also many who use modern tools to produce it in the form of capsules and pills. So the herbal that used to be identical with the “bitter taste” because it must be drunk to consume it now has shifted into a more practical approach to medicinal and herbal products.
The materials used are still the same, that is using natural materials. It’s just for the circulation of “modern” herbal medicine is more tightened with government regulations that require the producers to verify the trial in BPOM. Naturally, this is for the safety of the materials used because it can not be denied there are some rogue manufacturers who use banned chemicals in the process, this is true for herbal products. So let us celebrate this tradition of herbal medicine typical of Indonesia.