Source: | Jamu-Verkäuferin in Java. “Jamu Gendong” by 22Kartika – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

What is Jamu

Jamu (old spelling Djamu) is a traditional medicine from Indonesia. It is predominantly a herbal medicine made from natural materials, such as roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits.[1] Materials acquired from animals, such as honeyroyal jellymilk and ayam kampung eggs are also often used.

Jamu can be found throughout Indonesia, however it is most prevalent in Java, where Mbok Jamu, the traditional kainkebaya-wearing young to middle-aged Javanese woman carrying bamboo basket, filled with bottles of jamu on her back, travelling villages and towns alleys, offering her fares of traditional herbal medicine, can be found. In many large cities jamu herbal medicine is sold on the street by hawkers carry a refreshing drink, usually bitter but sweetened with honey or palm sugar. The traditional method of carrying .

Herbal medicine is also produced in factories by large companies such as Air MancurNyonya Meneer or Djamu Djago, and sold at various drug stores in sachet packaging. Packaged dried jamu should be dissolved in hot water first before drinking. Nowadays herbal medicine is also sold in the form of tablets, caplets and capsules.


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