Jamu, an Indonesian herbal medicine Goes International

Agrotechnomarket.com - It will come true that Jamu, An original Indonesian herbal medicine, will go international namely, the Middle Eastern and ASEAN regions. You will find stock of Jamu at supermarkets and convenience stores in abroad, the chairman of the Jamu Association of Central Java, Nyoto Wardoyo, said here on Wednesday.


Jamu is made from natural materials, such as roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits. Jamu has been practised for many centuries in the Indonesian community to maintain good health, nutmeg to treat insomnia, guava for diarrhea, lime to promote weight loss and basil to counter body odor and so on. To consume these herbal medicines is by drinking.

Jamu had been used since the ancient time up to now, it is largely consumed by people of different level; lower, middle and upper because there is no side effect after drinking these herbal medicine.

"Indonesias ambassadors in various countries have started to introduce Jamu to other countries, such as Arab nations and Hongkong," he informed.

According to him, Jamu is in demand in many countries because they have realized that its health benefits.

"Jamu is well known for its nutritional value. Demand for the product is rising and the exports have increased," he reiterated.

He also appreciated the fact that the government is encouraging the herbal medicine industry to progress.

"Entrepreneurs expect expeditious grant of a license. Once we complete all the requirements, we want the government to immediately issue a permit," he stressed.

He hoped for better synergy between farmers, entrepreneurs and university researchers to develop Jamu products.

He also hoped that Jamu products could be a part of the BPJS health program.

"When people suffer mild colds, coughs or flu, the doctors can treat them with Jamu," he underlined.

Thanks to these efforts, the usage of Jamu is expected to rise at home as well as abroad.

The Herbs for Jamu
There are hundreds of herbs for jamu prescriptions, among other are:

Spices
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)
Lempuyang (Zingiber Oronaticum)
Temu Lawak/ Wild Ginger (Curcuma Cautkeridza)
Kunyit/ Tumeric (Curcuma Domestica)
Kencur/ Greater Galingale (Kaemferi Galanga)
Lengkuas/ Ginger Plant (Elpina Galanga)
Bengle (Zingiber Bevifalium)

Leaves
Secang (Caesalpinia Sappan Hinn)
Sambang Dara (Rexco Ecaria Bicolar Hassk)
Brotowali (Tiospora Rumpii Boerl)
Adas (Foeniculum Vulgare Mill)

Fruits
Jeruk Nipis/ Calamondin (Citrae Aurantifalia Sivingle)
Ceplukan (Physalic Angulata Him)
Nyamplung (Calophylum Inaphyllu)

Barks
Kayu Manis/ Cinamon (Gijeyzahyza Glabra)

Flowers
Melati/ Yasmin (Jataninum Sunbac Ait)
Rumput Alang-alang (Gramineae)

It is worth to note that some jamu factories in Java are exporting its products. Besides the export of ready made jamu, 25 kinds of herbal plants and ingredients are also in the list of export to Europe, Australia, USA, Japan, etc.