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Jokowi lauds jamu

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, May 25, 2015 | 04:03 pm

Herbal medicines, locally known as '€œjamu'€, have good prospects both in the domestic and international markets, says President Joko '€œJokowi'€™ Widodo.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Jamu and Traditional Medicines Manufacturers'€™ Association (GP Jamu) congress at the State Palace on Monday, the President said he had consumed the herbal medicine, locally known as temulawak jahe or ginger curcuma, for 17 years.

'€œI have consumed ginger curcuma every morning for more than 17 years. I buy it myself from the market,'€ he said as quoted by

Jokowi admitted that consuming ginger curcuma enabled him to go about his daily activities well and repaired damage to the liver and digestive functions.

'€œGinger curcuma is very good and after consuming it we feel better,'€ he said as quoted by

The President said jamu was a commodity inherited by Indonesians'€™ forefathers and had economic potential when it was produced professionally for domestic and international markets.

As a health beverage, jamu has faced difficulties gaining international recognition as it has not been produced professionally. (rms)(+++)