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Herbal remedies for improved health, longevity

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Bantul, Yogyakarta   /   Wed, March 5 2008   /  02:17 am
Suwarmi prepares traditional ↓jamu↓ in her home. Kiringan residents make a living from the manufacture and sale of ↓jamu gendong↓ -- medicinal herbs that are sold from door to door. (JP/Slamet Susanto)(JP/Slamet Susanto)

Suwarmi prepares traditional jamu in her home. Kiringan residents make a living from the manufacture and sale of jamu gendong -- medicinal herbs that are sold from door to door. (JP/Slamet Susanto) Kampong Jamu, or the village of medicinal herbs, is the name people refer to when they are talking about the village of Kiringan, in Bantul, Yogyakarta. For the past century or so, Kiringan residents have been making a living from the manufacture and sale of jamu gendong -- medicinal herbs that are carried in a basket on a woman's shoulder using a sling and sold from door to door. Today, 102 of the 200 households in the village depend on the medicinal herb industry for their livelihoods. What makes Kiringan medicinal herbs characteristically different is the fact they are produced using a traditional method. The ingredients used to make the herbal remedies ...