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Cleansing your way to good health with 'gurah'

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 19 2008   /  12:21 am

NASAL INSERTION: Ali Sarpan, a gurah practitioner from Giriloyo hamlet, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, inserts a herbal mix into the nasal passage of a patient. (JP/Slamet Sutanto)If you suffer from sinusitis or asthma and have lost hope of ever finding a cure, you might consider taking a trip to Giriloyo hamlet in Imogiri, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta. This hamlet is popular for gurah -- a traditional health treatment that cleanses the upper respiratory tract, and which is believed to be able to cure sinusitis effectively at a low cost. The treatment, which uses traditional herbal ingredients, including the roots of the Sirgungu plant (Cherodentum serratum), is believed to also be effective in the treatment of health problems like asthma and migraine and is also known to clear the voice; a claim that has tempted many singers to give it a try. The gurah treatment is quite ...