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Jakarta Post

Herbal remedy with a modern touch

  • I.D. Nugroho

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya   /   Wed, November 25 2009   /  10:43 am

TemulawakJust as ginseng is synonymous with Korea, temulawak or Java turmeric is a natural medical treasure native to Indonesia.As part of Indonesia’s centuries-old traditional healing practices, temulawak has long been used as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent in treating many ailments, including swelling, gastric and digestive problems, stiff muscles, coughs and runny nose.“As far as we know, temulawak can only be found in Indonesia,” says Gunawan T., managing director of Helmigs Prima Sejahtera, a pharmaceutical and curcumin products manufacturer.“There are some individuals in several countries, like Malaysia, who have done research on their own varieties of temulawak at Yonsei University in South Korea, but the results show these plants are nothing like temulawak.”So even if the Java turmeric exists elsewhere, Gunawan says, “I can confidently say the best temul...