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Jakarta Post

Working to modernize herbal medicine

  • The Jakarta Post

Wonogiri, Central Java   /   Sun, May 22 2011   /  07:00 am

When we sneeze during a cold, rainy day, drinking a cup of hot ginger tea can be a good choice. The pungent smell and spicy taste refreshes our lungs, helps us breathe better and warms us at the same time.

Herbal healing is a part of centuries-old traditions that exist in numerous countries and cultures around the world, including Indonesia. Traditional herbal medicine, locally known as jamu, has been used by royal families for ages and has become a part of daily routines at all levels of Indonesian society.

While the development of manufactured medicine by pharmaceutical companies speeds across the world, herbal medicines in Indonesia move at snail’s pace, slower than in other Asian countries such as China and India.
JP/Indah SetiawatiPT Deltomed President Director Nyoto Wardoyo said the herbal medicine industry had to comply with the demands on curative products. ...