The Jakarta Post
Herbal medicines, locally known as 'jamu', have good prospects both in the domestic and international markets, says President Joko 'Jokowi' 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.
'I have consumed ginger curcuma every morning for more than 17 years. I buy it myself from the market,' he said as quoted by kompas.com.
Jokowi admitted that consuming ginger curcuma enabled him to go about his daily activities well and repaired damage to the liver and digestive functions.
'Ginger curcuma is very good and after consuming it we feel better,' he said as quoted by kompas.com.
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)(+++)