Monday, November 06, 2006
posted by Selba at 9:08 AM

Jamu is an Indonesian traditional herbal medicine.

There are a lot kind of jamu, i.e:
galian singset — weight reduction
beras kencur (from rice, sand ginger and brown sugar) — cough, fatigue
temulawak (from curcuma) — for liver disease
gula asem (from tamarind and brown sugar) — rich in vitamin C
kunyit asam (from tamarind, turmeric) — for skin care

I've been wanting to take a picture of a tukang jamu for a long time because I think it's pretty interesting but these days, it's not really easy to snap them since they become rarely (the young generation tukang jamus prefer to ride a bike while selling their jamu).
Those old generation of tukang jamu, they walk around in their neighbourhoud, carry those heavy bottles of jamu on their back and try their best to sell it.
I'm so happy when I saw this tukang jamu because when I asked her whether I could take a picture of her, she was very nice and also cooperative.

At Monday, November 06, 2006 10:22:00 AM, Blogger Wayne

the lady was like back packing a rocket launcher. lolx But she's good! tough and hardworking... hmmm...


At Monday, November 06, 2006 11:50:00 AM, Blogger cp1

5 thumbs up for indonesian jamu


At Monday, November 06, 2006 11:52:00 AM, Blogger cp1

it is so authentic..very malaysia now a days everything goes into the such thing as you have potrayed in blog

by the way, temulawak is also for arm pit kan?? hehehe correct me if im wrong


At Monday, November 06, 2006 1:26:00 PM, Blogger The Moody Minstrel

What would you say about the quality of traditional herbal medicine? Do you use it? Would you recommend it? Is its use still widespread?

(Another bronze? Yay!)


At Monday, November 06, 2006 1:36:00 PM, Blogger Selba

wayne: LOL, yup, I really do think that those ladies - jamu sellers are very tough :)

cp1: hehehe, do you also drink jamu?
Uhmm.. I'm not so sure whether temulawak can also for arm pit but yes beside for liver disease, it's also to clean the blood.

MM: well, for people in the small villeages, most of them are still consuming jamu as medicine. A lot of old jamu recipes comes from the royal families in Java island. Yes, sometimes I also drink jamu like kunyit asam (tamarin & tumeric).
Yup, you got BRONZE, congrats :)


At Monday, November 06, 2006 2:02:00 PM, Anonymous PinkPanther

Why those bottles are so large?

Could tourists found them in the shopping Centre?

Do they exported to another country? many questions. :-p


At Monday, November 06, 2006 2:49:00 PM, Blogger Selba

pinkpanther: don't worry, I would glad to answer to your question, I suppose I should put more information about this jamu, but I'm just too lazy, hehehe.

Why the bottles are so large? so the lady need to go back home all the time to re-fills the bottles.

I doubt that tourist can find liquid jamu in shopping centre because jamu is traditional herbal medicine but yes, people can buy the dried powder or capsule in supermarket.

Export? Yes, definitely jamu has been export to some countries like Malaysia, Singapore and even to Japan :)

Would you like to try jamu? I can send it to you.


At Monday, November 06, 2006 6:40:00 PM, Blogger Red Sponge

You ever try those jamu when you are sick? Does it work?

Maybe can copy down the "recipe" for future reference.

I mean it is a waste that all these jamu just disappear when the older generation gone.


At Monday, November 06, 2006 9:46:00 PM, Blogger cp1

well during my 44 days of confinement, yes i did..its nasty. thank god it is in capsule or else i might need tranquilizer khi khi khi


At Monday, November 06, 2006 10:14:00 PM, Anonymous Mr.Goober

hehehe..cute..she looks very classic :P

so this is what we call, mobile pharmacy?


At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 12:21:00 AM, Anonymous zeroimpact

Now I want the one with vitamin C
It's just so rare nowadays to find these gems


At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 10:08:00 AM, Blogger Selba

red sponge: yes, I did try some of it and it works ok, but I think I prefer modern medicine :)
Uhmmm.. I think I have a book of the general jamu's recipes.

cp1: Oh.. you did! Wow... yes, a lot of Indonesian women also do it, and they say, it really help :)

mr.goober: hahaha.. mobile pharmacy that sounds cute :)

zeroimpact: the one with vit. C? the simple "jamu" with vit. c:
1 glass warm water plus 1 tbs honey and 1 lime.


At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 12:34:00 PM, Blogger PhotoCrazy

I tot you are going for the 'galian singset'.. hehehe.. better not.. have you recover from your upset tummy?


At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 1:24:00 PM, Blogger Selba

photocrazy: LOL
I did try the galian singset but it didn't really work to me, better use the diet pills :P
So far, no more upset tummy :)


At Monday, March 17, 2008 8:11:00 PM, Anonymous bud

i think jamu is good only to maintain general health and not really for medication