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Red ginger widely used in Indonesia as fears about Coid-19 grows

Demand for red ginger supplements has increased sharply lately, amid growing fears about the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, as people believe the plant can boost the immune system, a senior executive of a pharmaceutical company has said. Publicly listed Kalbe Farma has increased production of the herbal supplement made from red ginger extract by about 50 percent to meet the increase in demand for such supplements, the company’s president director Vidjongtius said.

The Jakarta Post , Thu, March 12, 202

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Indigenous remedies in Indonesia

Indonesians turn to traditional remedies to fend off COVID-19

JAKARTA: Traditional remedies are widely sought after in Indonesia as concern grows over the COVID-19 outbreak.

Javanese turmeric, red ginger, lemongrass and cinnamon – the ingredients needed to make traditional herbal drink jamu – are selling fast in wet markets, with their prices jumped up to 150 per cent last week.

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Fertility and Sexuality

Most of us have heard of India’s Kama Sutra and Tunisia’s Perfumed Garden. Every ancient agricultural society has its own celebration of fertility, sensual pleasure, and romance.

Java is no exception. But with the advent of sociopolitical conservatism in Indonesia, it is hard to imagine the existence of a Javanese sex book that “keeps it real” without losing its civilised finesse and religious compass.

Serat Centhini is a poetic anthology of Javanese tales and wisdom, commissioned by Prince Pakubuwono V of the Surakarta Sunanate in 1814. In the interest of compiling a written record of the entire Javanese cultural heritage, the Prince sent two royal scribes on a journey across Java, and another one to Mecca.

“Sex can make one love or hate another,” said Kestity. “To have a harmonious relationship, a couple needs a healthy sex life. It guarantees the happiness of the family, and is one of life’s purposes. That’s why in his pre-adulthood journey, Cabolang searches for his identity and soul mate.”

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Jamu is a creation of the local, native Malay people whose lives have been touched by Nature. Originating in South East Asia, Jamu is the beating pulse of the Javanese.


They then pass the secrets of these Jamu recipes down from generation to generation.