Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Jamu (IELTS Writing)

Jamu, traditional medicine in Indonesia, is made from herbs such as sugar, mint, and turmeric. Jamu has been made since 700 Century in the Mataram Kingdom era. Technology has made contribution in giving Jamu's new forms such as powder, pills, capsules, or drinking liquid. Jamu is usually sold by women who carry it in a basket (jamu gendong), or in food stall. We can make Jamu by ourselves because the ingredients are easy to get, especially in tropical zone like Indonesia. The ingredients of Jamu depend on people's illness. For example, if you suffer constipation, you can make Jamu from ginger (Zingiber Officinale), Kencur (Kaempferia Galnga), pepper, Adas (Foenicoulum Vulgare Mill), and citrus. On the other hand, if you suffer problems in your menstruation cycles, you can make Jamu from Beluntas leaves (Pluchea Indica), turmeric, java coconut sugar, and sour tamarind - these can cool your body too. Each herb of Jamu's ingredient gives different benefits for your body. For example, Beras Kencur will reduce body ache and sour tamarind will reduce stomachache. There are many kinds of Jamu. You should choose Jamu which meets your needs. 

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