List of 4 Indonesian herbal medicines and their uses to maintain human health

Ginger, cumin, and cinnamon may be familiar to us. This herb is very easy to find in Southeast Asian countries, especially in Indonesia. However, many still do not know the benefits of the plant for health. Perhaps at this time only a few people who consume it for their health.

Homeopath and Natural Health Practitioner, Tjok Gde Kerthyasa, BHSc (Hom.), ADHom says, in one herbal plant there is usually more than one benefit to the body.

Tjok Gde in a discussion at Deltomed Laboratories Factory in Indonesia said that the advantages of herbs, that is not just one function only. Compounds in herbal medicine are still intact or perfect. Thus, the active compound in its natural form is more easily in sync with the body's metabolic system.

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Of the hundreds of herbs that have been studied the benefits, here are the big 4 that we note.

1. Curcuma zanthorrhiz or Javanese ginger


Curcuma zanthorrhiz is known as a liver or hepatoprotector protector. Part of the plant used is usually the rhizomes or stems that spread under the ground.

Based on the book "Top 100 Indonesian Medicinal Plants" published by the Indonesian Center for R & D Drugs and Traditional Medicines, Ministry of Health, the ginger rhizome contains curcumin, xanthorizol, and essential oils.

In addition to preventing liver disease, stew of temulawak rhizome can improve the performance of bile, while lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.

Tjok Gde says that many people have toxicity problems in the liver because of lifestyle, stress, and diet, they are better consumption of ginger or javan ginger.

Curcuma zanthorrhiz is also believed to relieve joint pain, anti-inflammation, laxatives, to launch milk production in breastfeeding mothers.

2. leafflower, chamberbitter, shatterstone, stonebreaker, gripeweed (Phyllanthus urinaria)


Leaflower including wild plants that are found in fields, rocky soil, and humid forests. Leafflower extract has been clinically tested as an immunomodulator or increased endurance.

In the roots and leaves of leaflower plants turned out to contain many flavonoid compounds. Empirically, leaflower is used to help treat malaria, shed kidney stones, canker sores, to relieve infections or inflammation of the bladder and urinary tract.

3. Black Cumin


Like leafflower, black cumin benefits more to boost immunity. As quoted from the publication of R & D Drugs and Traditional Medicines, Ministry of Health of Indonesia, black cumin contains miristat, miristoleat, pamitoleat, margarine, linoleat, behenat, and also lignoserat acid.

Tjok Gde says that, black cumin for immunity for people who are often exposed to typhoid. This plant is also good for treating gastrointestinal infections.
Black cumin is also antiviral, anticancer, and high antioxidants.

Tjok Gde says that other functions that is, help protect the respiratory system, improve brain function, help overcome insomnia, to protect the body from the effects of stress.

4. Cinnamon


Cinnamon is very popular as a spice or used as a spice for cooking. The material used is bark because it contains trans-cynamaldehide.

Cinnamon is known to help balance blood sugar levels for diabetic patients. In addition, believed to lower cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood circulation, and warm the body.

By knowing these amazing benefits the people should be able to utilize the herbs well.

However, be careful if buying illegal herbal medicines because it can not be ascertained how the manufacturing process and worry there is a mixture of chemicals.


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