Better than Viagra?

Gendong

India has Ayurveda and China has its traditional Chinese medicine, Indonesia has Jamu.

The World Health Organization estimates that up to 70 percent of Indonesians use Jamu.

Jamu, a traditional herbal drink from Indonesia, is typically sold by women who peddle them in the villages. You can spot a Jamu gendong easily – on her back she carries a huge basket containing bottles of concoctions.

The herbal remedy is now also available in the form of powder, pills, capsules and ointments.

Many Indonesians swear by Jamu; they say Jamu have few or no side effects and can cure or substantially ameliorate almost any disease. An ex-girlfriend from Indonesia even insisted that some Jamu can produce the results that only years of Kegel exercises can produce.

Whether I was able to substantiate that claim will remain a secret I’ll carry to my grave.

The Satoo at Shangri-La Jakarta even has a Jamu woman during lunch time!

I told her I felt fatigued and needed an energy booster, and she went to work, measuring and mixing; in her hand is the concoction she created for me.

It tasted sweet and rather pleasant; I detected traces of honey, ginseng, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cumin, cloves and mint.

If anything it was a most delightful drink, so delightful that I asked for a second round!

Of course my Indonesian colleagues were all teasing me, reminding me that Jamu is more powerful than Viagra, etc.

But that night, I slept like a baby.

I had six shots of Jamu in a recent three-day period.

Better than Viagra? 

The jury’s still out.

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