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Central Java is blessed with beauty, everywhere we look: from the thousands of temples, fascinating natural beauty, and their ancient traditions. It is truly the heart of Javanese culture. 

One of the most famous Central Javanese traditions is jamu. Since the ancient times of Indonesian kingdoms, herbs and plants have been used to maintain health and cure disease, to fulfill the needs of the royal families.

Temulawak is one of the most important herbs used in many herbal medications. It may look ugly on the outside, but don’t judge the book by its cover; it has a ton of health benefits. Temulawak has been long used to treat heartburn, flatulence, diarrhea, liver disease, and to reduce cholesterol. As Temulawak can only grow in a tropical climate, we are lucky to live in this archipelago with fertile soil, where over 30.000 herbs and plants grow in our own backyard, so we can enjoy its benefits effortlessly. 

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Abdi dalem: some of the guardians of long-lasting Javanese traditions.
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Tjok Gde Kerthyasa observing some freshly-harvested temulawak.
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Behind the Scenes: Natural practitioner Tjok Gde Kerthyasa in a Javanese traditional market.
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In frame: Tjok Gde Kerthyasa and Davy Linggar
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Central Java is blessed with countless natural beauty, which comes with wonderful herbs and plants to be used in natural medication.
In Search of Temulawak
Take a peek at our journey in the search for Temulawak in Central Java.