What is Jamu?

Jamu simply means Medicine in Malay-Indonesian language. It is basically herbal medicine made from natural materials, such as parts of plants such as roots, leaves, bark, and fruit and to be consumed or applied. Jamu has gained popularity in Western Medicine in 18th Century when pharmacological and botanical research was done in treating diseases with the slogan “Back to Nature” using only natural herbs. These plants are found abundantly in Southeast Asia and are still in practice till today for its effectiveness.

Below Are The Commonly Used Ingredients in Jamu

Ginger

Zhingiberis Rhizoma (Ginger)

The therapeutic properties is used in the treatment of fractures, rheumatism, arthritis, bruising, carbuncles, nausea, hangovers, motion sickness, colds and flu, fever, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, sores on the skin, sore throat, diarrhoea, colic digestive upsets, and lethargy. It is especially good for poor circulation and against cramps, chill and muscles aches.

Fennel

Foeniculli Fructus (Fennel)

fennel jamu mummys massageIt is a remedy for digestive complaints such as flatulence, constipation, colic, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, dyspepsia and hiccups, especially useful for bloated stomach and excess wind. It has a cleansing and toning effect on the skin, helping with bruises, sorting out overly oily skin and to fight wrinkles in more mature complexions. Because of its estrogenic properties, it is known for increasing insufficient milk in nursing mothers. It also good for obesity as it promotes that ‘full feeling’ and has a diuretic effect that helps to remove excess water, thus break down cellulite.

Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citrates (Lemongrass)

Lemongrass revitalizes the body and relieves the symptoms of nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions because it boosts the parasympathetic nervous system, which is a boon when recovering from illness, as it also stimulates glandular secretions. It is useful with respiratory infections such as sore throats, laryngitis and fever and helps prevent spreading of infectious diseases. It is helpful with colitis, indigestion and gastro-enteritis. Lemongrass helps tone the muscles and tissue, relieves muscle pains by making the muscle more supple. It helps with correcting poor circulation and assists in clearing cellulite as well as skin toning.

Clove

Caryophylli Folium (Clove)

Clove is particularly a native plant of Indonesia. It can be used for acne, bruises, burns and cuts, keeping infection at bay and as a pain reliever. It is beneficial to the digestive system, effective against vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence, spasms and parasites, and to assist with asthma, bronchitis, chills, colds, muscular numbness, spasms, rheumatism and arthritis.

Turi

Sesbaniae Grandiflora (Turi)

It is a tonic and an antipyretic that is used as a remedy for gastric troubles, colic with diarrhea and dysentery. It has anti inflammation properties which are good for swelling, bruises, sprains, rheumatism and itching. It is believe believed to have antibiotic, anthelmintic, antitumour and contraceptive properties

Malay Jamu Massage Singapore

Watch this video below to understand what is postnatal massage and how we have infused jamu as part of our treatment in our postnatal massage programs.

What is Malay Jamu Massage?

Jamu Massage is a part of holistic care practice of the Malay-Indonesian culture that has existed for hundreds of year and still being practiced till this day for its effectiveness. Jamu Massage Singapore is mostly associated with Postnatal Care Practices. It has many different components that makes an authentic “Jamu Massage” than merely utilising some Jamu Products.

Components of Jamu Massage in Postnatal Care

1. The Postnatal Jamu Massage Technique

Jamu postnatal massage technique requires a special skill with a proper set of training to perform effectively. Unlike a typical normal whole body Swedish Massage you normally get in any spa, Jamu Massage has its own unique sets of techniques and moves, one of which is a popular sought after technique called sengkak to reposition the uterus back in place.

2. The Use of Heat Therapy

Jamu Massage has a very important emphasis on using Heat Therapy as part of the healing process during the postnatal care period. It compromised of many treatments, such as Mandi Mandian (Herbal Bath), Bertungku / Bertuam (Hot Compress) Ganggang/ Ratus (Feminine Vaginal Spa) where it uses different tools and accessories on different parts of the body for different therapeutic purposes.

3. The Use of Jamu

A special blend of chosen ingredients are used to concoct differently depending on the different usage for postnatal mothers. For consumption, a special blend of dried leaves and roots are bring brewed called Ubat Periuk wheres different Jamu is used to be applied on the different parts of body; such as Tapel for the abdomen, Pilis for the forehead and Param for the other part of the body.

4. Bengkung (Slimming Wraps)

Bengkung is an essential part of Jamu Massage for the postnatal care where it compromises of a long at least 6 metres cloth, made from a study plant material, that is used to wrap tightly around the abdomen. Prior to this, the Jamu Tapel, is applied on the abdomen. It requires a lot of skill for a massage therapist to properly put on the Bengkung  and it has to be used for at least 8 hours a day.

5. Pantang (Restrictions)

Jamu Massage is not complete without performing the rituals that comes with Postnatal care. As mentioned earlier, Jamu Massage is a holistic care which involves the proper customs including observing the confinement period not to leave the house, consuming of “hot food”, no drinking of cold icy drinks, wearing of socks at all times to name a few.

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