Reduce Menstruation Pain Tonic

kunyit asem
Makes one portion

‘Jamu’, Indonesian tonic is popularly sold by women that will carry them with a straw basket on their head or on their side. They will prepare it at home from dawn and sell it in the afternoon when the weather is cooler. One of the ladies favorites is ‘Jamu Kunyit Asem’, made out of turmeric and tamarind. It is believed to relief pain during menstruation and reduce its odor. Other benefits includes decreasing fever, reduce heatiness, and medicate sprue.


4 cm turmeric
1/2 tbs pitted tamarind
1 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp sugar
300 ml boiled water
one lemon wedge, take the juice

How to prepare:
-crush the turmeric slightly open
-add a stick and grill it slightly on gas
-place it in a cup
-add pitted tamarind, brown sugar, sugar, and boiled water
-mix well
-add lemon juice


6 thoughts on “Reduce Menstruation Pain Tonic

  1. Dear mama Miyuki,
    Thank you for your post. I heard about the reputation of kencur and temu lawak. To maximize the health benedit can we just throw in a few roots of each or maybe there are more elaborate mixing rules?

    Thank you for sharing

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