Monday, April 30, 2007

Jungle remedies

Visiting the riverside village Sei Gohong yesterday, we sat down at a warung or little shop, we were joined by a dukun, someone who knows traditional remedies. This woman daily collects remedies from the jungle, and had come with a bag full of dried roots, leaves and branches. Throwing it down on the ground, she kept our company enthralled for an hour with her stories and recipes for cures for asthma, cancer, diabetes, malaria and stomach problems. Only problem is most of the cures require steeping the dried plants in boiling water and then drinking the fantastically bitter brew.

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