Here are the 9 Most Popular Alternative Medicine in Indonesia


There are many ways to treat a disease, which do not always involve going to the doctor. In fact, there are numerous alternative medicine that you can take in Indonesia. From simple diseases such as colds and flu to preventing life-threatening disease such as high blood sugar levels and high cholesterol.

Here are the most popular alternative treatments that you can get in Indonesia:


Homeopathy is an alternative method of healing where the the practitioner will heal their patients with the source and causes the disease itself. This method of healing depends on the immune system to fix the disease by agitating it. By then, the body will have strengthened immune system to protect itself from infection, increasing the time of healing, and preventing complications without side effects.


Hypnotherapy is done by putting the patient in a trance-like state, blocking any type of distractions. Because of this, the therapist is also able to open up painful memories or give positive suggestions which would benefit and impact the patient. The issues vary from hypnotism for weight loss, memory loss, insomnia, sadness, OCD, stuttering, self confidence, skin problems and anything related to habits.


Gurah is a traditional method to remove mucus from the body using traditional method of herbal remedies. According go the Imogiri people from Yogyakarta, gurah is done by dripping Senggugu leaf extract (Clerodendron Serratum) into the mouth or nose of sinden (Javanese singers) to protect the quality of their voice. As time goes on, the herbs used are not limited to Senggugu leaves, including other types of leaves and even herbs generally used in the kitchen like chilli and turmeric.


Ceragam therapy is therapy using Korean jade stones with infrared technology. The infra red lights can pierce through the body up to 14 cm in several spots so that the body feels warmer. In this case, some parts of the body will be heated using the korean jade stones, improving blood circulation to the body part that has been warmed. All in all, the patients will generally have their muscles relaxed, reduced ache from the therapy, detoxification, and peace of mind.


As an alternative method of healing, cupping is one of the most popular methods. This technique of taking dirty blood can solve a multitude of health issues, especially cholesterol and high blood pressure. Cupping can be categorized into two techniques, one which involves bloodletting and the other lighter version. The ‘wet’ cupping which involves bloodletting is done by cutting up arteries while cupping, in order to completely remove the dirty blood out of the body system. On the other hand, ‘dry’ cupping just involves cupping to treat light symptoms of cold.


Acupuncture is a healing method from China, which is done by piercing needles to the body. The main goal of this treatment is to regulate the flow of ‘chi‘ or flow of ‘life forms’ in the body in order to do perform a multitude of things to the body such as reducing pain, reducing nausea after an operation, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and more. It’s important to note that acupuncture is non-invasive and focuses more on preventing illnesses from developing complications.


Naturopathy uses natural herbs from China and Indonesia and uses medical diagnosis by checking the symptoms on the pulse, tongue, eyes and facial skin. This method of treatment is said to combine the best of modern medical science with natural treatments, in which diagnosis is done with modern methods and natural herbal supplements are used to treat the disease. On the other hand, there are limits in which invasive medical treatments like operations and surgeries cannot be done in naturopathy.


Ayurveda is the oldest form of medicinal treatment in the world, where it was developed more than 3,000 years ago. It’s based on the belief that balance in mind, body and spirit is the key to health and wellness. Rather than fighting disease, it focuses more on maintaining good health. This method focuses on healthy lifestyle through vegetarian diet, relaxation and using herbal medicine.

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Some disease and treatments can be done at home and do not necessarily need to meet the doctor. Instead, medicine can be found in your home or backyard. Indonesians believe in the power of the herbs in order to treat simple illnesses such as colds, flu and fever.ย Medicinal plants that that is generally planted areย ginger, turmeric, ginger, betel, and many more.

Rather than go to a doctor, there are many people in Indonesia who still prefer to follow the alternative route of healing. At times, following through with alternative medication can still be effective to those who are feeling sick and unwell.

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