What is Jamu Massage?

The origins of Jamu postnatal massage is traced back to Indonesia, and is ideal for the post childbirth stage. The purpose of this massage is to help the mother recuperate after the strains of childbirth and naturally regain her health.

A Jamu massage is prepared from an interesting blend of healing plants and herbs. The unique feature of this massage is its natural healing property. Usually a gentle and aromatic oil such as lemongrass oil is used during a Jamu massage- the effect is absolutely rejuvenating. Other common ingredients used for this massage are turmeric, betel leaves, and lime. All these ingredients create a well-balanced and soothing effect, leaving you thoroughly satisfied and relaxed. The massage helps to encourage blood circulation, repel “wind” from the body, which is believed to be the cause of rheumatism and inexplicable aches as mother ages. The main purpose of a Jamu massage is to help the new mom get back into shape and stay healthy as she brings up children.

Caryophylli Folium (Clove, 丁香)

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, diarrhea, flatulence, spasms and parasites, and to assist with asthma, bronchitis, chills, colds, muscular numbness, spasms, rheumatism and arthritis.

Postnatal massage in Asia

The word “Jamu” means herbs in the Malay language. The traditional jamu post natal massage originates from South East Asia before the 17th century where its central theme is on restoring the well being of mothers using traditional herbs and massage treatment. This knowledge has been passed down from generations to generations and due to its amazing benefits to women who have just given birth; it is now a very popular treatment in South East Asia.

Massages have always been a part of Asian lifestyle and postnatal massage has been around for a long time. Jamu postnatal massage is one of the most well known massages recommended for the comfort and relief of new moms trying to recuperate to normal health and life. It is common in most Asian countries to undergo a postnatal massage for around 40 days at a stretch following childbirth.

Cymbopogon citrates (Lemongrass,香茅)

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.

Foeniculli Fructus (Fennel, 茴香)

It 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.

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, diarrhea, colic digestive upsets, and lethargy. It is especially good for poor circulation and against cramps, chill and muscles aches.

Sesbaniae Grandiflora (Turi, 大花田菁)

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.

Amylum Oryzae (Rice, )

This common Asian rice is most commonly mixed with other herbs to increase their medicinal effects. It is used to treat stomach upsets, ingestion nausea, diarrhea and indigestion. With high in Vitamin E group of compounds and minerals, its moisturizing and antioxidant properties are related to anti-ageing which is good for the skin.

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