Kamis, 03 September 2009

Bungklang Bungkling: J A M U

Diambil dari kolom ‘Bungklang Bungkling’, 'JAMU’, di harian Bali Post,
Minggu, 30 Agustus 2009, oleh I Wayan Juniartha.

Diterjemahkan oleh Putu Semiada

 


J A M U


Jamu apakah yang paling enak?
“Sebenarnya yang paling enak bukanlah jamunya, tetapi penjualnya,” seloroh I Madé Jaruh Paruh (I Madé Otak Ngeres).
Matanya sayu, senyumnya nakal.
Para anggota peminum tuak semuanya menggeleng-gelengkan kepala. Mereka kagum terhadap I Madé karena topik apapun yang dibicarakan dia akan berusaha mengarahkan ke hal-hal yang porno.
“Kalau aku mendapat dagang jamu, maka rasa letih, lesu, lemah syahwat, serta masuk angin akan hilang. Hanya masalahnya rematik pada lutut saya kumat karena terus mesti ‘bekerja keras’,” tambah I Madé.
Lagi-lagi anggota para peminum tuak geleng-geleng kepala. Kalau I Madé diberikan kesempatan berbicara, bisa-bisa sampai pagi I Madé akan membicarakan hal-hal yang porno.
“Yang paling enak sebenarnya adalah beras kencur, apalagi kalau ditambahkan es, bisa membuat lidah menari-nari,” I Wayan Basang Bedag (I Wayan Perut Buncit) menyela.
Pada dasarnya mereka sedang membicarakan masalah pengobatan herbal. Maklum ongkos dokter dan biaya menebus obat di apotik semakin mahal.
“Sekarang, jika kita sakit perut dan pergi ke dokter, pasti kita disuruh menebus obat di apotik. Memang sakit perut kita hilang, tapi sakit kepalanya mucul karena pusing memikirkan biaya untuk dokter dan menebus obat,” kata I Wayan.
Itu namanya menghindari tukang kredit tapi malah bertemu dengan tukang pukul.
“Sekarang aku minum ‘loloh’ kayu manis (jamu segar dari daun kayu manis) setiap pagi dan malamnya minum ‘arak’ supaya badanku hangat,” I Wayan bercerita.
Mereka semua menggeleng-gelengkan kepala. Zaman semakin krisis, sepertinya semua orang mesti berhemat. Biasanya membawa Hp empat, sekarang cukup dua saja. Biasanya minum multivitamin impor, sekarang cukup telur yang didapat dari ayam yang dipeliharanya di rumah.
“Apalagi mencari kayu manis gampang sekali, aku tinggal memetik saja di ladang. Jadi tidak perlu biaya besar untuk membuat loloh, paling perlu biaya untuk membeli gula dan asam saja,” I Wayan bercerita.
Bagi I Wayan, membikin loloh juga tidak perlu mengeluarkan tenaga, karena yang memetik daun, meremas daun hingga jadi adalah istrinya sendiri.
“Apalagi sekarang jamu dan obat-obatan herbal tradisional semakin kelihatan manfaatnya, dan tidak kalah khasiatnya,” I Kadek Boreh Anget (I Kadek Jamu Manjur) menyela.
Bahkan sudah ada obat tradisional yang bisa menyembuhkan penyakit ganas, seperti kanker dan diabetes.
“Semestinya kita semua bersama-sama belajar masalah obat tradisional, semacam boreh (semacam parem), loloh dan jamu. Siapa tahu suatu saat kita tidak membutuhkan obat impor lagi.”
Mereka mengangguk-angguk, kecuali I Madé.
“Waduh, jangan keras-keras ngomong masalah ini. Jika memang loloh, boreh dan jamunya benar-benar mujarab, sebentar lagi akan dicuri oleh Malaysia lalu dipatenkan dan diakui sebagai miliknya,” I Madé menyela.
Jika jamunya sampai mejadi milik Malaysia, tentu susah buat I Madé mendapatkan penjual jamu lagi.
“Jika penjual jamunya hanya bisa berbahasa Melayu, bagaimana caranya aku mesti merayunya?”


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J A M U
(Traditional Herbal Medicine)

What kind of jamu tastes best?
“It’s not the jamu that tastes good, but the jamu seller,” says I Madé Jaruh Paruh (I Madé Extremely Dirty Mind).
His eyes are half-open and he smiles naughtily.
Everybody is shaking their heads. They are all amazed by Made as he knows any topic they discuss, especially porn things.
“If I get a jamu seller, I will always be excited, and my fatigue will be gone. The only problem that I might have is my knees. They will be weak as I have to work hard to please the jamu seller,” says I Madé.
Everybody shakes their heads harder. They think that if they let I Made keeps talking about porn things, he will never stop.
“The most delicious thing, I think, is beras kencur, with a little bit ice. Delicious!” says I Wayan Basang Bedag (I Wayan Big Belly).
As a matter of fact, they are talking about herbal medicine. They all know that doctors and medicine are getting more and more expensive.
“When you have a stomach-ache and you go see a doctor, he will ask you to get medicine at the drugstore. Your stomach-ache will be gone but you will have a headache as you keep thinking of the money you spend for the doctor and medicine,” says I Wayan.
Under these circumstances it seems that you don’t have any choice.
“I only drink cinnamon juice in the morning, to be healthy but drink palm wine in the afternoon to warm my body, I Wayan tells his friend.
His friends just laugh. Since the economic crisis, everybody is trying to reduce their expenses. Before, I Madé brought 4 mobiles, now he just brings 2. Also he used to consume import multivitamins, but now he just consumes eggs that he gets from the chickens he has in his house.
“You know, it’s easy for me to get cinnamon leaves in the field. So it costs me nothing. I just need to buy some sugar and tamarind,” says I Wayan.
I Wayan doesn’t really need to try hard to make herbal juice. All are done by his wife.
“And the curing power of the herbal blend has been proved,” says I Kadek Boréh Anget (I Kadek Hot Herbal Scrub).
Now there are traditional herbal medicines that have curing power against big diseases, such as cancer and diabetes.
“We should start learning more about traditional medicine, such as boréh (herbal scrub), loloh (herbal juice), jamu (traditional herbal medicine). Who knows we might not need imported medicines anymore in future.
Everyone nods, but I Madé.
Please do not talk too loud when you discuss on this kind of issue. If our traditional medicines are really reliable, I am afraid Malaysia will claim them as theirs,” I Madé interrupts.
If the jamu becomes Malaysia’s property, I Made will have a problem to get a jamu seller.
“If she only speaks Malay, how can I seduce her?”