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What Are the Medical Uses of Ramuan?

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Ramuan, which means "mixture," is a traditional herbal medicine that is prepared from a blend of many different herbs that come from the rainforests of Malaysia. The Malaysian rainforests are notable for their biodiversity, and, in an effort to protect them, the Malaysian government encourages and supports indigenous initiatives in herbal cultivation. The herbs that are used to prepare ramuan have traditionally been used in Malaysia for centuries to enhance health and beauty. This mixture is regularly used in Malaysian spas and beauty treatment centers; it is possible to buy these products online or in regular health stores.

To make ramuan, an assortment of leaves, stems, barks, flowers, fruits and roots from different medicinal plants are collected and blended together to form a harmonious mix. Achieving harmony is one of the key features of this type of medicine. The resulting herbal preparation can be used to treat a variety of ailments, or to ensure continuing good health. The blend is also often referred to as rempah ratus.

A herbal extract called Eurycoma longifolia or Tongkat Ali is often used in this mixture. It is known to bring about increased testosterone levels, and it is used in ramuan products meant to improve sexual vigor or to treat sexual issues in men. Tongkat Ali has also been found to be useful in improving the overall condition of the skin. It is commonly used as an ingredient in preparing creams, face masks and other beauty products.

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Labisia pumila or Kacip Fatimah is another herb that can be usually found in ramuan traditional medicine. This herb is prescribed to women to promote better hormonal balance and to treat gynecological health issues. Labisia pumila is also known to be conducive to emotional well-being.

Since ramuan is usually made of herbs that are safe and edible, it is often used as a seasoning in Malaysian food recipes. A tea brewed from the herbal mix is also popular, and is recommended as a soothing drink for easing tiredness or calming the nerves. The tea is said to work as a detoxifying agent and has been found to be particularly useful for cleansing the colon. Drinking this tea or taking other ramuan supplements every day can prove to be quite beneficial, but, of course, as with all medicines and particularly if there are any existing health conditions, it is advisable to consult a doctor beforehand.

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