Param, the Timeless Traditional Javanese Herbs

"Param is a type of traditional body care that has survived up until now. So, what makes some people still maintain the use of param as a medical therapy?"

Published by : Kurnia HD  -  07/01/2021 08:55 WIB

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Quoted from perpusnas.go.id, param comes from the Javanese language, parem, which means a mixture of rice and kencur (galangal) or other spices for body scrubbing. Param is a traditional herb that is used as an external medicine by lathering it onto the skin.

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According to Poerwadarminta, quoted from perpusnas.go.id, param itself is divided into 2 types, depending on the function and the place where each is placed. The two types of param are tapel and pilis. Tapel is a type of param used on the stomach. Generally, tapel is used by postpartum mothers to reduce pain and get the stomach in shape again. However, mothers who have a cesarean delivery are not advised to use tapel.

In addition to param for the stomach (tapel), there is param that is applied to the forehead. Param of this type is known as pilis. Pilis can be used by pregnant women or postpartum mothers by lathering it on the forehead. Quoted from ayahbunda.co.id, pilis is useful for relieving dizziness, maintaining eye health, treating headaches, and preventing the rise of white blood cells to the head.

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This highly beneficial traditional herb is still exists today and is used to treat several health complaints. Types of param then developed, if the previous two param was intended for postpartum mothers, now it is also common for us to find param that is used to treat body aches and fatigue. This Param can is safe for ages and genders. In fact, quoted from solopos.com, param can overcome rheumatism and stroke problems.

Generally, various types of spices can be processed into param. We can make param from ginger, lemongrass, cloves and so on. Sarimin (in solopos.com) states that param contains active compounds that can cause warmth, because it seeps into the pores of the skin, when using ginger as the base ingredient. In addition, the eugenol compound contained in clove-based param is able to increase blood flow and become a natural antioxidant for the body.

Along with the benefits and efficacy of param for postpartum mothers as mentioned above, there are also opinions that do not recommend the use of param or tapel on the abdomen and breasts of postpartum mothers. This is because the stomach and breasts have relatively weak muscle tissue.

Responding to these two differences of view, pregnant or postpartum women should consult their doctor first before using param tapel and pilis. Meanwhile, param to treat fatigue and aches is safe for use by pregnant or postpartum women.