The Ubaya Faculty Of Pharmacy Student Wins Jamu Gendong Competition

The University of Surabaya (Ubaya) student once again recorded a great achievement in a national competition. Chikita Alifia Muzakom (The Ubaya Faculty of Pharmacy student) won the second position in the Jamu Gendong (Carried Herbal Medicine Drink) competition held by UPT Materia Medica Health Office East Java Province. The competition was held at Jalan Lahor, Pesanggrahan Village, Batu City, on Thursday (5/7/2018).
This competition is held every two years aims to increase the production of herbal medicine and increase consumption of herbal medicine in the community. This time, the competition is followed by dozens of participants from different backgrounds. Participants are divided into two categories of general and students. They are required to wear Javanese traditional clothes along with basket and hat attributes made of rattan material during the competition. Chikita said, to join the competition, she must prepare fresh ingredients to mix herbs independently without the help of others.
“To make herbal medicine, I do a lot of experiments and read books about the benefits of various herbal medicine ingredients. Definitely, all the ingredients used have been tested in the lab,” said this 7th-semester student.
The criteria of the competition are based on the factors of cleanliness, the way of processing, and the recipe used for the Jamu. To make slimming jamu, she uses ginger, lemongrass, honey, lemon, and cinnamon. For the formula of muscle ache jamu, she uses turmeric, ginger, kaempferia galanga, cloves, cinnamon, and palm sugar.
Chikita said the competition gave her a lot of pressure. Given the competitors come from various high schools, universities, and professionals. Yet, that does not reduce her spirits to compete. Additionally, in the competition, participants are asked to simulate the making of herbal medicine by using fresh ingredients that have been prepared from home.
The student who also actively involves in the Student Study Group (KSM) PIPOT is proud to participate in developing herbal medicines. “I feel proud because I can promote the name of Ubaya. The campus is also very supportive,” Chikita said. Later her muscle ache and slimming herbal medicines will be used in Meteria Medica café as its herbal medicine menu. (ee)

Source :