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Bali Usada: A Balinese Healing Tradition Going Back to Nature

Bali UsadaGoing back to nature is the term now growing in the Hindu healing system in Bali. More and more people are likely to choose the eco-friendly and affordable healing system. In addition, they also want to preserve the healing tradition inherited from the ancestors from time immemorial. So do not be surprised, if in Bali the eco-friendly healers appear in numbers.

Ida Ayu Rusmarini is one of them. The woman born November 9, 1960 is highly focused on herbal medicine, so she is worth calling a healer. Since her childhood she has a hobby of medicinal plants, reading palm-leaf manuscripts, planting herbs and finding out the function of unknown plants that have not had a name yet. Due to her hard work, she was able to identify a variety of Balinese herbs.

According to the wife of I Wayan Damai, the current life is much influenced by environmental pollution, namely the pollution of air, food and environment. She saw people suffered from many diseases. At first, it was contaminated by chemical substances and then it was resistant and unable to be handled medically. “I seek to utilize the polluted environment to be empowered to produce herbs,” said Laboratory Subdivision Head of the Gianyar Environment Agency (BLH).

Formerly, our ancestors were rich with medicinal plants published through the palm-leaf manuscripts. “I think why we do not try it or do the same as our ancestors did. We do not have to be dependent on foreign products whereas our products are very useful. Even, they have been proved very accurate for the healing,” said this mother of three children seriously.

The plants growing around us could serve as very efficacious drugs. For example, centella leaf or jatropha’s twig could be used for healing blisters. Bignay fruit was efficacious for treating dengue fever because it contained vitamin C ten times as many. “Bignay is also great for roadside greening as it can absorb toxic substances through the leaves,” said the greening instructor calmly.

Meanwhile, neem leaf was useful for capturing, serving as antidote and cleansing the kidneys. By consuming neem leaves continually every day, our kidneys would be clean. From her experience, she found many people being poisoned and resistant to chemical drugs. There were also many new diseases that could not be cured by medicine. “After returning to nature, they can get recovery. In essence, it is better for us to use trees, leaves, fruits and tubers as a drug,” said the winner of Kehati Award 2012 for the category of Sustainable Care together with the Putri Toga Turus Lumbung of Puri Damai.

The woman living at Tunon hamlet, Singakerta village, Gianyar, looks like a traditional healer, but she has applied modern approach and practices. Patients come by bringing some offerings. Then, she prays to God and does reflection to know the type of their illness. After knowing the illness, she will know the medicine. “Lately, I deal with complicated cases related to the health of kidney, lung and diabetes,” she said.
(BTN/015)

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