|The Dukun, Balian in Balinese
A "Balian" means a healer in Balinese language. Each of them has some specific
capabilities ranging from healing bone injuries and various physical pains to
healing sufferings located on a psychological level. According to the Balian
body and soul are working together and should be treated all together.
Treatments include special healing massages, meditation, exorcism, special
diets and some things that in the modern world we would consider as "magic".
Well, this is no “magic” but an ancestral knowledge of using the invisible
powers around us. Falling in love is a good example that we have all
experienced: there is often not much to explain about it and might be
considered as "magic", isn't it?
There are many specialists: Dukun Bayi-Midwives, Pijat-Masseurs, Prewangan-Mediums,
Petungan-Numerologists, Sihir-Sorcerers, Susuk-Specialist who cure by
inserting golden needles under the skin, Japa-Curers who rely on spells, Jampi-Curers
who employ herbs and other native medicines (remedies), Siwer,terang,-Specialists
in preventing natural misfortune. (keeping rain away, Tiban-Curers with
temporary powers as a result of being entered by a spirit, Temanten-Wedding
When you look in the gardens from the Dukuns
you find many medical plants.
An important tree there is the Morinda Citrifolia,
The painkiller tree, pohon Menkudu....
Various parts of the tree (leaves, flowers, fruits, bark, roots) serve as
tonics and to contain fever, to treat eye and skin problems, gum and throat
problems as well as constipation, stomach pain, or respiratory difficulties,
heated noni leaves applied to the chest are believed to relieve coughs,
nausea, or colic. The noni fruit is taken, for asthma, lumbago, and dysentery.
As for external uses, unripe fruits can be pounded, then mixed with salt and
applied to cut or broken bones, ripe fruits are applied to draw out pus from
an infected boil. The green fruit, leaves and the root/rhizome have
traditionally been used to treat menstrual cramps and irregularities, among
other symptoms, while the root has also been used to treat urinary
And so you have hundreds of special plants in the jungle......
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