Massive explorations that are done by certain parties to purwaceng plant make the plant, which is believed to improve men’s sexual performance, to be scarce and protected by Indonesian government. Even jamu manufacturers that want to use purwaceng as a main ingredient should have their own purwaceng gardens.
“Purwaceng is a scarce plant, it is set as a protected plant,” Chief of Balai Besar Penelitian dan Pengembangan Tanaman Obat dan Obat Tradisional (B2P2TOOT) Indah Yuning Prapti in Karanganyar, Saturday (11/10) as quoted from Timlo.net.
Indah added that to preserve the plant that is mostly found in Dieng, Wonosobo, Central Java, Ministry of Health planned to cultivate this plant in Lawu Mount, especially in Tawangmangu, Karanganyar, Central Java. The reason Tawangmangu is chosen is that it has the same height and temperature as Dieng.
“With the height 1,700 meters above the sea level, Tawangmangu has almost the same temperature as Dieng area and is very suitable to cultivate this plant,” she said.
Purwaceng cultivation will involve about 140 farmers. They will be asked to plan purwaceng according to the standard that will be made. The purpose is to make the substances in the plants to be similar, so the dosage measurements will be easier.
According to Indah, purwaceng has benefits to improve testosterone level. Jamu that is made from Purwaceng has become favorite jamu for men who want to improve their libidos. “It can be added with temulawak to make body fitter,” she explained.
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