There is an interesting finding in Lombok related to traditional medication namely Belian Sasak. Belian Sasak is a person who gives traditional medication that is believed to cure the disease and still last until now and go hand in hand with modern medication. This simple medication can be an alternative for all people. This medication is inherited from the ancestor and maintained a tradition of the Sasak tribe in Lombok.
Belian Sasak only inherits his knowledge and capability to the descendant. However, not all of his descendants are willing to accept and continue the tradition and practice. This raises concern among the community since if it is left then the knowledge and skills related to traditional medication will vanish.
In supporting the preservetion of traditional medicine and medicinal plants, YSI seeks to encourage the community to actively re-maintain this tradition. This encouragement and reinforcement is carried out by accompanying Village Health Volunteers to identify medicinal plants found around their environment. This make the community aware of the banefit of medicinal plants.
Thus, medicinal plants training is held. This training involves 30 Village Health Volunteers from 4 villages; Santong, Santong Mulia, Kayangan and Sesait. There are two methods done in that training that are transect and Focus Group Discussion. In the transect method, identification is limited to 100 m2 of the surrounding area to make it effective. Then it is followed by a focus group discussion to discuss identification of results and how to prepare the traditional medicine. Identified medicinal plants thus documented to be used for family and the community. Although not all participants understand about traditional medicine by this training they recognize it and hopefully they will elaborate the knowledge and skills.
From the identification, participant found 59 medicinal plants. As processed they got 36 traditional medicine potions for several diseases. For example: Ciplukan or Physalis angulata for jaundice, twice a day daily; Bebele leave and kaempferia galanga for urticaria. Another interesting thing is the location of the training, Pande Lauk Well hamlet in Sesait Village, which is located in the middle of other villages thus reachable. Moreover, the diversity of medicinal plants found can represent the types of medicinal plants in the Lombok Sasak Tribe Society that have been identified by the training participants. Hopefully, this process is followed by other villages so broadening the reach of participants and the diversity of traditional medicine found to be shared with the community. (Yok)