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Herbal Remedy for Intestinal Worm

Updated on February 17, 2011

Intestinal Worms and Children's health

Intestinal worms are commonly found among children. The common worms are roundworms (Ascaris lumbricoides) and the whipworms (Trichuris trichiura). These worms should be eliminate from stomach to help children to grow healthily. In developed countries, modern medicines are available to cure children who have worms in their stomachs. For indigenous tribes in in Arfak mountains West Papua, to kill the worms, they use a particular species of green plant as herbal medicine which they call in their local language as Sesbou.

How to use Sesbow plant to kill the intestinal worms

  1. Parts of the plant that are used to kill the intestinal worms are tuber and root.
  2. Before using the Sesbou' root, the plant has to be cleaned or rinsed with water.
  3. After that we cut the roots and grate or pound them with a hard object made of wood or pestle.
  4. The grated roots need to be squeezed to separate the extract from the fiber. Its color is usually white. It is very powerful medicine.
  5. If we want to use it for children, we need to add some warm water to lower the concentration of the extract so that it will be safe for them.
  6. The liquid of sesbou can now be given to children who suffer from intestinal worm. One tea-spoon full of Sesbou extract is enough to kill the worms.

Other application of Sesbou plant as traditional medicine of Papuan indigenous people

Well, the application of Sesbou plant is not limited to cure chidlren from intestinal worms, its leaves are also good for accelerating the release of pus from abscess. Just cover the abscess with one leaf of the Sesbou plant and in a few days it will release the pus and the wound it creates will heal fast.

Local Wisdom as an Attractive Point for Eco-tourism Promotion

I am writing this short article to promote eco-tourism for this village. Tourists who come to Kwau village can enjoy the natural beauty of the Arfak mountains that are still covered with trees. Inside the forest, various kinds of birds and mammals live in them. So, besides studying herbal medicine that is usually practiced by the villagers, tourists can also enjoy bird watching where magnificent birds of paradise perform courtship dance and bower birds decorate their stage to attract female birds. Ecotourism scheme which is based on herbal medicine study and birdwatching is very effective in supporting indigenous Papuan to protect and preserve their forest.

Arfak mountains and the preservation of tropical rainforest
The size of rainforest in Arfak mountains is getting smaller day by day. Logging and palm oil companies massively exploit the area giving only little or no benefits to the indigenous people. I hope that more tourists can come to see how the indigenous Papuan people live in harmony with their surrounding nature. The money which eco-tourists pay for accommodation, food and guiding service is importing in supporting the economic livelihood of the local people. With improved standard of living, the indigenous people in Kwau village will not be tempted to give up their rainforest to greedy palm oil company who are only interested in exploiting their timber and land.
If you are interested in visiting Kwau village as a tourist, please, do not hesitate to contact me, Charles Roring, via email: I will be happy to arrange your trip to the Arfak Mountains. Well, Kwau village is located in Manokwary regency, the capital of West Papua province, the Republic of Indonesia.
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