THE USE OF SALEKARANG AS A TRADITIONAL MEDICINE TO TREAT HEALTH COMPLAINTS EXPERIENCED BY THE PEOPLE IN PAMEKASAN - MADURA
Indonesia has around 400 ethnic groups, each of which has a variety of knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation, including traditional medical knowledge or herbal medicine. Pamekasan is one of the districts on the island of Madura, which is rich in various herbal concoctions. The wealth of herbal medicine in Pameksan is inseparable from the habits of the local people who prioritize taking herbal medicine rather than coming to the doctor when experiencing illness, especially people who live in rural areas. One of the distinctive herbal medicines in Pamekasan is "Salekarang herbal medicine". Salekarang has become one of the leading products in Pamekasan. This study aims to determine the composition of salerakang herbal medicine and to determine its use to cure the health problems of the community. This study used a descriptive design with a qualitative approach. The informants chosen were the people who made traditional medicines in Pamekasan, which had been hereditary for generations. Data collection was done by interviewing 11 herb makers as respondents. The results show that Salekarang herbal compositions are: black curcuma, curcuma, lembuyang, fingerroot, ginger, and pepper for the first recipe, and neem leaf, star anise, cubeb pepper, massoia bark, black cumin, cinnamon, curcuma, and turmeric for the second recipe. The novelty of the research reveals that Based on the experience from the makers, salekarang herbal medicine can be used to cure, as follows: heat, flu after coughing, infection, itchy throat, cold, unwell body (nyongaronyo), and increasing appetite.