Mothers in post-partum stage often experience vague complaints of the eyes accompanied by feelings of dizziness. This is a normal symptom, as the activity of birth labor requires extraordinary levels of physical and mental energy. Javanese history proves that our ancestors were able to help solve a variety of post-partum complaints for new mothers by using an herbal paste named pilis. One does this by applying the pilis paste on the forehead above the eyebrows and allow it to stick there for some time. Pilis is made of potent herbs which contain active components able to penetrate the layers of the skin to enter the body’s energy pathways adjacent to the head and eyes. As a result, the area around the eyes is relieved from pain and eventual blurriness of vision disappears. Similarly dizziness, headaches and migraines can be eased with this ancient method.
From Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we know that the area above the eyes contains several acupressure/acupuncture points which if stimulated may result in strengthening vision, helping the eyes to see clearly and brightly. One of these trigger points is named Gallbladder 14 (Chinese Yangbai or “White Yang”).
Pilis use is widespread in Java, especially amongst women and more specifically by mothers after birth giving, even though the practice has lost of its attraction amongst younger mothers these days. Try to observe the use by the elder saleswomen at your next visit to the pasar or traditional market!
Pilis is a grounded paste which commonly contains the following herbs:
- 5 rhizomes of temu giring (Curcuma heyneana Val.)
- 1 rhizome of bangle (Zingiber cassumunar Roxb.)
- 2 fingers of krangean (Litsea cuba Pers)
- 1 rind of the lime called jeruk purut (Citrus hystrix DC.)
- 5 pieces of clove cengkeh (Eugenia aromatica / Syzygium aromaticum L.)
- 5 leave-strands of daun kemukus (Piper cubeba L.)
- Minyak Atsiri or Tawon oil
In short, the Javanese consider pilis paste applied on the forehead as an effective treatment to diffuse headaches and feelings of dizziness, blurred vision and easing the flow of blood around the cranial area. Often women here apply it after their evening bath and leave it on the forehead for an hour or more.
Do you want your eyes to see clearer and sharper? Try the ancient method of pilis paste made with 100% natural ingredients and enjoy life the Javanese way!
Selasa Wage, 12 Agustus 2013
EDUCATIVE COURSES OF EASTERN ART OF HEALING
SEPTIM (SENI PENGOBATAN TIMUR)
A. MOKO PRAMUSANTO