The tradition of the Orang Rimba in concocting medicine has played a major role in keeping the Bukit Duabelas rainforest intact. Their biodiversity is cared for through local knowledge that has proven pharmacologically important for the world of health.
A fungus attached to the trunk of a stone meranti tree caught the attention of Tengganai Besemen (65). His memory drifts to an event ten years ago. At that time, his son Nande was helpless and almost died after eating squirrel meat.
Everyone had given up hope. They thought Nande would die. As per tradition, they left Nande and Besemen and travelled to a new place due to the death of a family member.
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After the extended family left, Besemen stayed near his son. The traditional advisor in the Punti Kayu area of Bukit Duabelas National Park (TNBD), Jambi, then searched for hahati mushrooms (Polyporus sp) in the jungle.
Once obtained, the fungus is heated and mashed. The powder is mixed with tobacco leaves that have been burned. Next, it is mixed with oil and then rubbed all over the child's body.
A few hours later, Nande woke up with sweat all over his body. "Finally he recovered," he recalled, Thursday (30/6/2022).
Since then, Besemen has always kept the processed mushroom paste. If there are residents who experience similar disease problems, he gives them the potion.