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Making Jamu Safe: Whole Herbs vs. Standardized Herbal Extracts

Making Jamu Safe: Whole Herbs vs. Standardized Herbal Extracts

Many Jamu and Herbal Products to Choose From

The mainstream use of jamu and herbal medicines is becoming increasingly popular, and there are many herbal products to choose from. With so many choices, it is easy to get confused about which forms of herbs are right for you. One important decision is whether to use whole herbs or standardized herbal extracts. This can be tricky, because even the experts are split on this issue. Therefore, it is best to know the facts about the difference between the two so that you can make an informed decision.

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A whole herb is just what it says: the whole herb, usually dried and encapsulated or processed and preserved in alcohol or another solvent. Whole herbs contain all of the constituents of the plant and have been used for hundreds of years by many cultures. In fact, modern medicine originated with the use of whole herbs. The medicinal properties of herbs have been learned through empirical observation and the information has been passed down through successive generations of healers. Although the effects of herbs have not always been formally and scientifically researched, whole herbs have a long track record validating their safety and efficacy.

The chemical makeup of an herb can vary slightly, however, depending on a variety of factors. First, the environment in which the plant has been grown has an effect on the constituents of the herb. The time of year it is harvested, the soil in which it is grown, and the weather all influence the overall quality of the final product. 

Second, methodology plays a role. For example, the age of the plant at harvest, the exact part of the plant being used, and processing techniques can all make a difference. 

If the plant has been treated with pesticides, this will be further carried on into the final product. Most whole herbs are not tested for its safety, and could contain harmful chemicals.

Finally, each plant or population of plants has its own individual genetics, thus adding another source of end-product variation.

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A standardized jamu and herbal extract is an herb extract that has one or more components present in a specific, guaranteed amount, usually expressed as a percentage. The intention behind the standardization of herbs is to guarantee that the consumer is getting a product in which the chemistry is consistent from batch to batch. This practice has developed out of the drug model of herbal medicine, in which modern scientists have attempted to identify the components of a plant that have definite pharmacological activity in the body. 

A standardized herbal extract is basically extracts of an herb that are “chemically tested and confirmed to contain a minimum dosage of all the known active constituents of the herb”. Standardized herbs usually go through a detailed process to manufacture and the extracts must be analyzed in a lab to ensure that you get a consistent dosage. With whole herbs is there is no way to determine the potency; the herb is used as is without modification.

Standardization uses key components only as markers of identity while trying to maintain the same full spectrum of components as the whole herb. The markers may or may not be active constituents of the plant, but a spectrum analysis of this kind of extract should be visually similar to that of the whole herb, assuring that no major component has been removed in the extraction process. This process guarantees that the herbs will have a minimum level of potency every time without sacrificing any components.

LÚMINARA Advantage


LÚMINARA incorporates traditional Jamu herbal extracts using our proprietary natural water extraction process developed by our team of scientist that produces one of the highest potency, purest, and most biologically active botanical extracts. Our extractions uses UV Treated Pure RO Water to ensure we get the highest potency of active ingredients from our carefully selected herbs. Only 20% PURE Water is deemed to meet our stringent extraction standard. 



All herbs used for LÚMINARA are preserved using Freeze Drying Technology. At LÚMINARA, we choose herbs dried using freeze drying method due to:

  1. It is able to retain the freshness of the herbal extracts... It's as fresh as it gets!!!
  2. Standardized extracts means that the dosage of active ingredient is consistent
  3. It increases the potency compared to whole herbs
  4. Our Freeze dried extracts are water soluble
  5. Its the purest form of herbal extracts that human can consume


Traditional Jamu is infamous for the bad reputation with regards to its hygiene, and high toxic levels that causes more harm to the consumer. LÚMINARA uses standardize extracts that have been screened through lab test to ensure it is safe - and FREE of heavy metals, toxics and microbes. This process have been audited by KKM (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia) and it has GMP and HACCP certification by KKM.

Our facilities are also audited by USFDA - a requirement by the US Government to ensure food manufactured in our facility is safe for export to USA.

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