A new herbal medicine brand is about to enter the Philippines and we got to try it ahead of its launch in the country. It’s called Tolak Angin, an Indonesian herbal supplement that will boost your immune system, improve your digestive health, and help symptoms associated with colds like an upset stomach, flatulence, chills, nausea, fatigue, and motion sickness. Did we like it? Yes, we did!
Tolak Angin comes in a sachet, and you can add it to a cup of warm water or some tea, or if you’re in a rush, you can drink it straight out of the sachet.
Our first experience with Tolak Angin was when we drank it straight. The first thing we noticed was how refreshing it was. One of its primary ingredients is mint so it gives a cool sensation in your mouth when you drink it. It may be an herbal supplement but we think it’s also a good drink anytime of the day!
The next thing we noticed is the flavor. The supplement is basically honey infused with herbs like ginger, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, and more. So what you get is a sweet syrup that’s easy and delicious to drink. If you don’t like the strong flavor, you can add it to warm water or tea. The warm drinks take out the refreshing feeling but you still get its honey and herbal taste. Personally, our favorite version is drinking Tolak Angin out of the sachet.
Tolak Angin is a family recipe made by SidoMuncul, Indonesia’s biggest herbal company. The formula was developed in 1930, eventually branching from its home industry in Yogyakarta to a small factory in Semarang. Later on, they built a bigger factory to meet the growing demand in the country. SidoMuncul has more than 180 products in the market and uses homegrown ingredients from their partner farms to ensure quality.
Semarang, Indonesia – Where Tolak Angin is imported from // Image: Shutterstock
Semarang, Indonesia – The Tolak Angin packaging area for shipping around the world.
The brand is popular in Indonesia, where many locals rely on herbal medicine to supplement their health and alleviate or relieve their sickness. Tolak angin is Indonesian for “push wind,” and is the remedy for something they call masuk angin or the “entry of wind.” We don’t have an exact term for the feeling in the Philippines, but we’ve definitely felt it: it’s the dizziness, flatulence, nausea, chills, and stomachache we feel when we’re about to get sick.
What’s curious about Tolak Angin is that even if it’s an herbal supplement, SidoMuncul maintains pharmaceutical standards to make sure that their products are safe and effective to use. They have different factories that carry out different tasks: one processes raw materials, another handles production, and another takes care of distributors. We got to visit one of the plants in Semarang and saw that many of its machines are from Germany to make sure that all their products are of the highest quality.
Semarang, Indonesia – The Tolak Angin extraction plant
As early as 2000, SidoMuncul has been certified by the country’s National Agency of Drug and Food Control as practitioners of Good Traditional Medicine Manufacturing and Good Medicine Manufacturing. With these two certificates, they were the first herbal medicine factory with pharmaceutical standards. They’ve also partnered with laboratories and researchers from universities to make sure that their products are safe and effective. Because of this, Tolak Angin is healthy to drink three times a day regularly to feel its full benefits.
And does it work? It sure looks like it. Tolak Angin has been tested and it’s scientifically proven. A study conducted by the Faculty of Medicine of Diponegoro University has shown that the regular drinking of the product shows an increase in immune system activity.
Tolak Angin is going to arrive in the Philippines in 7-Eleven outlets by the end of November 2018. Whether you’re looking for something to supplement your vitamin intake or you want to feel refreshed, we think we’ve found your new favorite!
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