Over in the park around the national monument (Monas), the cupping practitioners draw blood through the patient's skin into the cups.
"It's a tradional therapy using traditional oil," Juhariati explains. With a syringe gun he sucks the air from the cup, pulling the patient's skin outwards like a half billiard ball. In seconds the flesh reddens.
The cupping treatment doesn't last long. Once all the requisite cups are on, he pops them off; revealing pepperoni slices over the patient's body. He then massages a fiery oil (which smells of Deep Heat) into the skin and pulls a few reflexology moves.
Juhariati operates from a black messenger bag of tricks spread on a red sheet of canvas on a grass verge beside the inner ring road of the Senayan sports stadium in central Jakarta. A single sheet of paper lists the ailments Metode Bekam can treat ("God-willing," it adds): sick kidneys, sore tendons, migraines, impotence, diabetes, asthema, and tummy aches.
Ordinarily Juhariati works at Taman Mini in south Jakarta, but on Sunday mornings he sneaks into the Gelora Bung Karno sports grounds. "We don't have permits to work here," he admits, gesturing to two other men kneeling beside their cupping equipment.