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Thai Herbal Medicine  

Thai herbal medicine is a traditional healing practice that has been used in Thailand for centuries. It involves the use of natural herbs and plants to treat a wide range of ailments and promote overall health and well-being.  The most popular indications are for relief joint pain relief, muscle pain relief, arthritis pain relief and massage oils for general wellness and pain relief.   

The Practice of Thai Herbal Medicine

The practice of Thai herbal medicine is based on the concept of energy, or “Lom” in Thai. According to this concept, the body is made up of different channels of energy that must be in balance for good health to be supported. When there is an imbalance in the energy channels, illness and disease can occur.  

Thai herbal medicine works to balance the energy channels by using natural herbs and plants to stimulate the body’s own healing processes. Herbs and plants are chosen based on their specific properties and the needs of the individual patient.  

Types of Herbs and Plants Used

There are many different types of herbs and plants used in Thai herbal medicine. Some of the most common include:  

  • Lemongrass: This herb is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used to treat digestive issues, such as bloating and indigestion.  
  • Turmeric: This bright yellow spice is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It is often used to treat joint pain and inflammation.  
  • Ginger: Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It is often used to treat nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness.  
  • Kaffir lime: This fruit is high in vitamin C and is often used to boost the immune system and treat respiratory issues, such as coughs and colds.  
  • Pandan: This plant is known for its calming properties and is often used to treat anxiety and insomnia.  
  • Plai.  This rhizome can be used as an essential oil or an extract.  These are used for the treatment of inflammation, bruise, sprain and strain, rheumatism, musculoskeletal pain, wound, asthma, cough and respiratory problems.   

What Makes Thai Herbal Medicine Unique?

Thai herbal medicine involves the use of compresses, or “poultices,” that are filled with a blend of herbs and heated before being applied to the body. The heat and pressure from the compresses help to release the active compounds in the herbs, which can provide a deeper and more targeted therapeutic effect. We use ingredients from essential oils (steam distillation of plant material) and from extracts (organic solvents, coconut oils) in Applai.   

The Many Benefits

There are many benefits to Thai herbal medicine. Some of the most common benefits include:  

  • Pain relief: Many of the herbs used in Thai herbal medicine have natural pain-relieving properties and can be used to treat a variety of different types of pain.  
  • Reduced inflammation: Many of the herbs used in Thai herbal medicine have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat inflammation-related conditions, such as arthritis and asthma.  
  • Improved digestion: Thai herbal medicine can help to improve digestion and alleviate digestive issues, such as bloating and constipation.  
  • Improved sleep quality: Thai herbal medicine can help to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.  
  • Prasaplai is a Thai traditional medicine preparation used to treat dysmenorrhea. The word “Prasaplai” is derived from “Prasa”, which means 50% in amount, and “Plai”, which is a Thai name for Zingiber cassumunar Roxb.  Prasaplai refers to the preparation that has 50% of Z. cassumunar.  

If you’re interested in trying Thai herbal medicine, be sure to seek out a qualified and experienced practitioner. A practitioner can help you to show the herbs and plants that are best suited to your individual needs and develop a treatment plan that will help to promote your overall health and wellbeing.  

A Powerful and Effective Healing Practice

Overall, Thai herbal medicine is a powerful and effective healing practice that can help to treat a wide range of ailments and promote overall health and wellbeing. Try it and experience the many benefits that it has to offer.  

You can also begin your wellness journey with our Applai topical relief oils and balms. You can use them in the usual massage application to muscles, joints, spinal and tendon areas on your body, or you can rub a little Modern balm or oil on your temples for relief of headaches and migraine symptoms. There is certainly an aromatherapy part to these products! 

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Naman Plai – which means oil, plai – plai massage oil. This is a bottle of the traditional plai oil used in Thai massage. It is prepared by frying plai chips in coconut oil for several hours. The odor is strong, and the product isn’t particularly effective.
Kuhn Somkorn's thai herb garden
Kuhn Somkorn’s herb garden. These herbs are planted so that they form a community or microbiome. Each plant aids the other in the community. Kuhn Somkorn is an expert in Thai Traditional Medicine and grows high quality herbs in small batches for Thai doctors.
preparing Plai
Kuhn Somkorn and her assistant prepare Plai rhizome by cutting it into chips for frying in oil. The traditional method is to fry the chips for several hours.
explaining the traditional method for preparation of plai massage oil
Kuhn Somkorn explains the traditional method for preparation of plai massage oil.
Straining the fried plai chips and collecting the medicinal oil.
Straining the fried plai chips and collecting the medicinal oil.

 

 

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