Wellness in Thailand

Wellness in Thailand


About Thai Retreats

Thai_RetreatsThai retreats the value of which is still recognized and which maintains an active role in today's society, is a culture of self-care through medical practices and herbal remedies that were developed as part of simple Thai way of life in old times.

The maintenance of Thai retreats as part of the great wisdom of Thai ancestors is a source of great pride to Thai people in generation after generation. Thai retreat with the Thai medicine encompasses philosophies, wisdoms, and practices related to health care and treatment of illnesses within the Thai cultural framework.

For centuries, Thai people have had their own system of health care and illness treatments. Local herbs have long been used as medicines and dietary supplements, and have also been used externally for therapeutic treatments such as steaming and application of poultices. Relaxing massage and ceremonies based on a set of traditional beliefs also form part of their unique healing system.

The retreat with Thai medicine is a holistic approach to health care with the underlying traditional belief that illnesses result from imbalances in the four fundamental elements the human body is composed of earth, water, air/ether, and fire. Treatment is for both the patient's body and mind. It may included one or a combination of massage, steaming, application of poultices or local heat, use of herbs and traditional Thai medicine.

Ceremonies and psychotherapy, depending on the patient's symptoms and the Thai medicine practitioner's diagnosis.
Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) is a wisdom Thai people inherited from their ancestors passing from generations to generations. TTM has been accumulated from years of experiences, observations, testing, selections and collections and handed over to next generations.

Thai people use herbal medicine and particular healing method to treat patients. The treatment is usually combination of beliefs such as Buddhism, astrology and animism and recently modern medicine acquired from the west was also combined. Thereafter, Thai medical science has been steadily developed up to now. It can be concluded that TTM is a Thai heritage inherited from Thai ancestors. << more >>
Traditional Thai Medicine Traditional Thai Medicine
Indigenous yet fascinating, it is a blend of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and the healing wisdom of local hill tribes.
Thai Herbal Medicine Thai Herbal Medicine
The rich cornucopia of Thai herbal formulations is largely a legacy of the rural hill-tribes.
Thai Spiritual Healing Thai Spiritual Healing
Buddhism propagates meditation as one of the most effective ways of calming the mind and achieving and inner sense of peace.
 
The use of herbs in cooking and for medicinal purposes has been a part of many cultures through the ages. In the old days one would go no further than the kitchen to get cures for common ailments. Fresh or dried herbs and spices were items in our home apothecary.

Many herbs are still being used because they are effective and safe, and have gentle action on the body systems. Much of the knowledge of the usefulness of herbs is a legacy of another time. << more >>
Curcuma Zangais Turmeric rhizome
Curcuma Zangais or Turmeric rhizome, a close relative of the ginger, is bright orange. The fresh leaves and rhizomes are used both in cooking and as remedies.
Holy Basil Holy Basil
Holy Basil or tulsi in Indian culture and Kemangi in Malay, it should not be confused with Thai Basil (Ocimum americanum or O. canum), which has an anise-like taste.
Elephantopus scaber Linn Elephantopus scaber Linn
Other name is called Prickly-leaved Elephant’s Foot is a common garden weed. The whole plant, including leaves, is used either fresh or dried.
Centella Asiatica Centella Asiatica
Centella Asiatica is also popularly known as Gotu Kolo, Indian Pennywort and Pegaga of Malay.
Murraya koenigii Murraya koenigii
Murraya koenigii or curry leaves, like many herbs, are not limited to their culinary use. The leaves, bark and root of the curry leaf tree are used in traditional medicine as a tonic, stimulant and natural remedy.
Plectranthus barbatus Plectranthus barbatus
Plectranthus barbatus or Coleus indicum is also known as Indian Borage or Cuban Oregano and Daun bangun-bangun in Malay. In the Caribbean the leaves are boiled to make an infusion, which is blended with honey to make a tonic for coughs and colds.
Andrographis paniculata Andrographis paniculata
In India Andrographis paniculata is called Nilavembu or Hempedu bumi in Malay, is used to treat dysentery, gastroenteritis, tonsillitis, pneumonia, infected wounds, and pulmonary tuberculosis.
Cymbopogon citratus Cymbopogon citratus
Cymbopogon citratus or lemongrass, known by Thai ‘Ta-Khrai’ or ‘Serai’ by Malay, is the common edible variety that resembles a coarse pale-green grass with a strong lemony aroma.
Phyllanthus niruri Phyllanthus niruri
Phyllanthus niruri or Pokok dukung anak in Malay is precious village herb and is traditionally used by Malays to treat jaundice. It is quite common to find this herb among weeds in the garden.
Piper betel Piper betel
Piper betel or Sirih in Malay, leaves taken with gambir treat diarrhea. As poultice it helps to relieve abdominal pain, coughs and asthma. Leaf sap is applied to soothe oral sores and ulcers.
The term Spa appears to be more widely used than ever one could even argue over-used. While the Latin phrase Sanitas Per Aquas, 'health by or through water', has become one of the sexiest phrases in the beauty, health and wellbeing industry, its original meaning has become diluted. Not every spa offers water based treatments these days.

There are day spas, beauty salon spas, medi-spas, destination spas and cruise ship spas, there are resort spas, even club spas and by no means is this list exhaustive! As the list grows, along with our pursuit for beauty and wellness, how do we choose? <<more>>
Thai Spa Therapies Thai Spa Therapies
Thai spas are a part of the diverse tourism service gaining popularity among visitors, both Thais and foreigners. As such, there has been a continual increasing growth in the service industry concerning beauty and health in Thailand.
Thai Spa In Mind Thai Spa In Mind
Designers and architects continue to outdo themselves with new and more creative designs incorporating outdoor spa suites, open-air bathrooms and luxury spa villa.
Central Spa Therapies Central Spa Therapies
Spas in the Central Region have their own distinctive character, resulting from two key influences, the exciting capital city Bangkok and the culture of the Central Region.
Northern Spa Therapies Northern Spa Therapies
Northern Thailand’s romantic landscape of misty hills, hill tribe people, and magnificent temples has made it a favorite holiday destination for both Thais and foreign visitors.
Southern Spa Therapies Southern Spa Therapies
Asia could arguably be called the centre of the spa universe. It offers so many different therapies in so many blissful locations that sometimes it is hard to know what it is you are actually looking for.
Asian Spa Therapies Asian Spa Therapies
Asia could arguably be called the centre of the spa universe. It offers so many different therapies in so many blissful locations that sometimes it is hard to know what it is you are actually looking for.
Another ancient Thai Healing Therapy is the prakop, or hot herbal compresses made of medicinal herbs. Perhaps the most well-known and popular body treat for visitors to Thailand is the traditional Thai massage, which is in fact a holistic therapy with ancient roots in traditional medicine. It has been practiced as a form of healing for centuries.

Like many aspects of Thai culture, traditional Thai massage derivers its origins from the culture of ancient India, and arrived in Thailand through Buddhist missionary monks who were trained as healers. << more >>
Thai Herbal Steam Thai Herbal Steam
Aside from Thai massage, a number of the treatments offered in Thai spas come from the same ancient healing tradition. The use of heat therapies combined with herbal ingredients is a distinguishing trait of traditional Thai healing practices.
Thai Herbal Compress Thai Herbal Compress (Lukprakop)
Another ancient Thai healing therapy is the prakop, or hot herbal compresses made of medicinal herbs wrapped in a bundle of cloth, heated with steam and then pounded on the aching areas of the body, like tense shoulders or stiff joints.
Uniquely Thai Ingredients Uniquely Thai Ingredients
Generations of Thais have long know that certain herbs, roots and flowers have specific abilities to rejuvenate the body and nourish the skin and hair.
 
 

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