By: Miranda McCalla


Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) is an essential part of Thai culture and way of life. TTM dates back to the Sukothai Period, between the years 1238-1377 in the Buddha calendar. Some aspects of traditional healing, such as massage and herbal medicine, have been around as long as humans. TTM originated in the geographical region of Thailand but it has many influences from other cultures and practices around the world. A wide variety of influences can be seen in TTM including Buddhist principles, different cultural practices, and various philosophies (Chokevivat). This includes a combination of Indian, Chinese, Southeast-Asian and Western influences. One of the major influences seen in TTM is Buddhism and its philosophies often coincide with many of the principles in TTM. Jivaka Komarabhacca was the personal physician of Buddha and is often known is the father of Thai medicine. Buddhist temples like Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangklaram have become a center for knowledge and teaching of traditional medicine techniques in Thailand. TTM techniques were traditionally passed down orally through generations until they were written down. This can also account for some variations and regional differences in traditional medicine techniques. For this collection of photographs emphasis was placed on the importance of Budhism and monks in traditional medicine, traditional herbal medicine, and Thai massage. Traditional Thai medicine is a holistic form of healing and there are many different aspects involved that are often intertwined. The collection focuses on some popular aspects of Traditional medicine in Southern Thailand.

Traditional Thai Medicine

Phra Archan Boonchuay Techadhammo Bhikkhu




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