Herbs have been the mainstay of Thai healing methods for thousands of years and are still often used in traditional medicine today. In essential health services, most herbs are used, especially for people living in remote areas, which are more readily available and cheaper. For various medical conditions, herbal therapies are helpful widely. From minor scratches to severe illnesses, and these are considered alternative treatments.
General medicine herbs:
In Thailand, to make medicines for common diseases, many herbal plants are used. For example, to treat dyspepsia, Khamin chan is used, dyspepsia and ulcers. Fah Talai Jone (Andrographis paniculata) and chum het thet (Senna alata) can relieve constipation and treat fever symptoms. Most pharmacies in Thailand sell traditional products and modern medicines. Herbal balms and nasal inhalers are other usual household medicinal materials. Several aromatic herbs such as mint, lemongrass, pandanus leaf, and lime are famous for their medicinal properties. They create nasal inhalers, baking, and many more goods with their essential oils.
Due to the general trend of natural health, herbal products are also widely used in Thai massage and spa treatments. The manufacture of spa products and skincare products uses herbal extracts in a wide range. Such as massage oils, essential oils, herbal soaps, and body scrubs. One of the main features that make Thailand the “spa capital of Asia” is its high-quality natural spa products. And because Thai spa products are cheap and easy to buy in beauty salons and shopping malls, they are some of the great souvenirs.
Herbs and benefits:
There are more than one hundred Thai herbs, but here are some of the most commonly used in Thai cooking and their nutritional value. Lemongrass (ta khrai): Lemongrass stems help treat colds, headaches, coughs, flatulence, diarrhea, pain, and mild asthma. Lemongrass is a type of lemongrass.
Galangal can prevent inflammatory diseases and arthritis, heart disease, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer; relieve asthma, cough, and sore throat. And also can cure diarrhea and motion sickness.
Shallots (Hom Daeng):
Shallots help lower cholesterol, prevent certain types of cancer, prevent robbery, antibacterial, antiviral, lower blood pressure, treat diabetes, calm nerves, improve blood circulation, and accelerate digestion.
Kaffir lime leaves (bai ma Krut):
Kaffir lime leaves have predominant health benefits are they have the potential to improve dental health, clean blood, improve skin health, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, support the immune system, reduce stress, and improve hair health.
Ginger can help treat heart disease and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke. It can increase your overall metabolism and help you lose weight.
Holy Basil (ka Phrao):
The health benefits of Holy Basil include oral care, relief of respiratory diseases, and treatment of fever, asthma, lung disease, and heart disease.
Sweet Basil (horapha):
Horapha leaves are helpful to relieve headaches, flatulence, hot flashes, constipation, headaches, and menstrual cramps.
Cayenne pepper (phrik chi fa):
Cayenne pepper can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including heartburn, delirium, tremor, gout, paralysis, fever, indigestion, flatulence, hemorrhoids, nausea and tonsillitis, diphtheria, soothing, antibacterial, and anti-pilling.