Thai Traditional Medicine at Wat Nong Ya Nang Buddhist, Uthai Thani Province
Keywords:Thai Traditional Medicine, Massage, Buddhism, Temple, Herbal Medicine
The research aims to study the origin of the healthcare treatment, application of Thai herbal medicine and the indigenous health practices at Wat Nong Ya Nang in Uthai Thani province. The data was collected by focus group between April, 2015 to November, 2016. Data analysis used content analysis. Phrakhru Up Kan Phat Kit was born in 1946 in Uthai Thani. In 1971, he was ordained as a Buddhist monk at Wat Thamma Sophit in Nakhon Sawan province. In 1974 he started treatment of bone injuries at Wat Nong Ya Nang temple by using herbal medicine and massage therapy which has evolved into a mix treatment by utilizing Thai traditional herbal medicine together with Buddhist principles, meditation, spiritual rituals, massages, indigenous knowledge, modern physical therapy and prescription medication. This mix treatment format is consistent with the culture of Thai communities. The combined treatments have been affective in helping the recovery of patients with bone injuries, cancer and paralysis. Research results conclude that the holistic method of treatment had to be on both body and soul and majority of patients were favorable towards the mixed treatment method at the hospice. This will build the strength of the community, making people feel sympathy to each other. This also will help to support and promote traditional Thai medicinal practices
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