Synopses & Reviews
Thai herbs are part of a vibrant culture of healing that has been practiced and preserved over the centuries in traditional medicine schools, Buddhist monasteries, and village homes all over Thailand. Many quite ancient herbal traditions continue to be practiced throughout Thailand to this day, and some of these have now been recognized by the Ministry of Public Health as an important facet of the countrys national healthcare system. This revised and updated edition provides an overview of traditional Thai medicineincluding both the theory and the practical application of Thai cuisine, bodywork, and herbal medicine. Of interest to herbalist, massage therapists, and practitioners of other alternative healthcare systems, the book introduces the basic principles of Thai herbal healing in simple and clear terms, and it includes a detailed compendium of individual herbs. Best of all, this book is fun, offering easy recipes for home remedies, healthcare products, and cuisine that will make the world of Thai tradition come alive in your home.
“With my keen interest in Ayurveda, I found this book particularly interesting. I would recommend it for anybody interested in Eastern medical traditions and they like me may feel that this book is great introduction to Thai medicine leaving one hungry to know a lot more!” —Anne McIntyre, positivehealth.com
In this overview of traditional Thai medicine, both the theory and the practical application of Thai cuisine, bodywork, and herbal medicine are explored. Thai herbs are part of a vibrant culture of healing that has been practiced and preserved over the centuries, and some of these have now been recognized as an important facet of the health care. This revised and updated edition provides new information on tastes, elements, and Thai anatomy, as well as many new recipes, herbal medicine formulas, and an updated herbal compendium. Of interest to herbalist, massage therapists, and practitioners of other alternative health care systems, the book introduces the basic principles of Thai herbal healing in simple and clear terms.
About the Author
is the founder and director of The Naga Center, School of Traditional Thai Massage and Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She has been traveling to Thailand regularly since 1998 to research traditional Thai healing arts including herbalism and bodywork therapies. Dedicated to the study and practice of truly authentic traditional medicine traditions, Nephyr is currently residing with her husband and child in the mountains of northern Thailand where she writes articles, books and curriculum on Thai medicine and massage. She returns to Oregon regularly to teach advanced classes at The Naga Center, and hosts private students in her home in Thailand when she is not researching and writing, or seriously discussing campy sci-fi with her son. See more information at NagaCenter.org
Dr. C. Pierce Salguero has a Ph.D. in the History of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is a researcher of Asian medical traditions specializing in Buddhist-influenced medical traditions. Dr. Salguero is a college professor in the Philadelphia area, where he teaches courses in Asian history, religion, philosophy, and medicine. A prominent proponent of Traditional Thai Massage and Medicine in the West, he also teaches advanced courses on the subject for alternative medical professionals and maintains a busy schedule of public lectures. Dr. Salguero has authored five books on multiple aspects of TTM. His book The Encyclopedia of Thai Massage has been the best-selling title on Thai healing on Amazon.com since shortly after its publication in 2004. His other books on TTM include The Spiritual Healing of Traditional Thailand, Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Ayurveda, and The Thai Massage Workbook. See more information at PierceSalguero.com.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction to Traditional Thai Medicine
II. Thai Herbal Theory
III. Everyday Herbs
IV. Herbs in Traditional Thai Massage and Sauna
V. Internal Thai Herbal Medicine Therapies
VII. A Compendium of Traditional Thai Herbal Medicine