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Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) is an officially recognized part of the healthcare system in Thailand today. Every formally trained TTM practitioner is required by the government to study a standardized curriculum, which typically includes one year of classes to become a traditional pharmacist and another two years to become a full physician. The arts of therapeutic massage (nuat phaen boran) or traditional midwifery (pradung kahn) can be taken during a fourth, optional, year. Students graduating from these programs are examined by the Ministry of Public Health, and are licensed and regulated by the national government through a process parallel to that which regulates medical doctors, nurses, and other practitioners of Western medicine.
Traditional medicine in Thailand is split into distinct disciplines, which can generally be grouped into three different approaches:
Thai Institute of Healing Arts is the only comprehensive Thai Medical education, research, and treatment center outside of Thailand. We are the official seat of the Shivagakomarpaj Lineage in the USA (sister institutions with the Thai Massage School Shivagakomarpaj "Old Medicine Hospital," Chiang Mai, Thailand and Thai Massage Training Center Shivagakomarpaj.)
Check out our Annual Traditional Thai Massage & Medicine Community Gathering, our yearly celebration and learning opportunity (CEs available) that is FREE for all students, practitioners, teachers, along with their family and friends.
Our School offers courses on Thai herbalism, Thai medical theory, Theravada Buddhism, and many aspects of Thai culture. We have a full Thai massage curriculum up to and including teacher training. We have instructors that have studied up to the doctoral level in traditional Thai massage and Thai medicine on staff, and two separate therapy centers for massage and herbal treatments. And we are closely integrated with the local Thai community and Thai temples in the DC area in order to provide students with a unique cultural immersion experience.
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I am seeking to understand the Objective Portion of the Thai SOAP notes concerning:1) Involved Sen Lines (1,2)...does the (1,2) refer to the anterior and posterior of the body, respectively2) Elemental Balance Observed and the direction cue that…Continue
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David and friends, I would like to start a discussion in order to prepare for a hopeful trip to the Old Medicine Hospital. I also hope this discussion will benefit others. So far, all I know is ...(1) David, you recommended January and February as…Continue
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I was wondering about the Thai balms . . . Can you tell me more about the differences between the yellow and the green ones and how and when they should they be used? I remember us all talking about them briefly during of one of the courses and that…Continue
I have had clients get sick with a cold, sore throat, and at least once, the flu, the day after I worked on them, and I had assumed that they were already on their way to being sick when I worked on them, but then my last trip to the Thai Institute…Continue
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In need of some assistance on this one, please share your thoughts and feel free to questions.She has also been experiencing acid reflux & indigestion as well as has IBS and passes some undigested food.please let me know what you think.thanks!Continue
I am considering taking the Thai Foot Massage course at the end of January. Can someone give me some detailed info on the course? I guess my first question may seem a little silly, but I was originally hoping to take the class to have new ways to…Continue
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