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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:
The Thai Institute of Healing Arts is the only comprehensive Thai Medical education, research, and treatment center outside of Thailand. We teach in the USA and in Thailand. There is a network of affiliate schools available for you to learn.
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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 Washington, DC area in order to provide students with a unique cultural immersion experience. We invite students to Thailand for classes and enriched learning opportunities.
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David,I have had eczema for years and my husband does as well. We have a 5 month old and the poor little guy is also plagued with some pretty bad eczema. I was wondering if you might have any advice on figuring out what causes this for us. Possibly…Continue
Hello,I have a new client that has been getting chair massage. She would very much like to receive a Thai Foot Reflexology treatment but she has a ganglion cyst on her foot. Is it okay to work with this cyst being on her foot? Looking forward to…Continue
Is opening the K is also opening the heart and mind and opening the Sumana is opening our spirituality?I am wondering whether the custom for Thai Institute giving the clients tea before the massage and following the massage with either tea or water…Continue
Being in the midst of the Advanced class I am in the process of trying to get my mind think of energy and healing as a Thai would. What occurred to me is the thought that the sen lines aren't physical structures that run through the body but works…Continue
Started by Francisca Tielman in General Post Jan 12.
An informed Thai massage practice is understanding what is.....right now - the present.I have noticed over the years that among some Thai massage and Thai medicine practitioners there is a craving almost a yearning for historical information about…Continue
December 15-19 for the Intermediate Thai massageAdvanced January 9,10, 11 and 17th and 18thThen the Reflexology class in February 25-27th.My number is 540-819-5360Thanks so much!!!Continue
Started by Christina Lofaro in General Post Oct 24, 2014.
A question about Edema.I'm experiencing something I've never seen to this extent and am looking for insights. When I palm this particular clients arms, my full handprint, including all the lines on my hand show up on her arm even when very light…Continue
Can somebody help me understand the significance of toe pulling during Thai Massage.I have a client that hates toe pulling and has asked me to not do it any more. She has MANY health issues. Everyone else that I have done it to loves it, so I don't…Continue
I have a client that I have been working on for 3 weeks intensively. She is getting 2 hour Thai Yoga Massages twice a week. She has a real problem relaxing during any massage. I have done relaxation massage on her in the past and it is unintentional…Continue
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