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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.
Let us know how we can help you with your journey in the healing arts.
(NOTE: The views and perspectives shared in this online forum do not necessarily represent the views or perspective of the Thai Institute of Healing Arts.)
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Started by David Roylance in General Post Jun 10.
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Started by David Roylance in General Post Mar 20.
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Started by David Roylance in General Post Mar 20.
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