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Fah Thai Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

"FAH THAI" is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

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OVERTURES ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS The Soothing Balm of Wisdom Photos: Dolnapa Ram-Indra Words: Sarita Urupongsa Thai traditional medicine is steeped in wisdom and brewed from valuable knowledge nurtured from the old days. Produced from local herbs, traditional remedies come in the form of mentholated rubs or inhalers and reflects a way of life that’s essentially Thai. Balms are rubbed onto bruises or aromatic powders are sniffed to deliver heady respite. To understand this fondness for the remedies, you have to visit these traditional products at Baan Mowaan. Tucked in the vibrant area of the Giant Swing monument in Bangkok, the colonialstyle building originally belonged to Waan Rodmuang, a Thai traditional doctor who practised during the reign of King Rama VI in the early 20th century. Embracing Western medical practices, “Mo Waan” (mo is doctor in Thai) took medical knowledge and equipment from the West and developed unique medicinal remedies. The creation of his own medicines became an alternative to the Western ones. This includes Mo Waan’s traditional “Ya Hom,” offered in 4 recipes whose origins date back hundreds of years. Ya Hom, or Thai fragrant or aromatic medicine, are herbal mixtures whose formulas are from inherited knowledge and ancestral wisdom passed on to his descendants. As one of Mo Waan’s most well-known medical remedies, Ya Hom is widely recognised for its holistic health benefits which help balance blood circulation and re-energise the body. It comes with its own unique scent that’s not found in modern medicine and comes in lozenges or tablets made by hand. Despite its great advantage in using local ingredients, Ya Hom’s popularity diminished as the use of the traditional remedy became viewed as outdated. However, with the determination of the younger generation, Mo Waan’s greatgrandchildren, it has brought back the legacy and recipes of Ya Hom in order to preserve past wisdom. Medicine varieties spread throughout the building of Baan Mo Waan for visitors to purchase. The stylish packaging with classic touches shows that the inspiration comes from the vintage medicine bottles or the colour scheme of Mo Waan’s house. In the hall, arrangements of different medicines, from Ya Hom and other alternative medicines can be seen. Ointments effective in relaxing muscles are a popular choice. Now an improved version of a muscle-relaxant oil, the ointment is mixed with authentic natural beeswax and ensures that the medicine stays longer on the skin. With its cooling properties, the ointment is perfect for treating aches and strained muscles as well as reducing the pain in bones and joints. Mo Waan’s pharmacy is highly regarded as being a practical option and accessible for whatever ails you. In this Sino-Portuguese quarter, various traditional items that are tokens of past memories also scatter throughout. Baan Mowaan is also a store of amazing stories on cherished herbal remedies and a chance to learn about its authentic production using traditional tools. mowaan.com, +66 (0) 2221 8070 28 29

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