The Alternative Medicine Department is located on the 2nd floor of Hua Hin Hospital. You can ask for help in the foreigner’s service department of the hospital located in the main lobby of the first floor. They are very helpful. This Department was opened on 1st May 2013. It is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. The staff at the Department are two young ladies, Ms Sunantip (Dr. Noi) and Ms Tusanee (Dr. Nan). Ms. Sunantip Kentasil is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor. She is 26 years old and a graduate of Hanchiew Chalermprakiet University. She previously worked at Biangplee Hospital and at Hua Hin Hospital. She also trains other staff. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years.
TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture, moxibustion (burning-herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage), dietary therapy, and tai chi and qi gong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus). Chinese herbal medicine; the Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.
Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of specific points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique which has been most often studied scientifically, involves penetrating the skin with very thin, solid, metal needles that are sometimes manipulated by hands, or by electrical stimulation. Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or a stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi. What conditions can Chinese Medicine treat?
Acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions including tension headaches and migraines, office syndrome, neck- Shoulder-back pain, insomnia and stroke. Cosmetic acupuncture can help reduce wrinkles, diminish fine lines, remove age spots, lift droopy eyelids, acne, face, lips and weight loss. How long is needed to complete a treatment? The treatment is for 20-25 minutes and if you want to combine 2 techniques then 10 minutes more. A popular combination is acupuncture and cupping to heal deep pain. Is Acupuncture painful? Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body. The needles are inserted to various depths. According to traditional Chinese medical theory, acupuncture points are located on meridians through which chi vital energy runs. The needle which scares many people is very fine, like a hair.
The pain if any, is not more than a mosquito bite. Ms. Tusanee Somboom (Nan) is a Thai Traditional Medicine Doctor. She is a 25 year old graduate from Rajamangala University Thanyaburi. Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) is an officially recognised part of the healthcare system in Thailand. Every formally trained TTM practitioner is required by the government to study a standardised 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. Court-type Thai traditional massage has been passed down from practitioners who worked for royalty in the old days. It has the benefit of stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation as well as stimulating the nervous system. It also helps relax muscles.
Other benefits include treating diseases and conditions from ailments such as stroke, paralysis, back pain, frozen shoulder, and stiff limb joints. Patients usually feel relaxed after the treatment. This type of massage is also used as a proactive approach in health. Treatment with a hot herbal compress has the benefit of stimulating blood circulation, reducing swelling, relieving muscular inflammation and relieving aching pain. Postpartum care has the benefit of returning women to health after delivery. It may consist of court-type Thai traditional massage, treatment with a hot herbal compress, a hot salt-pot compress and a herbal steam bath.
Thai Traditional Medicine includes history taking, physical examination, analysis for etiology, diagnosis, planning treatment and counseling, emphasis on common or non-complicated symptoms/problems or diseases, matching the symptoms/ problems and diagnosis with modern medicine. Thai Traditional Therapeutic Massage includes history taking, physical examination, diagnosis, planning management, court type Thai traditional massage, counseling and techniques of management for common symptoms/problems or diseases. Thai Traditional Pharmacy involves the formulation of herbal medicinal recipes, dispensing herbal medicines according to symptoms/problems and giving pharmaceutical advice. Herbal compress balls are bags of herbs, especially those containing essential oils which, when exposed to heat, will give out aroma and oil at the same time.
These herbs are zingiber, curcuma longa, zedoary, lemongrass, kaffir lime and camphor. It is an old Thai tradition medicinal that can be used along with Thai massage when the massage is finished. Please Note: Hua Hin Hospital is very busy in the morning hours and the parking is almost always full. It is suggested that you park just before or just after on Phetkasem Road where there is always free parking. The effects of these modalities can be quantified by measuring before and after Biopulsar® analysis by Manida White (www.manidawhite.com), who introduced me to the department.