Luk Pra Kob (Thai Herbal Compress Treatment) is the name for the traditional Thai treatment using herbal compresses. This treatment has been used in Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) for over 400 years.
Hot compresses can be used in isolation to treat specific ailments or to complement a session of Nuad Boran. Heat increases blood flow, improves circulation, relaxes muscles, stimulates nerves, energizes internal organs and soothes tension and soreness. In addition, the steaming of the herbs releases essential oils that are used as an inhalant in aromatherapy. The inhalation of these beneficial oils improves breathing problems, colds, coughs and bronchitis. It also clears and relaxes the mind. Thai herbal compresses contain various herbs with antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory features. They can be applied for detoxification, treatment of pain and inflammation, as well as treating skin diseases and improving skin complexion.
Cassumunar (ginger root) is known to be the anti-inflammatory ingredient of ginger. It is used for antiseptic treatment of wounds, bruises, swellings, muscle pain, strain or distortion, treatment of colds, sore throats and asthma (bronchodilator). It also has a beneficial effect on the digestive system.
Turmeric has a golden yellow color and has an antiseptic, antirheumatic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory effect. It is used as a digestive stimulant, as well as for skin diseases and irritations. Turmeric enhances skin complexion including skin color, tone and softness.
Natural disinfectant and odor remover, antioxidant with healing features used for colds, congestion, digestion, menstruation and to regulate blood pressure.
Lemongrass works as an anti-inflammatory, digestive, expectorant agent, applied for release of tension, digestive disorders, colds and treatment of skin infections.
Tamarind is a common ingredient in Thai cuisine with an antiseptic and blood purifying effect. It is used for constipation, colds, fever, as well as skin cleansing and refining.
Antiseptic, expectorant and diaphoretic agent for the treatment of colds, sinus problems, severe congestion and respiratory ailments. Camphor Camphor has a strong antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, diaphoretic effect. It can be absorbed through inhalation helping as a bronchodilator with asthma and rhinitis. It also stimulates the brain, heart and blood circulation. It help to ease stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Used as a carminative agent and improves organ functioning (heart, stomach, skin). It has a strong, cooling effect and is used to lessen inflammation, infections of the urinary tract, colds, coughs, bleeding gums, skin irritation and depression.
This can be used externally for dry skin conditions including dandruff, and to heal wounds. Internally it can be used as a laxative or as an expectorant.