Traditional Thai therapeutic herbal
ointments are invaluable additions to a home medicine cabinet. These
ointments are made by the highly-respected Wangphrom Herbal Center in
Bangkok and are used extensively in spas throughout Thailand. Many Thais
also use them regularly at home as a treatment for a variety of common
ailments and injuries.
The ointments are used externally only and contain a number of
effective herbal ingredients in various proportions, including camphor,
menthol, plai essential oil (Zingiber cassumunar Roxburgh) and hophead
Philippine violet (Barleria lupulina Lindl).
There are three types of ointment available:
White (Dr. Chaloem’s balm) – a general-purpose balm
for the relief of aches and pains, localised swelling, skin irritations,
and nasal congestion [Traditional Medicine No. G 542/46]
Green (Philippine Violet balm) – a strong balm for
the relief of aches and pains in muscles and joints, muscle strains,
swelling and skin irritations, insect bites, bruises, shingles
[Traditional Medicine No. G 656/46]
Yellow (Zingiber Montanum balm) – an
anti-inflammatory balm with analgesic properties for the relief of
localised swelling and associated inflammation [Traditional Medicine No.
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As with all ailments and medications, if your condition persists, consult your doctor.