The purpose of this study was to examine, identify, and accumulate all existing methods of Thai traditional medicine that were available in Chachoengsao Province, Thailand. All practitioners of a traditional system of medicine developed and selected methods of treatment, which had been existed in Thailand before the advent of European medicine, still flourish. Observing, interviewing, surveying, and using both of participatory and non-participatory descriptive qualitative researches carried out this study. The findings of this research demonstrated that most Thai traditional medicine practitioners were men in their old age, more than 60 years old, who had finished primary school and all of them had the knowledge or textbooks that were passed on and developed from generation to generation. Their beliefs about the causes of illness were different and we divided them into four groups, i.e., supernatural power, power of nature, power of the universe, and kimijati (Thai traditional medicine word). The examination procedures of Thai traditional medicine were done in a consequent manner, i.e., check patient history and chief compliants, physical examiniations, diagnosis and astrological examinations.
Kanuengnit Chuienkha, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University, Thailand
Stream: Social Sciences
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