In Thailand the typical compress houses traditional herbs from the gardens of Thailand. These herbs have both medicinal and aesthetic uses. The herbs are taken into the body either topically or by being inhaled. The unique drawing properties of each hand picked herb allow for removal of toxins causing an immediate decrease of inflammation and pain. All three methods allow the medicinal properties of the herbs to have profound effects in body.
Thai Herbal Compress / Thai Hot Stem
Originally created in Thailand during the middle ages, the Thai herbal compress has been used for treatments all over the world for centuries. Typically they were used on soldiers returning from battle to get immediate responses to inflammation from wounds and injuries. They were also used for treating soreness and pain from tired, achy muscles and joints.
Now, they are used in many forms around the world. In north America we typically see them being used for personal use as home remedies for treatment of small wounds, inflamed joints or even menstrual cramps. For years spas in Europe and more recently in North America, have been using the power of the herbal compress to lure clients into an ancient world of the past, surrounding them with rich enticing aromas and deep moist heat that alleviate stress from everyday living. Massage clinics have also stepped into the world of the compress, using them in Thai massage treatments for removal of toxins during inflammation, improving muscle tone tension, and easing aches and pains from many conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and soft tissue injuries.
There are many ways to create a compress for home remedies within the home. These are typically called poultices because they are applied directly to the skin for deep absorption and effectiveness or they can be wrapped in cloth, heated then applied to the skin. A simple way to make a poultice for home would be to choose the herb or substance of choice, say oatmeal, place it on a square of material, wrap it up, heat it, and place it on the area for relief. Some poultices can be used for extended periods, for example the Castor oil wrap. These types of wraps can be left on overnight. See article on how to make a homemade poultice for step by step instructions.