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24 April 2008 :: 18:04:48 pm 6904

Journey Into the Psychic Realms of Traditional Thai Medicine

Thailand is home to many traditions that by Western standards might be viewed as rank superstition. These traditions are largely incorporated in the more ancient of the two Thai medical traditions, the natural form of medicine, or TTM (Thai Traditional Medicine) as opposed to the Royal Institutionalised Medical Tradition.
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Examples of TTM are monks endowed with mystical powers, “mor phi” that is doctors of natural medicine many of whom who employ esp (extra-sensory perception) to diagnose medical problems, and individuals who are apparently possessed by souls of departed royal and religious dignitaries, who perform seemingly miraculous cures.
The West has suffered from the consequences of a break in transmission of ancient, arcane knowledge, specifically the loss of all the information contained in the archives of ancient Library of Alexandria, which, passing out of the mainstream consciousness, is now viewed with scepticism by Western academia and the so-called medical experts. What little that was recovered came back into Western onsciousness via the Arabs during the Renaissance, but this was only a fraction of what was reputed to be stored in the Alexandrian archives. Traditions in the Orient, however, claim that certain elements of this ancient knowledge found its way to the East, specifically to China, India and Tibet. Some of this found its way into the folklore and arcane medical traditions of the Hill Tribes and eventually became incorporated in TTM.

The TTM secrets have historically essentially only been transmitted orally in families and are virtually never written down. The knowledge and techniques rarely come to the attention of normal Thais, certainly the urban ones, but they are known of and believed in by rural Thais, who place great faith in them. It is through contact with females from the rural areas of Thailand, especially, that Western visitors and residents learn of such traditions, though, being mystified and inculcated with scepticism, rarely believe them.

Through my personal research and having co-written a book on the subject, I have exposed myself to such traditional practitioners and can verify that many are indeed possessed of what would normally be regarded as supernatural powers. However, my exposure is minimal compared with the other co-author, Richard Weinberg, who has encountered far more than me, largely via his Thai wife who is steeped in TTM. He is a practitioner of yoga, Chi Kung and Feldenkrais and because of his condition, having been paralysed through being shot in the head during the Vietnam War, sought out miraculous practitioners who have continued to aid his condition over 30 years. Many of whom performed miraculous cures of paralysis, mended broken limbs in record time and even cured cancer, right in front of his eyes. He, himself, as benefitted enormously from their help.

Some of these practitioners have been able to cure what are still incurable diseases in the West, notably cancer. They use ESP, Thai herbalism and jap sen or the deeper methods of Thai massage, which access the sen lines (known as nadis in Indian yoga and are related to the meridians or Chinese acupuncture). These essentially work on a psychic level. In ancient magical traditions of both East and West, more effective cures are attained by working on the psychic rather than the physical level.

In a recent account related by Pattaya City News (PCN), one such practitioner of TTM and her miraculous healing technique is described. Apparently, the lady known as Khun Napawan, claimed to be a Guardian Angel of Heaven, Hell and the Earth. She, according to PCN who witnessed part of the process, cured a partially-paralysed woman in record time using blessed water, lotus leaves, Chinese plums and direct physical contact between the patient and Khun Napawan.

If as PCN claim, Khun Napawan is able to effect such miraculous cures, she is one among many TTM practitioners who still practise what is seen as arcane knowledge. This knowledge is termed arcane, or secret, because the tradition, once practised in the West, has now effectively been lost along with general knowledge of it and is accordingly seen as miraculous. It is a phenomenon often passed through generations and , if one is karmically-aware and subscribes to the more holistic religions, can be seen as a function of reincarnation and the transmission of psychic talents as a result of incurred merit over many lifetimes.

Another instance, personally witnessed by myself and firmly believed in by rural Thais especially is the phenomenon of possession whereby an individual invokes the soul of what they claim is a religious or royal forebear and allow it to possess them. The soul is then able to work through the medium of the possessed person to often perform miraculous cures. Whether or not one believes in such matters, it is a reality in Thai folklore and one of the many benefits of living in this tropical paradise with its exotic traditions that are only now seeing a renaissance in the West

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Stories

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