Government seeks international recognition of Thai herbs

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BANGKOK – Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn has stressed that the government is urging higher industry standards and seeking international recognition of Thai herbs. 

The Minister said it is important to educate the public about traditional Thai medicine, as younger generations don’t have much interest in Thai herbs. Dr. Piyasakol pointed out that Thai medicine is safe and potent in healing various illnesses. He also indicated that nowadays traditional medicine can easily be found in grocery stores and hospitals, adding that the use of some of them is eligible for medical expense reimbursement.

Meanwhile, the Department for Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine’s Director-General Suriya Wongkongkathep, says that his agency has developed several traditional medicines that are suitable for use by the public. He added that the department has pushed for the establishment of a Thai traditional medicine division in several hospitals, while providing assistance in the cultivation of Thai herbs and promoting traditional Thai massage, both of which have been generating significant income for the Kingdom.