Public urged to use Thai herbs, vegetables

BANGKOK, 20 Oct 2013 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has encouraged people to look after themselves and boost their immune system by using Thai herbal medicines and local vegetables.

Dr Thawatchai Kamoltham, the Director-General of the Department for Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, said on Sunday that the weather was changing from the rainy season to the winter, which was the time when people usually came up with cold, coughing, pneumonia or diarrhea.

He said the public should turn to Thai traditional medicine because it can help balance a person’s body with the changing environment. For example, medicines that have a sour taste can clear phlegm out of the body, bitter medicines can improve one’s appetite and treat sleep disorders, and spicy medicines can help improve blood circulation and induce the expulsion of gas from the stomach or intestines.

He said people should consume fresh-cooked meals that have sour, slightly bitter or sour taste, such as different types of tomyum, or hot and sour soup.

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