The healing practice of Thai herbal compress therapy dates back nearly 5,000 years to an era when the knowledge of plants, including their effects through ingestion or application on the body, were painstakingly researched and then passed down from one generation to the next.

This herbal therapy was designed to relieve pain and inflammation.  A selection of therapeutic herbs, including ginger, turmeric and lemongrass, are wrapped in a muslin compress, steamed and then applied to the body in gentle pressing, circular and rolling movements.

In Thailand, the herbal compress is called luk pra kob, translated as “herbal pressing sphere.”  To make the compress, a combination of healing herbs is bundled together in accordance with ancient recipes, steamed and placed directly on the skin to soothe muscular aches and swelling.

The Thai herbal compress technique offers several potential health benefits:

  • Induces deep relaxation
  • Relieves stress and fatigue
  • Boosts both emotional and physical well-being
  • Assists alignment and postural integrity of the body
  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph
  • Helps boost the immune system
  • Stimulates the internal organs
  • Lowers blood pressure

As the pores open and allow the herbs to take effect, ailments such as stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, back pain, migraines, stress and anxiety are relieved.

The hot compresses are ideal for:

  • Alleviating pain
  • Stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments
  • Chronic back aches
  • Arthritis
  • Skin conditions
  • Migraines
  • Chronic stress or anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual cramps

The blend of traditional Thai herbs used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body’s energy reserves a huge boost.

The compress traditionally consists of a mixture of several herbs, most containing the six basic herbs as a base: lemongrass, prai (or plai), turmeric, kaffir lime, camphor and tamarind.