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In Thailand, Traditional Thai Medicine is taken seriously. Quite a number of universities and colleges in the country offer Alternative and Traditional Medicine undergraduate and graduate programs, and there are various national associations and organizations that occupy themselves with Thai Medicine education and practice.
Most of the time the courses are named Applied Thai Traditional Medicine. Yet, sometimes only Traditional Thai Medicine depending on the specific focus of study contents. In the majority of cases there’s a rather practical aspect to the studies… luckily. Because who needs a college Thai Masseur knowing only theoretically how the Sip Sen Lines run through the body?
Now, most of the time program curricula consist of a combination of 4 major studies: Traditional Thai Massage, Traditional Thai Pharmacy (herbs and application), Thai Traditional Medical Practice (diagnosis, prescription, etc), and Traditional Thai Midwifery (pre- and postnatal practices). Students can often choose a specialization. Depending on the college or university certain aspects of their Thai Medicine program have more focus than others, like more emphasis on Thai Pharmacy, or more on Thai Medical Practice, etc.
For instance, the Thai Massage programs vary from 372 hours to 800 hours or 1300 hours programs, with certain (therapeutic) specializations. Apart from the undergraduate Bachelor studies, some universities also offer graduate Master, post-graduate and research opportunities.
You’ll find Traditional Thai Medicine programs being part of different faculties, depending on how a college or university is organized. Studies can be found at a Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Nursing, at an Academic Hospital attached to a university, or even at a Faculty of Science and Technology.
Thai Traditional Medicine studies are generally accessible for foreigners also, but mind that most of the programs are in Thai (fully or partially) for which you’ll need a good command of the Thai Language. Sometimes, parts of the university or college programs are offered as separate (sometimes international) courses (like for instance Thai Massage, Thai Midwifery or Thai Pharmacy or even Spa treatments), which would most likely give foreigners better opportunities to enroll.
Well, that’s it for now. Below a list of the colleges and universities we’ve found in Thailand that offer Traditional Thai Medicine studies, courses and programs. Some websites have English sections which gives you a better idea of how Thai Medicine studies are offered Thailand.
Thai Massage Colleges in Thailand
Abhaibhubejhr College of Traditional Medicine PrachinburiPLACES IN THAILAND Prachinburi The Abhaibhubejhr College of Traditional Medicine Prachinburi offers a Thai Traditional Medicine College program: Thai Pharmacy, Thai medical practice, Thai Massage, and Thai Midwifery. [ Read more ... ]
Burapha UniversityPLACES IN THAILAND Chonburi The Faculty of Abhaibhubejhr of Thai Traditional Medicine was established in 2005. The faculty is run in cooperation with the Abhaibhubejhr Hospital specialized in Thai Herbal products. [ Read more ... ]
Chiang Mai University – Faculty of MedicinePLACES IN THAILAND Chiang Mai The Faculty of Medicine of the Chiang Mai University (CMU) has attached to it a Center of Thai Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TTCM). Its main tasks are research on Thai traditi [ Read more ... ]
Chiang Mai University – Faculty of NursingPLACES IN THAILAND Chiang Mai In cooperation with the Health Spa Development Center at Mae Sa, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai the faculty offers a Spa Manager Course, Thai Massage Course, and therapy courses for Spa Therapists [ Read more ... ]
Chulalongkorn University – Faculty of ArtsPLACES IN THAILAND Bangkok The Thai Studies Center, Faculty of Arts, at the Chulalongkorn University, offers M.A. and Ph.D Programs in Thai Studies (in English). These programs are designed for those who are inte [ Read more ... ]
Chulalongkorn University | College of Public Health SciencesPLACES IN THAILAND Bangkok Offers, among other programs, research-based Master of Science programs in Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicines. [ Read more ... ]
College of Muay Thai Study and Traditional Thai MedicinePLACES IN THAILAND Ratchaburi The college is part of the Muban Chombueng Rajbhat University. The Muay Thai Study and Thai Traditional Medicine College is the first in Thailand to offer Muay Thai Study courses, from [ Read more ... ]
Khon Kaen University | Faculty of Associated Medical SciencesPLACES IN THAILAND Isan, Khon Kaen The Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences has a research program for alternative treatment with Thai massage for Musculo and Skeletal disorders in relation to Back pain, Neck pain, Kne [ Read more ... ]
Mae Fah Luang | School of Health SciencesPLACES IN THAILAND Chiang Rai The School of Health Sciences is part of the Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai and runs a Bachelor and Master program of Traditional Thai Medicine. [ Read more ... ]
Mahasarakham University | Faculty of MedicinePLACES IN THAILAND Isan The Faculty of Medicine of the University located in Maha Sarakham offers a bachelor program in Applied Traditional Thai Medicine. [ Read more ... ]
Mahidol University | Siriraj HospitalPLACES IN THAILAND Bangkok The Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University runs a Center of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine (and a 4-year Bachelor program) and is an educational institution in the f [ Read more ... ]
Phayao UniversityPLACES IN THAILAND Phayao The Faculty of Medicine of the Phayao University has a branch of Applied Traditional Thai medicine. The School of Architecture and Fine Arts of the university offers Traditional Thai Da [ Read more ... ]
Rajamangala University SrivijayaPLACES IN THAILAND Nakhon Si Thammarat The University runs a Thai Traditional Medicine College runs a Bachelor and Master program in Thai Traditional Medicine. Fields of study are Thai Medicine Practice, Thai Pharmacy, Thai [ Read more ... ]
Sirindhorn College of Public HealthPLACES IN THAILAND Chonburi The Sirindhorn College of Public Health in Chonburi offers a college program of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine. The college has a Thai Traditional medicine clinic attached to it. [ Read more ... ]
Sukhothai Thammathirat Open UniversityPLACES IN THAILAND Nonthaburi The university offers a Bachelor and Master program of Thai Traditional Medicine or Applied Traditional Thai Medicine. Programs are part of the Faculty of health Sciences. [ Read more ... ]
Yala Sirindhorn College of Public Health The Sirindhorn College of Public Health in Yala offers a Thai Traditional Medicine Course and Bachelor of Thai Traditional Medicine Program. Program courses are Thai Traditional Midwife [ Read more ... ]