Thai Traditional Pharmacy and Herbal Medicine in Thailand

Published | Updated February 28, 2020
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Thai Traditional Pharmacy and Herbal Medicine in Thailand
The Traditional Thai Pharmacy practice in Thailand comprises of the use of medicinal materials or components derived from plants, animals or minerals, which are used as traditional medicines. Furthermore, it involves the art of compounding those ingredients into various dosage forms of Traditional Thai Medicine recipes.

In Thailand, complete and thorough Thai Pharmacy training is nowadays usually offered at colleges and universities as a bachelor undergraduate program. Most of the time it’s part of a complete 4-year Thai Traditional Medicine program, but it’s also offered as a separate study (which then usually takes 2 years). There are also some private institutes that offer the study.

Usually these study programs are only accessible for those who master the Thai Language, or even only for Thai citizens, but there are some programs open for foreigners.

Study Curriculum

Students learn about the benefits and forms of herbal medicine, and the methods and techniques of preparing quality drugs.

Main subject areas are:

  • Materia Medica: Students study plants, animals and elements that can be used in the treatment of disorders.
  • Medicinal Characteristics: Students study both modern and Thai Traditional Pharmacy. They gain knowledge of the major substances found in each herb and also acquire laboratory skills.
  • Combining Materia Medica: Students study how to combine herbal medicines to acquire skills in using herbal medicine to treat patients.
  • Traditional Pharmaceutics: Students study how to select material in order to prepare and produce different herbal medicines according to Thai traditional medicine methods and recipes.

Furthermore, student gain knowledge about the use of herbs in basic health services, about traditional household remedies, traditional drugs in the national list of essential medicines, and the laws relating to the production and distribution of traditional medicines.

Practice and experience is an important part of the study: students have to gain practical experience of the use of herbs and medicines and different strategies are applied to promote practical knowledge, such as for instance forest trekking with Thai traditional doctors to recognize and collect plants and herbs, engagement with institutes or companies that produce herbal medicines, internships at community hospitals in different regions of Thailand, and funding of research projects relating to the development of knowledge and use of herbs.

Colleges & Universities

Below you’ll find an overview of colleges and universities in Thailand that offer Thai Traditional Pharmacy education. The majority of institutes mentioned, also offer a complete Traditional Thai Medicine study.

Abhaibhubejhr College of Traditional Medicine Prachinburi

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PLACES 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. [ ... ]


Burapha University

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PLACES 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. [ ... ]


Chulalongkorn University | College of Public Health Sciences

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PLACES IN THAILAND
 Bangkok    

Offers, among other programs, research-based Master of Science programs in Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicines. [ ... ]


College of Muay Thai Study and Traditional Thai Medicine

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PLACES 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 [ ... ]


Mae Fah Luang | School of Health Sciences

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PLACES 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. [ ... ]


Mahasarakham University | Faculty of Medicine

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PLACES IN THAILAND
 Isan    

The Faculty of Medicine of the University located in Maha Sarakham offers a bachelor program in Applied Traditional Thai Medicine. [ ... ]


Mahidol University | Siriraj Hospital

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PLACES 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 [ ... ]


Naresuan University | Faculty of Public Health

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PLACES IN THAILAND
 Phitsanulok   

The Faculty of Public Health from the Naresuan University in Phitsanulok offers an undergraduate Bachelor college program of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine. [ ... ]


Phayao University

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PLACES 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 [ ... ]


Prince of Songkla University

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PLACES IN THAILAND
 Hat Yai, Pattani, Phuket, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang   

The Faculty of Traditional Thai Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai Campus offers a Bachelor and Master of Thai Traditional Medicine program, including Traditional Thai Massa [ ... ]


Rajamangala University Srivijaya

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PLACES 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 [ ... ]


Rajamangala University Thanyaburi

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PLACES IN THAILAND
 Pathum Thani, Thanyaburi     

The University has a Thai Traditional Medicine College with a 4-year Bachelor of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine Program (B.ATM.) including Thai Massage. Short courses offered are Tha [ ... ]


Rangsit University | College of Oriental Medicine

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PLACES IN THAILAND
 Pathum Thani, Rangsit   

The Rangsit University runs a Bachelor and Master Program of Oriental Medicine, including that of Traditional Thai Medicine. [ ... ]


Sirindhorn College of Public Health

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PLACES 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. [ ... ]


Siripat Thai-Med School

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PLACES IN THAILAND
 Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom     

The Siripat Thai-Med School offers a full program of Thai Traditional medicine education, including Thai Midwifery, Thai Pharmacy, Thai medicine, and Reusi Dat Ton (Thai Yoga) [ ... ]


Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University

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PLACES IN THAILAND
 Bangkok     

The university offers a Bachelor, Master, and PhD program in Applied Thai Traditional Medicine. [ ... ]


Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University

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PLACES 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. [ ... ]


Thaksin University

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PLACES IN THAILAND
 Hat Yai, Phatthalung, Songkhla    

The Faculty of Health and Sports Science, Thaksin University (Songkhla and Phatthalung Campus) offers a Bachelor program of Traditional Thai medicine. The Faculty of Arts offers a Bache [ ... ]


Yala Sirindhorn College of Public Health

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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 [ ... ]


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