8 Traditional Healing Medicines Used In Cambodia are common ingredients often found in the Khmer diet…

The ancient people of this land, discovered effective natural medical before the rise of the Angkor period that has been used to treat various ailments throughout Cambodia. Just about all Khmer traditional medicine used nowadays is derived from mostly herbal plants, bark, roots and leaves from various trees; but there are also some minerals and other natural ingredients used to encourage the body to heal and maintain itself.

Practitioners of this therapy are known locally as Krou Khmer and about 40 to 50 percent of the Cambodian population still uses traditional medicine.

GINGER: Ginger is among the healthiest (and arguably the most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Ginger can treat many forms of nausea, especially morning sickness, reduce muscle pain and soreness. It has anti-inflammatory effects, can help with osteoarthritis, help treat chronic indigestion and may significantly reduce menstrual pain. Also ginger diminishes the effects of fevers, coughs and colds.

GARLIC:  Garlic treats a wide range of conditions and diseases. This herb is known to reduce the risk of heart attacks as it helps avoid the formation of blood clotting. Garlic can help combat sickness including the common cold, reduce blood pressure, may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Known as a blood purifier, it may help clean the blood, can fight infectious disease and detoxify heavy metals in the body.

DRAGON FRUIT: Dragon Fruit should be called the anti-aging fruit and it is known for its properties in reducing the signs of aging and is high in both protein and fiber. It also suppresses Arthritis, reduces cholesterol, plus good for coughs and helps prevent Asthma.

GINSENG: This herbal root has also been used in Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years as well as being popular in Cambodia. There is a wide consumption of ginseng being used to increase stamina and boost sexual activity for some. It also reduces stress, treat sexual dysfunction in men, believed to enhance mental performance and decrease anxiety. It can help with weight loss, believed to contain anti-ageing properties thought to help slow down the process of ageing by regulating hormones.

MANGO LEAVES:  Mango Leaves are reddish or purplish when young, then growing into a dark green colour with a pale underside. These leaves are rich in vitamin C, B, A and high in other nutrients. The mango leaves have powerful antioxidant properties as they have a high content of flavonoids and phenols. The leaves are dried and powdered, so that it can be used for a variety of purposes. It is a popular fertility drug, helps overcoming nervousness, gall bladder issues and kidney stones.

CHILLI: Chilli has been used as a food, a spice and herbal medicine for over 9,000 years around the world. Often considered as one of nature’s wonder drugs, chilies are believed to be good for the kidneys, spleen, pancreas, lungs and heart. They are said to prevent cancer, heart disease, stroke, blood clots, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bronchitis, emphysema, coughs, colds and stomach ulcers.

GINGKO BILOBA: Gingko Biloba is proven and tested as effective in providing nutrients to the scalp thus making hair grow again. It is also known as food for the brain, enhancing memory retention, so great for those who are studying. It is also believed to help with depression, diabetes, circulation, allergies, vertigo, short-term memory loss, headache, atherosclerosis, tinnitus, cochlear deafness, macular degeneration and PMS.

HOODIA GORDONII (also known as Bushman’s hat). Hoodia Gordonii is believed to be very effective when addressing weight loss. It works by mimicking the effects that glucose has on the nerve cells in the brain – they transmit the feeling of fullness to the neurons, diminishing appetite. Hoodia Gordonii can be ingested through drinking juice or in powder form.

These are the 8 Traditional Healing Medicines Used In Cambodia and many can be found in the food s that the Khmer people commonly eat. Mainly fresh ingredients and spices are used in the food of Cambodia and there are many wonderful places where you can eat.

Siem Reap is a place where alternative therapies are still also widely used – from soothing spas to classes and retreats, you will be sure to find something here that takes your fancy.

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2017-08-25T02:28:05+00:00 Relax Relax Relax|4 Comments


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  3. Rosemary November 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Hello, This is very helpful information. I am writing a book that includes a character who is a Kru Khmer healer and I had heard of the Chres tree as having healing properties but I can’t find a source for that. Have you heard of this tree or other tree barks used in Battambang? Thank you so much for this informative site!

    • admin November 22, 2017 at 10:21 am - Reply

      Thank you for your comment. I will try to find out some information for you and will ask some local people.

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