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The ‘nine pills’ of Mor Keaw

 

They are not that bitter to take. But one certainly needs self-discipline, creativity and patience in order to make the regimen of Buddhist medicine as prescribed by Jipat Klajone aka Mor Keaw, an integral part of one’s daily life. Below are what Jipat refers to as the ‘Nine Pills’, the basic health guideline:

[1] Nam Keaw (aka chlorophyll beverage)

 Drink before every meal and throughout the day

One can mix one or more types of plants with the “cooling” effects to make the fresh drink at home. These include ya nang (Tiliacora triandra Diels), pandanus leaf, bua bok (Centella asiatica Urban), Beijing grass, om saeb or benjarong (Justicia Gangetica), morning glory, saled pangporn (Clinacanthus nutans Lindau), the inner core of the banana tree and wan ka-ab hoy (Tradescantia spathacea Stearn), to name a few.


The green chlorophyll beverage made from these recommended plants could go as a stand-alone drink or be mixed with coconut or tamarind juice or lemonade to make the taste more palatable for some. Others may prefer adding hot water or mixing it with drinks made of plants with “heating” effects, such as lemon grass, ginger, or turmeric. Some may even opt for the heating type of herbal drinks only.

[2]Gua Sha

Don’t be scared by the red rashes!

An age-old folk medicine practised among the Chinese and the highland peoples of Southeast Asia, Gua Sha is a simple technique of rubbing repeatedly the different parts of the human body with a smooth edged object (ceramic Chinese soup spoon, a well-worn coin, honed animal bones, or jade). It is believed that the colour of the subcutaneous blemishing (ecchymosis) in each particular area due to the repeated pressured strokes – from light pink to red and dark blue/black – will indicate the state of health of that person as well as help bring the toxin-disease in certain vital organs up to the skin level and thus dissipate it. The person receiving the Gua Sha treatment should therefore wait four to eight hours before taking a bath.

To begin the Gua Sha session, one should first lubricate the skin with pure water or balms made of herbs with either heating or cooling effects, depending on the person’s condition. The developed rashes will usually disappear within the next few days.

[3]Detoxification of the large intestines

Many people might feel awkward, but a few who have tried it say they enjoyed the experience. The detoxification process is believed to help cleanse the accumulated waste that might not be completely released from the body during regular bowel movements. Pick and choose among the variety of herbs to add to water that will be injected into the body. The process is actually quite simple – just follow the instructions inside the detox kit available at the market at an affordable price. However, those who had an operation in the intestine area within the past three months should avoid this detoxification method.

[4]Hot spa at home

 Soak your hands and feet in a warm herbal concoction

Boil the herb(s) of your choice in hot water first, then add water at room temperature until it’s warm enough to soak the hands and feet. Do it for three minutes at a time, with a one-minute gap in between, for a total of three such mini-sessions. It is believed that the toxins in the body will gradually be released through the hands and feet exposed to the warm herb-mixed water. But overexposure will backfire as the toxin will then seep back into the body’s system again.

[5]Herbal mud spa

Make your own mix of herb(s), water and clay or charcoal and apply the mud to any part of the body that does not feel well. There are also easy recipes for making home-grown balm, distilled herbal drops and massage balls by and for oneself.

[6]Regular Exercise

Jipat has developed exercise methods that combine body stretching, yoga and acupressure along the meridian lines, which will boost both the strength and elasticity of the bones and muscles, as well as one’s overall chi energy.

[7]Balanced diet

Observe how different food items affect the body – making it feel hotter or cooler, energetic or lethargic – and adjust the diet to keep the balance accordingly.

Examples of heat-inducing foods are sticky rice, highly sweetened or seasoned foods or those with high levels of fat, meat, milk, certain kinds of mushrooms and nuts. “Hot” vegetables and fruits include basil leaves, onions, ginger, pepper, carrot, ripe pumpkin, papaya, tamarind and mango; seaweed, durian, jackfruit, guava, passion fruit, grape, pomegranate and so on.

Examples of cool-inducing foods are vermicelli, soya and green bean, certain kinds of mushrooms, vegetables like cauliflower, corn, green papaya, and fruits such as tomato, mangosteen, melon, lemon and coconut.

The foods should be cooked at moderate temperature and with minimum seasoning and be eaten shortly after cooking. Jipat also recommends taking foods from local sources that are chemical-free and if possible, within a three-kilometre radius.

[8]De-stress yourself

Why kill yourself slowly with toxic thoughts and lead an ever-hectic life? Take time to practise meditation and you will become aware of how certain habits and cravings will affect your own health. Learn to let go and cultivate loving kindness, compassion, rejoicing with others and, last but not least, equanimity when faced with events that are not to one’s liking.

[9]Balance between work and rest

Check our some of Jipat Klajone’s books, especially ‘Ma Pen Mor Du-lae Tua-eng Kan Thoe’ (Let’s be our own doctor), priced at 150 baht. A booklet on the same subject published by Sangdad is also available. Call 02-934-4414 ext 208.

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Source of Content : http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/health/32599/the-nine-pills-of-mor-keaw

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