Thai herbal ball application is done in conjunction with Thai massage. First, the sore muscles and joints are worked on through stretching and compression techniques of Thai massage. Then, the heated herbal compress is applied over most of the body. The herbal ball is rolled, pressed, and circled right on the body, preferably directly on the skin. A warm sheet is usually draped over the recipient for privacy and to preserve the heat from the herbal pack.
* soothing sore and aching muscles
* relieving stiffness in the joints
* enhancing circulation of blood and lymph
* soothing skin inflammation with anti-inflammatory herbs
* promoting better breathing with camphor and menthol
The herbal heat compresses have been used for centuries to soothe the aching muscles of war-weary soldiers during the Thai-Burmese battles in the Ayutthaya period.
Once, the Thai herbal mixtures were the secret tools of ancient healers, but nowadays they are widely available ready-made throughout Thailand and the rest of the world.
The ingredients in the Thai herbal ball may vary from region to region and according to a specific formula used to address specific ailments. Yet, the majority of the Thai herbal balls contain a few common ingredients: Plai (Thai ginger), Kafir Lime, Turmeric, Acacia leaves, Menthol, Camphor, and Myrtle Grass.