The Thamkrabok Monastery is located 140kms north of Bangkok, Thailand, and has for over 50 years provided a highly successful herbal detoxification service to drug addicted persons from around the world. Over this period the Abbot and his monks have saved thousands of their countrymen from the long term effects of drug addiction.
The treatment is provided to Thai addicts at little or no cost to them or their families as a part of the goodwill of the Monastery in supporting its people. The occasional westerner is offered the treatment for a mandatory donation, of which the funds are used to extend the services of the monastery. Although based on the Buddhist faith and principles, people from all denominations and ethnic groups are welcomed.
The treatment involves the administering of a herbal mixture each morning, followed by two herbal tablets at night. This must be maintained for five consecutive days, during which the patient will also participate in herbal steambaths which will increase the body’s healing abilities. After the five days of treatment patients will be transferred to the recovery area where they may relax and recuperate for a further 2-3 days before beginning the trip home, though a typical stay for an addict may last from 14 to 28 days depending on their addiction.
Luangpor Yai, the holy woman who was the great teacher in Thamkrabok, has developed the rather disgusting, but very effective potion which contains more than 100 natural ingredients. Only two people know the recipe: the Abbot and the Pharmacist.
The patients kneel in a line in front of an open grate, and are given 2.5 – 3.5 cc of the potion, which is followed by drinking a bowl of water mixed with herbal tea from a bucket beside them. They wait a further five minutes and drink another 3 to 4 bowls of the herbal tea water. Some time is taken for the mixture to be dispersed inside the body, then vomiting will be induced. Three to four ‘rounds’ are taken, until the bucket is empty.
The tea given before the steam bath has a purifying effect and can be taken all day long. Like the vomiting, the steam bath is a classical element of physical purification. Four kinds of herbs are added to the steam; they are exceptionally good for the skin, the lungs and the eyes. Four ‘sessions’ are endured, the first two being 10 minutes, the last two lasting only five. After each session, patients scramble to a large open tub filled with water to cool themselves off.