This heated muslin parcel of aromatic herbs and spices is a heavenly health treatment in the raw; it is unchanged since Thailand’s Ayutthaya period (14th-18th century) when a fragrant hot-pack was administered to war-weary soldiers returning home with muscle aches and bruises.
Today the poultice is still used to alleviate pain or inflammation (especially good post partum) by opening the pores and bringing a medicinal heat to the muscles to induce relaxation.
The Thai herbal pack is excellent. For an authentic steamy session, to soothe sore muscles and relax, combine the herb pack with a massage at the Thai Massage School, located in the corner of the beautiful Wat Po temple in Bangkok. Watch out for some real heat here and some temporary yellow skin staining (from the turmeric), but leave feeling better than believed possible!