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• Homoeopathic Association of Thailand, website : www.thaihomeopathy.org
History of Homeopathy in Thailand
Homeopathy was first introduced into the Kingdom of Thailand (then , Siam) in 1851 by an American missionary doctor, named Dr.Dan Beach Bradley. His close relationship with the elites made way for Homeopathy to gain the trust from members of the royal family. From historical records, the first Thai homeopath is a prince. His name is : His Royal Highness KromLuangWongsaDhirajSnid, a half brother of King Rama III and founder of the House of Snidvongs. He is the 49th son of King Rama II. The records, however, not only reveal that he was capable of administering homeopathic medicine, but also predicates the influence of Dr. Bradley had on him. Dr. Bradley’s acknowledgement of his own conversion to homeopathy could be found in his 1849 journal.
During the Reign of King Rama V (1868-1873) Siam was transforming itself into a modern nation-state. As the new Western medicine was introduced, e.g. vaccination against smallpox, treatment of cholera, changes in obstetrics and post-partum care, as well as in surgery, the Siamese elites quickly accept the “modern” medical system and the Thai traditional Medicine, including Homeopathy that they had learned from the foreign missionary doctors had faded away with the wind of change.
During the past 10 years, Thai Traditional Medicine and other CAM had made a comeback, but only Thai Traditional Medicine was legally recognized.Current Situation of Homeopathy in Thailand
Homoeopathic Association of Thailand was registered on June 1, 2010. In co-operation with The Faculty of Homeopathy of Belgium, we have organized 3 two-year postgraduate Homeopathy courses, the first one with the Golden Jubilee Medical Center, Mahidol University in 2011 through 2013. The second one with Rangsit University, which started in March, 2015 through January 2017. The current planned course will be organized in co-operation with Rangsit University also. The course will start in August, 2017. There are currently 78 graduated homeopaths in Thailand. The Thai FDA still hasn’t recognized homeopathic remedies and graduated homeopaths can only practice complementarily under their own existing professional licenses.