In Thailand, a tropical country in Southeast Asia, member of Indochina countries where Indian and Chinese cultures meet each other, the use of alternative medicine is common. Now, the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), operating under the Ministry of Industry and is the principal government agency for encouraging investment, has announced their support to push Thailand even more as the medical hub of Asia, not only in what refers to the latest medicinal technology and medicine but also in alternative medicine .
This strategy to become the "Medical Hub of Asia", initiated back in 2004, brought Thailand medical infrastructures to a first-rate class, being internationally recognized as a country able to deliver world-class medical treatments and a center of excellent health in Asia, with presently more than 1,000 public and 400 private hospitals operating in compliance with international standards .
But Thailand has not only focused on traditional medicine technologies and developments, Thailand is also globally renowned for its alternative medicinal treatments, some of which include Thai massages, Thai herbs, spas (33 of them classified as world class), meditation and yoga. Image: Paradise Resort, Koh Yao Noi by Rev Stan under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0).