The advent of Western medicine in Thailand about 100 years ago precipitated a decline in traditional herbal medication. Locally made remedies came to be considered backward and were forsaken in favour of the imported medicines that began to feature prominently in the local health care system.
Despite attempts to revive traditional medicine in the 1970s, imported Western medicine remains the standard panacea for illnesses at most hospitals.
Against this backdrop, it is ironic that there exists in this country today an institution that produces traditional herbal medicines and cosmetics and uses the profits generated from their sales to fund a hospital that relies on more mainstream medications.
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