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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1063-1064
Horoscopic medicinal fortune stick: A still existing local public health in Mahayana Buddhist temple

Surindra Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

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Date of Web Publication5-Oct-2017

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Wiwanitkit V, Kaewla W. Horoscopic medicinal fortune stick: A still existing local public health in Mahayana Buddhist temple. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1063-4

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Wiwanitkit V, Kaewla W. Horoscopic medicinal fortune stick: A still existing local public health in Mahayana Buddhist temple. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Feb 24];10:1063-4. Available from:

Dear Sir,

The religious medicine plays important role in local public health system in several countries.[1],[2] Focusing on health care, Tomkins et al.[1] noted that “Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and traditional beliefs have similarities and differences in their viewpoints.” Focusing on Buddhism, there are srefeveral ancient health care wisdoms that is proved to be useful in public health.[3] Mahayana Buddhism or Chinese style Buddhism is widely practiced in Asia and it integrates with the concept of Chinese Medicine.[4] Sometimes, combination of the Chinese superstitious belief and alternative medicine system can be seen.[5] Here, the authors would like to present an interesting case study of horoscopic medicinal fortune stick, which is an interesting religious base health care wisdom existing local public health in Mahayana Buddhist temple in Thailand. The practice can be presently seen in only one Mahayana Buddhist temple namely Mungkornkamalawas. The details of the system starts from the patient visits to the temple, make a pray, and worship to the god. Then the patient will perform horoscopic practice using fortune stick. The stick with random number will be taken to the specific room within the temple meeting the alternative medicine doctor for consultation and give the specific drug to the patient. This is the combination between health belief, horoscope, and alternative medicine (Step-by-step detail of the process is presented in [Table 1]). Praying to the god and horoscopic practice using fortune stick can help support spiritual and mental aspect, whereas the role of alternative medicine doctor who finally prescribe the alternative medicine drug in physical care can be seen. As the system is totally controlled by licensed alternative medicine doctor, the process is legally accepted and the governmental institutions/regulators also recognize this practice. Holistic support for the patient can be seen based on this system. It is an actual interesting health care wisdom.
Table 1: Details of horoscopic medicinal fortune stick practice

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This work is supported by Fund from Surindra Rajabhat University, Thailand.

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Tomkins A, Duff J, Fitzgibbon A, Karam A, Mills EJ, Munnings K. et al. Controversies in faith and health care. Lancet 2015;386:1776-85.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Wasana Kaewla
Surindra Rajabhat University, Maung Surin District, Surin Province
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.196622

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