Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 471--472

Arogayasala in present Thai culture: Adaptation of ancient public health primary care system


Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Department of Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

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Viroj Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok
Thailand




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Wiwanitkit V. Arogayasala in present Thai culture: Adaptation of ancient public health primary care system.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:471-472


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Wiwanitkit V. Arogayasala in present Thai culture: Adaptation of ancient public health primary care system. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Dec 10 ];10:471-472
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Dear Sir,

The primary health care system is the basic system in public health that can be seen in any countries. In medical history, the local primary health care center has been set and operated for many centuries. It can be reflected by rooted local public health wisdom. In Indochina Cambodian (Khmer or Angkor) culture, the local system has been seen for thousand years.[1] The ancient local hospitals namely Arogayasala were constructed for serving primary health care to the local people. The use of naturopathy concept and herb was the main practice in Arogayasala. The ancient buildings are still existed in the present day and become the world heritage. The interesting concern is the system that is, still existed in the present day. Here, the author assesses and studies on the existed Arogayasala system in the present day in the Northeastern region of Thailand which was the part of ancient Indochina Cambodia. Based on the survey, there are at least two local present Arogayasala at present. The first is at Arokhayasala Foundation, Wat Khampramong, Sakon Nakhon Province.[2] This Arogayasala sits within the area of a Buddhist temple and also give the alternative medicine care to the patients especially for those with cancers.[2] The second is at Kap Cheong District Hospital, Surin Province, which give basic health care service to the local people. The herbal medicine is also used in this center. These new Arogayasala use integration of local wisdom, naturopathy, and modern medicine service in giving primary health care to the local people. Furthermore, all are under the control of modern governmental public health system. The adaptation of ancient public health primary care system in the case of Arogayasala is very interesting. The integration of local health care wisdom and modern medicine is a good model that can improve the holistic care to the local people with their familiar rooted health lifestyle.

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References

1Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Local wisdom for cancer prevention: A case study from Dângrêk region. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:16-7.
2Poonthananiwatkul B, Lim RH, Howard RL, Pibanpaknitee P, Williamson EM. Traditional medicine use by cancer patients in Thailand. J Ethnopharmacol 2015;168:100-7.