The blend of herbs used in the hot compresses massage herbal ball has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body’s energy reserves a huge boost. The herbs in the herbal ball possess properties that are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant.
The herbal ball hot compress technique offers several potential health benefits. It induces deep relaxation, relieves stress and fatigue, boosts both emotional and physical well-being, assists alignment and postural integrity of the body, improves circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates the internal organs.
Typically, a Thai herbal ball contains specific Asian herbs such as Tamarind, Plai, Lemongrass, Galangal, Turmeric and many other ingredients. The herbal qualities are carefully selected so that they blend well together and form a therapeutic mix that will benefit the specific ailments and complaints of the person being massaged. They are used to address sprains, bruises and sore muscles, cleanse and heal the skin by promoting cell growth, and aid upper respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, asthma, and the common cold.
Borneo Camphor Borneo Camphor has a wide range of uses. It aids the digestive system by stimulating the production of gastric juices; tones the heart and improves circulation; treats bronchitis, coughs and colds; can relieve pain caused by rheumatic diseases and sprains; reduces swelling; relives stress; and can be used as a tonic to promote relaxation and reduce exhaustion.
In some parts of the world, it is even used as an insect repellant.
Camphor Camphor is a widely used ingredient to treat acne and pimples. Camphor can be dissolved and applied on skin to remove acne and its dark scars from the skin. Camphor is also used in some anti-itch ointments, creams and cooling gels because it is can be absorbed through skin and is effective at treating pain locally. Camphor is used topically to increase local blood flow and as a counterirritant, which reduces pain and swelling by causing irritation. It has an analgesic effect which makes it a favorite oil to be used in pain relieving massage blends for sore muscles and arthritic pain.
Calamus Calamus is a greatly valued herb in Ayurveda, as its stimulating aroma rejuvenates the brain and the nervous system. Traditionally calamus was used for its effects on the digestive system and the lungs. This herb eliminates phlegm, clears congestion, and tranquilizes the mind. The plant is externally used to treat skin eruptions, rheumatic pains and neuralgia. The root oil is strong and fragrant, its taste warm, bitterish, pungent and aromatic. Its active principles are taken up by boiling water.
Curcuma Aromatica Curcuma Aromatica has vast ethnobotanical value, already known in india as tonic, carminative, antidote to snake bite, astringent and used for bruises, corns and sprains.
Eaenaeon Vine Extraction of Compound Eaenaeon Vine has more effect to relief painful and anti-inflammation, which can also be used to treat low back pain. These compositions are effective in skin cells and can thus reduce age-related skin damage and improve appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin sagging and other symptoms of skin aging or skin damage.
Galangal Galangal, a herb like ginger and turmeric belongs to the rhizome family. Galangal contains anti-inflammatory properties and therefore is beneficial in treatment of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps to relieve discomfort caused due to inflammation of the abdomen and ulcers too. Galangal contains a host of anti-oxidants that helps to minimize the damage caused by free radicals and other toxins in the body.
Jewel Vine The stem of Jewel Vine has been widely use in Thai traditional medicine, for example of muscle pain and is a symptom of many diseases and disorders. The most common causes are the overuse or over-stretching of a muscle or group of muscles. Jewel Vine extract has an anti-inflammatory activity.
Lemongrass Lemongrass has powerful pain relieving properties. It helps to alleviate muscle spasms by relaxing the muscles thereby leading to the reduction of pain-related symptoms. It is thus useful for all types of pain including abdominal pain, headaches, joint pains, muscle pains, digestive tract spasms, muscle cramps, stomachache and others. This remedy has also been linked to increasing the body’s ability to repair damaged connective tissue such as cartilage, ligaments and tendons and is thus recommended for these types of injuries. Another related benefit is for improvements in blood circulation. As an antifungal and antibacterial, lemongrass inhibits bacteria and yeast growth. For this it is useful for gastrointestinal infections and may also be applied externally to wounds as it fights germs.
Ringworm Bush A medicinal herb that contains chrysophanic acid, a fungicide used to treat fungal infections, like ringworms, scabies and eczema. Akapulko also contains saponin, a laxative that is useful in expelling intestinal parasites.
Tamarind Tamarind is a shrubby tree with a wide range around the world. Used in Ayurvedic medicine for gastric problems and for bacterial skin infections, it is also a culinary herb. Tamarind leaves are commonly used in herbal balls.
Turmeric Turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Zingiber Cassumunar Roxb. Zingiber Cassumunar Roxb or Plai is highly regarded for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenative and relaxing therapeutic properties. It also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, an American study found that plai oil exhibits antimicrobial activity against a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, dermatophytes, and yeasts.
A Thai herbal ball is a blend of herbs tied up in a muslin ball which is steamed before being applied to the skin. While the Thai herbal ball massage can be really beneficial to you on many levels, it is important to ascertain the quality and freshness of the ingredients used.