The herbal ball (herbal compress ball) is a treatment that uses a round herbal ball of special herbs. For centuries the Thai people have been using dried herbs to treat many different aliments in the body. One of the best types of treatments for muscle and soft tissue pain is used in the form of a herbal compress. It is commonly compliments traditional massage. Thai type of treatment is said to be particularly good for muscle aches and pain.
The herbal ball is used to alleviate pain or inflammation by opening the pores and bringing a medicinal heat to muscles to induce relaxation. The blend of herbs helps to relieve muscle and joint pain, increases blood circulation, and nourishes and revitalizes the skin. It induces deep relaxation, relieves stress and fatigue, boosts both emotional and physical well-being, assists alignment and postural integrity of the body.
Thai herbal balls have been widely used in various spa therapeutic treatments, such as Thai massage. The general benefits of Thai herbal ball massage are much like those of any other massage, there are some specific benefits that can be attributed to the herbs used for making the herbal ball for the massage. As the herbal ball is heated before the massage, it helps radiate heat through the body of the person being massaged.
Heat helps dilate the blood vessels in the body and that increases the amount of blood and oxygen circulating in the body. As more oxygen is made available to various organs, they become more efficient.
Typically, a Thai herbal ball contains specific Southeast Asian herbs such as tamarind, kaffir leaves, lemongrass, shikakai, ginger, and many other ingredients.
Ginger is commonly used in the herbal massage, and it is an extremely beneficial herb for treating various digestive disorders as well as allergies. Ginger also has antibacterial qualities and is used to improve the quality of the skin and treat skin ailments or bacterial infections. Using this herbal press on and around the abdominal area can also help relieve you of various digestive disorders.
Lemongrass and Kaffir lime
Lemongrass is a citrus-scented herb used in Asian cooking and in herbal balls. The leaves are chopped and combined with the other ingredients. Kaffir lime leaves and rind are very fragrant, and are used in cooking and in herbal poultices.
Acacia concinna or shikakai is a tree native to Asia. The fruit pods, leaves and bark are dried, powdered and made into a paste used in shampoo and skin care preparations, as well as in Thai herbal balls.
spas use the compress in their heated body treatments that involve massage techniques, and oil. Mental benefits include the relief of stress, anxiety, and fatigue, as well as engendering a sense of deep relaxation while at the same time leaving one feeling refreshed and invigorated. This is a holistic treatment that aids with overall health, including generating feelings of well-being, relaxation, and positive energy. The herbal compress is becoming a staple in homes and professional settings around the world. It’s has many uses and the affects are amazing.