Thursday, August 7, 2008

Plai for Intense musculo-skeletal Pain Relief: Arthritis, etc

The Traditional Thai Herb Ball used in Thai massage contains a blend of potent pain relieving herbs : Plai, Ginger, Lemongrass, Turmeric, Tamarind, Cumin & others all wrapped in Thai cotton. When applied to the body with heat and pressure, the essential oils from these herbs are transferred to the skin which reduces muscular tension and increases blood circulation.

In recent times, the essential oil of Plai is being researched for its multiple benefits to the body. Plai, of the ginger family, is extremely helpful to inflamed areas, be they joints and muscles or kidneys and lungs, to a degree that others do not reach.

Research says that on inflamed joints, undiluted Plai eases pain over 18 hours, which other oils cannot do, however skin sensitization is a possibility. On joints inflamed due to injury, Plai was best combined with oils such as black pepper, lemon or neroli, cedarwood and orange .

Our Intense Pain Relief Serum is a combination of Plai with Ginger, Marjoram, Bergamot, Cumin Oils and provides immediate and sustained relief for  musculo-skeletal pain.

Pain that is not easily relieved by other methods, like pain killers &and topical treatments respond well to this Serum. Injuries which respond include a catch in back, neck and shoulder strain due to sudden activity. Lately, it has a lot of users for Hand-wrist pain due to frequent computer usage which leaves fingers limited in flexibility and joints aching due to repeated usage.
Any pain which restricts movement in joints and also leaves muscles sore finds a good degree of relief.

It is well liked by Soccer and Baseball coaches, especially those who aren't in regular training!

Plai to relieve arthritis pain:

This is an oriental herb and very little is known in the western world about Plai, which is such a pity. More arthritis & rheumatic pain users should incorporate this oil into their daily regimen to increase their mobility.
Among the many essential oils I have used sporadically for pain, Plai is by far the best for joint/muscle pain - for arthritis related pain,  perhaps even Fibromyalgia can be helped too- the oil profile makes it a possibility
I have used about 30+ EOs for pain , many common ones & many uncommon ones, but the immediate & sustained relief provided by Plai hasnt been surpassed by any for the joint & back areas.

I have used alone and in synergies these Essential oils - Bay (leaf), Bergamot, Black Pepper, Black Cumin, Clove, Cinnamon bark, Cardamom, Fennel, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Helichrysium, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper,Lavender, Marjoram,Niaouli,  Nutmeg,Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Ylang the irreplaceable Sandalwood,   & a few more.

Other info

Plai is also used in post operative blends in the East on knees,shoulders and through the process of hip-replacement. It is also able to relieve arthritis pain and increase mobility, and well worth looking at for those looking for alternatives to traditional painkillers that irritata the stomach lining.

Some research has also been done suggesting using Plai for asthma (exercise and allergy induced), with tarragon or rosemary and cypress, causes the attacks to diminish in intensity.even though aroma is a little overwhelming at first, even just smelling the blend causes the attack to reduce.


  1. Lovely & important info. These are natural herbs which have anti-inflammatory properties & helpful in joint pain relief. Thanks for this useful sharing.

  2. You are correct regarding the healing benefits of Plai, At Patcharapat Spa we are using fresh Plai as one of the ingredients in our Thai Herbal Massage Compress to treat anything from joint pain, Arthritis, Rheumatism even for cellulite reduction and slimming.

    Khun Siwalai, Patcharapat, Hua Hin Thailand

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