Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in the eastern province of Prachin Buri will be developed into a Thai traditional medical hub in ASEAN.
The Cabinet, during its mobile meeting in Chachoengsao province on 31 March 2013, approved a project on the Abhaibhubejhr health complex as a learning center for organic agriculture and traditional health style.
Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong said that the 16.8-million-baht project would upgrade the Thai traditional medical and herbal services to higher standards, on a full-cycle basis. The project will be further developed, to the point that Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital will become the Thai Traditional Medical Hub in ASEAN.
The Abhaibhubejhr health complex project is located on the land owned by the Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital Foundation. It will provide knowledge on health care for older persons in a holistic manner, Thai spa services, traditional medicine, and herbal production. The complex will also display ASEAN herbs and demonstrate the management of raw materials for organic agriculture.
Dr. Pradit said that the project is in line with the Government’s policy of making Thailand Asia’s leader in health care products and services. Toward this aim, Thailand is developing itself into an international medical hub.
Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital is famous for herbal products and traditional Thai medicine. It also comprises a splendid traditional Thai medicine museum, which welcomes many visitors each day for Thai herbal wisdom and traditional healing. A number of herbal products, foods, drinks, and cosmetics make a name for this hospital, which markets them under the Abhaibhubejhr brand name.
More than 100 herbal items under the Abhaibhubejhr brand are now available at Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital and shopping centers. They have also been exported to Japan and India. The exports bring in about 300 million baht a year, and the value is on the rise.
The hospital has been developing medicinal plants for healing and treatment since 1983. It also promotes the use of herbs for self-reliance in various local communities and has learned much from the wealth of local wisdom concerning the development of indigenous medicine. The quality of Abhaibhubejhr herbal products has steadily risen to international standards, and they are now earning recognition from the international community.
The Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Building, which became the Abhaibhubejhr Thai Traditional Medicine Museum in 1996, was built in 1909 in the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). It has become one of the key points of interest attracting visitors to Prachin Buri.