12: Thailand’s “Health for Wealth” plan for economic
recovery is taking off under the twin engines of its herbal products and
medical tourism markets – worth 50 billion baht and 1 trillion baht (US$26
billion) respectively, Malaysian newspaper The Star website reported on Saturday.
cannabis sold over the counter around the country is the latest fuel powering
those impressive figures.
were revealed by the Public Health Ministry to the media as the country builds
the medical hub seen as key to its recovery from the pandemic-related crisis.
of the hub are traditional Thai medicine, alternative medicine, herbs, Thai local
wisdom, and medical tourism, ministry permanent secretary Opas Karnkawinpong
Thailand has so far consumed 52.104 billion baht worth of herbal products, up
from 48.108 billion baht in 2021, he added.
the Health for Wealth plan had three major benefits: creating more jobs,
generating more income for people and the country, and conserving traditional
Thai medicine and wisdom.
the Department of Thai Traditional and Complementary Medicine has set the
following four policies for 2022, according to its chief Dr Thongchai
traditional Thai medicine and alternative medicine in every area of the primary
the quality, efficiency, and sustainability of herbal medicine manufacturing.
- Promote cannabis
and hemp to boost the economic value of health products, medical cosmetics, and
treatment in the public and private sectors.
- Build a
Thai foundation to develop leaders in traditional medicine in 2027.