Harmonious Integration of Body, Mind and Spirit
Kamalaya offers holistic medicine and complementary therapies from Eastern and Western traditions and promotes wellness as a harmonious integration of body, mind and spirit. The following holistic medicine modalities are available at Kamalaya:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine
It is the contemporary version of China’s 3,000 year-old medical system originating in Taoist philosophy. This ancient healing tradition is based on the recognition that there is a natural energy (Qi) that resonates with the rhythms and cycles of life to which we are all connected. It is a comprehensive; theoretical system based on the knowledge that vibrant health on all levels is the direct manifestation of a life lived in harmony with the principles of nature. The cycles, rhythms, and principles of nature are thought to be fully expressed within the human body in the form of the Five Elements. Therapies and treatments used include well-established techniques such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, Qi Gong and forms of Chinese internal practices (breath, visualisation and movement) for cultivating Qi or vital energy and directing it towards the healing of self and others
Your consultation begins with diagnosis using TCM techniques such as pulse and tongue assessment, to help determine the most appropriate treatment program. Our TCM Practitioner will then prescribe a series of services to suit your condition. This initial session also includes treatment.
An Oriental healing system based on ancient knowledge and Taoist understanding of energy principles and anatomy. In Chinese Medicine energy is believed to flow along pathways called meridians, and it should flow in a free and unobstructed way, much like your bloodstream. If there is a blockage, then disease may result. Acupuncture aims to restore the flow of vital energy in the body for healing and revitalisation. Minuscule, hair-thin, sterile needles are used on specific points (acupuncture points) in order to re-establish the flow of energy and thereby correct imbalances, restore health, and bring about enhanced states of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Acupuncture facilitates and supports the body’s innate ability to heal itself and preventively, to maintain optimal levels of wellness and vitality.
Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation
This is a revitalizing and rejuvenating holistic treatment for the face. Based on the ancient wisdom of China and using the finest acupuncture needles, this therapy stimulates and tones the facial muscles as well as enhances circulation, thereby oxygenating and nourishing the tissues, plumping up the skin, and smoothing away wrinkles. For best results, a series of several treatments may be recommended.
Moxibustion involves the burning of heated herbs Mugwort or ‘ai ye’. The heat is applied to specific points and areas of the body to invigorate the circulation of Qi. This ancient technique increases blood circulation and vital energy while promoting the healing of various disorders and enhancing immunity and overall health.
An ancient healing technique using glass cups to release blockages and improve circulation in specific areas of the body (neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, thighs). The cups are either stationary or can be used as a moving cup massage. This stimulates the movement of stagnant Qi and blood to the surface, allowing for the flow of new, healthy Qi and blood to the desired area. Cupping is recommended where there is body stiffness, muscular pain, or where increased circulation is desired.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
With over 300 herbs in the Chinese materia medica, Chinese herbal medicine is the largest organized system of herbal medicine. Chinese herbs can help restore balance of energies by means of their stimulating, releasing, astringing, harmonizing, tonifying, calming, and/or detoxifying actions. A Chinese herbal remedy will consist of several herbs acting synergistically to treat the conditions presented. These remedies are more gentle and natural than conventional medicines. Our TCM practitioners will formulate a customized blend of herbs to address your symptoms and root imbalances and help bring you back into harmony. The herbs are particularly effective with chronic problems as well as the more acute versions of the common cold and flu.
Naturopathic Medicine combines healing traditions of ancient India, China, and Europe with Western herbal medicine, and modern scientific principles and technology. Naturopathic treatments include herbal medicine, nutrition and detoxification, flower remedies. Naturopathy draws on a wide array of natural healing intervention and diagnostic techniques to promote optimal health and to treat as well as prevent disease.
An initial Wellness Consultation is included with every Kamalaya stay. During this orientation, one of our Holistic Consultants will talk with you about your wellness concerns and goals and then advise you on the best treatment plan to maximise the benefit of your stay.
Wellness Follow-up Consultation
Many of our scheduled wellness programs include a follow-up consultation. You may choose to see one of our Holistic Consultants to review the progress of your program.
Our ancestors knew the healing power of plants. In modern times, methods have been devised to extract the healing compounds from medicinal plants. Naturopaths utilise herbs for short or long term treatment to support, heal, nourish, stimulate, or strengthen the body or body systems. A wide range of acute or chronic ailments can be addressed. The use of medicinal herbs promotes self-healing, greater wellbeing and prevention of disease. During a naturopathic consultation the practitioner looks at the person as a "whole" by reviewing signs and symptoms of all body systems, lifestyle and a brief review of diet. Treatment may include an individualised liquid herbal extract preparation, nutritional supplements and ways to optimise diet and lifestyle may be discussed.
Healthy eating is an integral part of Naturopathy. The naturopath will discuss your nutritional goals and look at current dietary patterns. Beneficial for people who already follow a 'healthy as well as those who have little or no nutritional knowledge, this session gives plenty of easy-to-implement take-home advice and takes an educational look at how foods work in the body. Individualised nutrition advice will be provided for any specific health conditions. Kamalaya emphasises wholesome food, as dietary habits play an important role in preventative and curative aspects of health. Nutrition plays a major role in restoring and maintaining health by supplying necessary nutrients to body cells for energy production, tissue repair, hormone production, and proper organ function.
Flower essences were used in Ancient Egypt as well as India, Asia, Europe, South America, and by the Australian Aborigines. This system was rediscovered and popularised 80 years ago in England by the work of Dr. Edward Bach. Flower essences work quickly and deeply, addressing psychological, spiritual, and physical states relevant to today, to bring about harmony.
When emotional balance is restored by the flower essences, true healing can occur. Dr Bach suggested that physical illness was actually a message from our higher self calling for a change in our mental outlook and way of living. Positive qualities that reside deep inside us are brought forth, and emotional blocks are removed by the essences. Their activation allows us to replace fear with courage, insecurity with self-confidence, and hatred with love, renewing your passion for life. During a flower remedy consultation your emotional and physical state will be discussed, allowing the practitioner to design a remedy formulated specifically to meet your needs.
Far Infrared Sauna
Far Infrared therapy provides deeply penetrating heat while maintaining a comfortable air temperature of 42-45 degrees Celsius. Use of far infrared sauna has many therapeutic benefits; it stimulates circulation, increases metabolism and burning of calories, and promotes detoxification to purify the body. It may also reduce heavy metal accumulation. Far Infrared therapy deep cleanses skin for a youthful appearance, reduces cellulite, and slows the ageing process because it promotes skin cell regeneration and unburdens the body of toxins. Various skin conditions may be treated and joint or muscular inflammation reduced. The Far Infrared Sauna promotes deep muscle relaxation to vanish tension and stress and a feeling of well-being is achieved.
Colon Hydrotherapy is a key treatment in any detoxification program, using warm water to gently cleanse the entire large colon. Colon hydrotherapy aids in the removal of plaque and waste matter which may have accumulated over many years creating blockages and sluggishness of our digestive system. Removal of this plaque enhances liver function and detoxification, improves lymphatic and capillary function and allows nutrients to be absorbed more efficiently. This therapy can improve ailments associated with a poorly functioning liver, including headaches, fatigue, irritability, skin conditions and many allergies. It is also beneficial for increasing energy and reducing digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation and flatulence . Cleansing the bowel is also said to bring clarity of mind.
Using state of the art international equipment that is safe and hygienic, Colon Hydrotherapy is performed by a highly trained nurse or medical therapist. A series of 3-5 treatments may be required for the full cleanse. A herbal implant may be prescribed for you during this treatment as appropriate for maximum treatment benefits. Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage is recommended before each session for best results.
Kamalaya has a licensed medical centre as part of its Holistic Medicine facility. Along with the more natural and ancient healing traditions, conventional medicine also has benefits for certain health conditions and can be integrated within a wellness plan. Appointments are available with a Medical Doctor for any health concerns or individual needs including women's health checks as well as general annual health checks. There are various diagnostic procedures available for those who choose at Kamalaya:
Medical Doctor Consultation
In cooperation with Bangkok Samui Hospital appointments are available with a Medical Doctor for any health concerns or individual needs including women's health checks as well as general annual health checks.
Diagnostic Procedures includes standard holistic and medical tests to determine blood pressure, heart rate, body mass index and nutritional status are available, with further testing for allergies, toxicity, liver and thyroid disorders.
Comprehensive Check-up Packages
Various comprehensive check-up packages are available through Kamalaya, in cooperation with Bangkok Samui Hospital. For a complete list, please inquire from your wellness consultant.
Blood & Urine Analysis
Blood and urine testing services are available through Kamalaya, in cooperation with Bangkok Samui Hospital. For a complete list, please inquire from your wellness consultant.
Custom formulated herbal and homeopathic remedies and supplements can be recommended by our holistic medical practitioners.
Body Bio-Impedance Analysis
BIA is a method of measuring several key health markers, including levels of hydration, the ratio of body fat against lean muscle mass, and cellular vitality. This helps to determine a realistic measure of your health and wellbeing. This information is useful for setting goals for weight management and fitness, and for making appropriate recommendations to achieve a better body balance to improve overall health and prevent illness. Body Bioimpedance Analysis gives valuable information on cellular health, metabolism and toxicity to help create naturopathic, nutrition, or exercise programs suited to your individual needs.
Bioresonance Energy Treatment
An excellent treatment to restore the body's energy systems and reduce the effects of jetlag. The Bioresonance Energy System produces a gentle pulsating energy field, stimulating the body's cells to activate various physiological processes. The gentle pulses are identical to the natural energy fields the human body produces during exercise. Bioresonance harmonises the body's energy and stimulates meridian pathways where energy seems depleted. Therapeutically, it helps to boost energy and performance, increase metabolism for weight loss, improve circulation and regulate blood pressure. Bioresonance stimulates healing and reduces pain. It is used to improve digestion and enhance detoxification, to stimulate the immune system, and to increase wellbeing by promoting restful sleep and relaxation. For a deeper relaxation effect, light and sound therapy are combined with the use of LED spectacles and headphones. More than one treatment may be recommended for optimum results.