Previously we wrote about what to do if you get diarrhea in Thailand. Today, we’ll talk about what many people view as the best Thai stomach medicine, one that can help cure food poisoning, or allow you to eat spicy Thai food without heartburn (if that is a problem for you). The natural Thai medicine that helps cure an upset stomach, nausea, and/or stomachache is Strong Ginger Tincture, otherwise known as Ya That Nam Daeng (ยาธาตุน้ำแดง), which translates to The Red Essence Medication.
If using Strong Ginger Tincture to ward off heartburn, take a tablespoon a few minutes before you eat that Som Tam or other spicy Thai dish. To cure food poisoning, take two tablespoons as soon as you suspect something dodgy about the Thai food you ate. Of course, it won’t be able to cure severe food poisoning, but it will help lesson the symptoms. As a general Thai stomach medicine, take a tablespoon for a stomachache and wait 30 minutes. If the stomachache has not subsided, take another tablespoon.
Ya That Nam Daeng is composed not only of strong ginger tincture, it also includes rhubarb tincture and peppermint spirit, both of which are Thai stomach medicines too. Ya That Nam Daeng thus has three active cures working in your favor. Traditional Chinese medicine also uses these natural ingredients to cure stomach problems.
Ya That Nam Daeng can cure not only an upset stomach. It is a great general tonic for a healthier body, and more energetic life. Many Thai people, in particular older men, take a tablespoon of Strong Ginger Tincture every day. The health benefits of ginger tincture, long known in traditional Asian medicine, have been suggested by new Western studies. The benefits include: the lowering of blood pressure and blood sugar levels, the cleansing of the liver, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help the body fight off viruses, improved circulation, and more.
If you would like to try Ya That Nam Daeng for yourself, you can find it at many 7-11s and most drug stores in Thailand. The peppermint gives this Thai stomach medicine a pleasant flavor, and the price is only 35 baht for a 6 oz (180 cc) bottle, which is 12 doses. If you are visiting Thailand and have a sensitive stomach, it could be a good idea to pick up a bottle and keep it handy, just in case you are unexpectedly hit with a stomachache, nausea, or food poisoning.