Market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem – Remedies for Alzheimer Disease
This month’s topic of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) market is generally about traditional Thai herbs, remedies and massage. However, the theme and focus changes weekly this month. Last week was was about techniques and treatment of Thai massage and this week is specifically about Alzheimer remedies. The market it is situated next to the Government House in Bangkok’s Old City.
This market festival will take place until the end of this year featuring a different topic each month. In the previous months, the market featured themes like ‘Fruits & Vegetables“ and “Plants, Flowers and Fish”. The general focus is on the preservation of Thai culture and different aspects of Thai tradition, which may also be referred to as ‘Thainess’.
You may enjoy the relaxed atmosphere there and explore the cultural road offering many Thai food specialities like Thai curry and BBQ chicken for instance.
Hence, this fair can be considered a new attraction in Bangkok that is interesting to both locals and tourists.
This week’s topic (13th-19th July 2015) is all about cures and remedies for Alzheimer disease. For instance, you may get a doctor’s evaluation, if you have risk of the disease.
Hence, the empahsis is on acupuncture for treating it, consultation and massage for curing the disease. Furthermore, the market presents exercises to prevent Alzheimer. In addition, they also sell medication and special food for treating this disease. For example, they present Mamui (Mucuna pruriens), a plant which has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating many dysfunctions. Mamui is beneficial to the brain’s function, it reduces stress and improves men’s fertility.
Mamui is also known as a coffee substitute named “Nescafe”. The beans can also be eaten when cooked. Thus, at the fair they also offer Mamui and herb coffee.
Another important plant presented at the fair is known in Ayurveda as ‘Brahmi’ (or ‘Promi’, Bacopa monnieri). This plant is used as a neurological tonic and cognitive enhancer. Hence, it is supposed to have neuroprotective properties. You might want to check out the market’s brochure about the beneficial effects of Bacopa monnieri.
Here is the timetable of the schedule of this week’s theme and activities.
The market is open every day, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information (in Thai), please check out: facebook.com/khlongphadungkrungkasem. For tourists, I recommend that you print this map out and show it to a taxi driver, adding that the market is situated next to the Government House (ทำเนียบรัฐบาล).
Finally, we can claim that the new market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is an innovative attraction in Bangkok appealing to both locals and to tourists with monthly changing topics about Thainess. Even if you are not so much interested in medical treatments and massage, you may still enjoy the delicious Thai food on the cultural road. The fair offers something for everyone 🙂