Thursday, September 13, 2012

An Ancient Malay Therapy: Tuam (Poultice)

The picture shows a small tuam package. Don't be fooled by its small size: This is the "chili padi"; small but extremely HOT!
Poultice or ‘tuam’ means putting hot dressing on sore or inflamed part of body. Items normally used are: stones, sands, firebox, hot towels etc. The practice of poultice is also observed in Ayurvedic, Thai and Traditional Chinese Medicine just to name some.


Malay mothers after giving birth will be given poultice treatment by sitting on a hot rock or specific firebox burning spices. This type of poultice or ‘tuam’ is called ‘ukup’ or “body steaming”.


Weak body or bruised parts can also be poultice with wrapping warm ash mixed with amber with cloth. This wrapping is rubbed against the bruised part.


Certain type of skin illness can be poultice with a heated mixture of kaffir lime and lime. This warm lime mixture then applied to the itching body part while recite the below prayer:




Other type of poultice is the well known “tuam pasir” or the poultice with heated sand. And many more other types of ‘tuam’ techniques out there, some technique even absorbed into today’s spa treatments.

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