According to Thai Traditional Medicine, the human body is composed of four ‘elements’. Those are earth, water, wind and fire which balance living with maintenance in the human body through an association with the vital organs. It is also believed that each single person will have one ‘element’ that is more dominant than others which is basically determined by the date and month of one’s conception.
For those who were born in Thailand, their ‘body element’ will be according to their month of birth:
- Earth: November, December, January
- Fire: February, March, April
- Wind: May, June, July
- Water: August, September, October
The ‘body element’ is therefore what plays an important role to one’s characteristics and appearance as well as one’s health condition. Although this has been determined since one was born, the ‘body element’ can be altered by the way one was raised up, eating behavior, age and environment. While the equilibrium of these ‘elements’ promotes one’s health, an imbalance causes illness and disease in contrast.
To prevent illness, Thai Traditional Medicine suggests people keep a good balance of ‘elements’ by focusing
on food and herbs we eat, in accordance with each body ‘element’ and avoid foods that do not.
Sukko Spa presents set menus by ‘elements’ at its own restaurant and was kind enough to share one with us. Find below a recipe for ‘Pla Gai’, a healthy menu for ‘wind element’ people.
- 1 cup of sliced chicken (200-300 gr)
- 10 bird-chili, pounded lightly
- 2 medium size onions cut into thin slices
- 3 green shallots, sliced
- 2 lemongrass, sliced
- Moderate roasted chili paste, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, Kaffir lime leaves, lemon balm leaves
- Heat oil in a wok or regular frying pan until it almost smokes.
- Add in sliced chicken meat and stir fry till the meat is cooked. Drain oil and set aside.
- Mix all ingredients together with cooked chicken meat.
- Season with roasted chili paste, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, Kaffi r lime leaves and lemon balm leaves but be careful not to let it get over sour.
- Garnish with mint leaves then serve with fresh vegetables.
For more information about the ‘body elements’ and should you be interested in set menus for ‘elements’, please contact:
Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness
5/10 Moo 3, Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000
Tel: +66 (0) 76 263 222
Fax: +66 (0) 76 264 533