Founded on the belief that nature offers ample ingredients to cure ailments of all kinds, Myanmar residents from across the country firmly believe the healing power of nature-based solutions to sickness and discomfort. Roots, plants, flowers, seeds and more are displayed – in fresh or dried forms -, blended, mixed or grinded to power by respectable practitioners. Even though with western influences entering the medicinal system of the country, local residents continue to rely on these mixtures as a source for seeking a better health. The range of medication ranges from anything under the Burmese sun, including the use of herbal concoctions for massages, and remain in existence in almost all corners of the country. Yangon’s Kon Zay Dan Street is on the forefront of keeping these traditional means alive and, joining an English speaking guide on this tour, guests are immersed in the positive effects, the power and believes of traditional medicine in Yangon.
You will meet your English speaking guide at your hotel lobby in Yangon before heading out to the Valhalla of traditional medicine – the medicine market at Kon Zay Dan Street. Curiosity creeps in as soon as you exit your vehicle for the coming period and wander through the collection of shops and apothecaries, showing a broad selection of glass jars, drawers and pots, each with their own purpose and cure. Alongside your guide, the smell of herbs, bark, leaves and flowers are merely a fraction of the sensory overload you will experience, once entering one of these bastions of local medicine. It comes without saying that gaining a diagnostic review of your health from a practitioner – the experience of receiving a different view on your physical and mental health is something one has to try out. Benefits aside, your guide will translate what these physicians may recommend.
Massages of any kind, accompanied with the right blend of herbs and spices, have proven to ease the body in a better state of relaxation as well improve blood circulation. For centuries, acupressure combined with herbal treatments, these treatments have widely regarded as solid proof for its medicinal values. A one-hour foot massage at the end of your journey ends your half day excursion before being transferred back to your hotel.