The traditional Free-Warrior-Medicine

In former times, free warriors (Pahuyuth) had to be able to treat injuries and diseases far away from civilization. For this they used the knowledge of the traditional Free-Warrior medicine, a unique treasure of knowledge which is taught and practiced by the members of Pahuyuth until today.

The naturopathy of the Free-Warriors is not derived from any other traditional healing method (e.g. TCM, TJM, TEM, Ayurveda, etc.). However, there have always been interactions which led to the development of traditional Thai medicine (TTM), traditional Thai massage (TTM) and other natural healing methods.

The Free-Warrior medicine is based on the knowledge of body, mind and soul from Saiyasart. Its effects are based exclusively on supporting the natural self-healing functions of the human body. The reversal of the medicine, especially the massage techniques, is found in the fighting techniques of Pahuyuth.

The naturopathy of the free warriors

Healing and destruction are like two sides of the same coin: The exact knowledge of the human anatomy and the functioning of the human body was one of the foundations for the development of Pahuyuth. Since then the ancient knowledge of healing has been a constant companion of this martial art.

In times of war, the Pahuyuth Free Warriors were often on their own as paramilitary forces or paid mercenaries. Cut off from the supply routes of the regular troops, they had to be able to survive deep in enemy territory, to care for themselves or to treat (battle-)injuries. The knowledge of the jungle healing bodies (Kampie Ya Bpah) enabled them to survive in unknown or uninhabited areas and thus secure tactical advantages.

In times of peace many of the ancient Pahuyuth warriors made their living as itinerant wandering healers. They travelled from village to village and helped wherever they were needed as masseurs or healers. Other free warriors lived isolated in the wilderness (Ruesi, jungle preachers) or retreated as monks to temples. It is assumed that the traditional Thai medicine (TTM) and traditional Thai massage (TTM) originated from such established healers.

Just like Pahuyuth, the traditional Free-Warrior Medicine is preserved as a part of the traditional Free-Warrior Knowledge until today and is taught to students of the Pahuyuth School in Berlin on request. Due to the current SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 / Corona Pandemic (see blog posts below) we have decided to make this field of knowledge available to a wider public.

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Methodology of Free-Warrior-Medicine

The traditional medicine of the Free-Warriors expressly does not carry out any determination, healing or alleviation of diseases, ailments or physical damage in the sense of §1 HeilprG (German Naturopath Law). Instead, it has always been based exclusively on supporting the natural self-healing functions and prophylactic measures.

The basic premise of traditional free-warrior medicine is that only the body itself is capable of healing. A healer in the understanding of this alternative medicine is just someone who can recognize and understand what the body needs and is able to provide it with the necessary impulses.

From this way of thinking a unique, alternative medicine has developed over the centuries, which analyses problems on the basis of logic and rationality and supports the body with the help of massages and/or nutrition to keep itself healthy.

The medicine of the free warriors basically does not require any intervention inside the body. On principle, the taking of artificial remedies is avoided. It is natural, free of side effects and therefore suitable as a supplement to a regular medical treatment.

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In many cases, the body is able to help itself – as long as it is supplied with the appropriate building materials.

Subareas of the Free-Warrior-Medicine

The traditional medicine of the Free-Warriors is divided into three areas: Analysis, Herbology & Nutrition and Massage.

Analysis

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The first branch of the Free-Warrior-Medicine is the Analysis.

Here it is about the perception and allocation of existing symptoms, complaints and illnesses on the basis of logic and rationality, which are the necessary basis of any recommendation.

The ability to analyse in the sense of the Free-Warrior-Medicine requires knowledge of the human anatomy and its functionality.

Herbology & Nutrition

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The second focus of the Free-Warrior-Medicine is the Herbology and nutritive body science.

This refers to the knowledge about medicinal plants, herbs and other nutritive bodies (e.g. animal nutritive bodies or minerals), which can have a positive effect on the human body in the sense of a food supplement.

The ability to handle healing and nutritive bodies requires knowledge of Yaan Meditation (especially scenting and tasting).

Massage

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The third branch of the Free-Warrior-Medicine is the massage.

The part of the massage is divided into pressure massage (acupressure), stretching massage (stroking massage) and energy massage. By reversing these techniques, the grip and pressure point techniques of LING LOM were developed.

The traditional massage refers to the mechanical influence of another person as well as of oneself (self massage).

Introduction to traditional Free-Warrior Medicine (🇩🇪 GER only)

By popular demand, a teacher started to give a new introductory course in traditional Free-Warrior Medicine via video conference in April 2020. The recordings of this course are available free of charge on this page.

To be informed about new course videos, we recommend to subscribe to our Youtube channel. Please note, that these videos are currently only available in German language.

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In ancient times Pahuyuth Free-Warriors made their living as traveling healers or lived isolated in the wilderness (Ruesi). For their services as natural healers or masseurs they were often given board and lodging.

In order to adapt this tradition to the modern, we have set up a Buy me a Coffee Account . We use the proceeds to make more content of this kind available to the public, thus preserving the cultural heritage and knowledge of the ancient free warriors for future generations.

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Traditional Thai Medicine & Traditional Thai Massage

Traditional Thai Medicine or Traditional Thai Massage, as it is taught and practiced today, has in fact only existed since the mid-1980s (AD).

Traditional healing methods have been around in Asia for thousands of years, but with the advent of Western medicine they have been pushed into the background or even banned altogether. Thus, the laws passed in 1923 and 1936 respectively (“The Medical Act B.E. 2466” and “Control of the Practice of the Art of Healing Act B.E. 2479”) made the free practice of traditional healing methods in Thailand punishable.

Similar to traditional martial arts, the illegalization of traditional healing methods led to the loss of large parts of this field of knowledge. Only on the advice of the WHO (see “Alma Ata Declaration” of 1978) this ban was loosened after more than sixty years and a “revival project” was started under state leadership. Among other things, this measure was intended to provide a legal professional alternative to prostitution and, on the other hand, an attractive offer for wealthy tourists from all over the world.

However, the newly created curricula for traditional Thai medicine and traditional Thai massage (nuad thai) only contain a tiny fraction of the original healing-knowledge. Entire subject areas and sub-areas have been removed or not even found in the course of creating this “new” curriculum of Traditional Thai Medicine. The result was a newly invented, wellness-oriented form of medicine, which has since been marketed as “Traditional Thai Medicine” or “Traditional Thai Massage”, but no longer has much in common with the original healing knowledge.

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Authentic healing knowledge from Southeast Asia – just like Pahuyuth and Saiyasart the traditional medicine of the ancient Free-Warriors could be preserved unaltered until today.

Who or what is a Ruesi?

A Ruesi was originally described as a fortune teller, shaman or medicine man who lives secluded in the wilderness and spends his time in deep meditation or making remedies. The culture of the Ruesi, like Pahuyuth, goes back to a time before Buddhism.

The Ruesi were said to have the ability to leave their body, to predict the future, to make magical tattoos and amulets and to speak with animals. However, these abilities are less to be assigned to the medicine than to the knowledge field of the Saiyasart or Yaan Meditation.

A Ruesi plays an important role in the “Story of Gauw”. The Story of Gauw serves in the context of the martial arts education of Pahuyuth to convey the teaching methodology. It is about a young son of a charcoal burner who went out to look for a hunter who would save his village from a gang of tigers. You can read this story here.

An insight into the world of the Ruesi and their culture is provided in the short documentary The Lost Wizards of Thailand:

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The Lost Wizards of Thailand is a documentary film by Francis Wilmer, Harry Virtanen and Chonlada Lynn Bennett. Patreon supporters of Francis Wilmer can watch the full film (20 min, English subtitles). Click here to get to the Patreon page.

NEW: SARS-CoV-2 aka Corona Blog

With the beginning of the Corona Pandemic, a teacher/healer began to give general recommendations for care and health maintenance to the students of Pahuyuth School in Berlin. These recommendations are based on the knowledge and insights of traditional freefighter medicine. We have decided to share this information with the public free of charge and without obligation and hope to help those affected by SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19.

Important note: The information contained in this blog are solely meant as recommendations without any guarantee. They do not in any case replace professional advice or treatment by trained medical professionals or psychologists. The contents listed there cannot and should not be used to make independent diagnoses or start treatments. The instructions of government and authorities must be followed. The views and recommendations of Free-Warrior Medicine may differ from other doctrines. We recommend to inform yourself thoroughly and to weigh all available information on the basis of logic and rationality.

30 Exercises for Health-Care

In response to the SARS-CoV-2 aka Corona Pandemic and the associated restrictions on movement (isolation, quarantine, etc.), we have decided to make the 30 Exercises of Pahuyuth available to everyone free of charge.

The 30 Exercises are a training program consisting of thirty individual exercises that can be performed without equipment in a confined space. The exercises are based, among other things, on the self-massage techniques of traditional free warrior medicine and allow a holistic training with noticeable effects.

All information about the 30 Exercises and a detailed instruction with training plans and videos are summarized here.

Free-Warrior-Medicine training, courses & seminars

Currently there are no courses in traditional Free-Warrior Medicine planned. If you want to be informed about upcoming courses and publications, we recommend a subscription to our newsletter.

Alternatively, or as an introduction to the natural medicine of the ancient Free-Warriors, we recommend a visit to our Yaan Meditation Online Program. Knowledge of Yaan Meditation is one of the recommended prerequisites for studying traditional Free-Warrior Medicine.

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The Free-Warrior-Medicine in the Yaan Meditation

The Yaan Meditation is a practice-oriented perception training that can help to bring unconscious perceptions into consciousness. Based on the five senses of the human body (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch) the body’s own perception is specifically resensitized.

With regard to traditional Free Warrior Medicine, the study of Yaan Scenting and Yaan Tasting is highly recommended. Both courses are available in our media library as online videos.

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About the SCENTING online course

The conscious translation of unconscious perceptions into olfactory projections and stimuli can be of particular interest to people from the medical and naturopathic fields. The Yaan training in SCENTING can help to better interpret existing findings, to make more accurate diagnoses of diseases and to optimize therapy approaches. In combination with the Yaan Sinn TASTING, SCENTING forms the basis for further training in alternative medicine.

The ten-part online course in SCENTING offers more than 13.4 hours (805 minutes) video material in HD quality.

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About the TASTING online course

A Yaan training in TASTING is the optimal complement to SCENTING and has a special relevance for nutrition, herbalism and naturopathy. No matter if it is Bach flowers or aromatherapy. The combination of SCENTING and TASTING is the basis for further education in traditional medicine.

The ten-part online course in TASTING online offers more than 13.4 hours (805 minutes) of video material in HD quality.

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