“The reason Craig had to be hospitalised with an infection was because he didn’t cleanse after his fight” A conversation with a Kru
Cleanse, what is this unspoken greatness to achieving higher heath and wellbeing?
I expect the answer with a twist of what I fondly refer to as ‘Thai Style.’ Having spent six months in Thailand living at a Muay Thai gym, I have an insight into the cultural idiosyncrasies which at times can be challenging and frequently borderline hysterical. When a Thai talks about ‘cleansing’ or ‘cleaning’ they are basically off to do a poo, not sweep the floor.
So as a Personal Trainer with an interest in bodily functions, I wonder about this cleansing drink and it’s ingredients. The search took time, like a quest for a hidden secret.
Finally, success and as suspected it is very ‘Thai style’.
Yaa Dong is this magical ‘cleansing’ drink!
In Thai, Yaa means medicine and Dong, fermentation. 11 Tigers is a brand of the only available Yaa Dong found in Thailand. The powder makes drinks red and nothing like a fancy cocktail. It is suppose to be good for joints and arthritis, amongst other things.
Herbs, wood, bark, vines, roots, and seeds of trees and other plants thought to have curative properties are dried and soaked in liquid for a matter of hours to weeks to extract the goodness, this can then be powdered.
The “fun” variety of Yaa Dong is made with Lao Khao a local white spirit that tastes like gasoline and feels like rocket fuel (not for the weak hearted) From one that has tried and with complete certainty, a small amount of this drink will make you drunk.
Want to make your own?
Trust your Kru to know what you need after I fight.
As a personal trainer I would recommend electrolyte drinks and eating protein, a cold shower, lots of tiger balm on your sore spots and a deep tissue massage a few days after.
Or you can make yourself some Yaa Dong, if you are brave (crazy) enough.
Purchase 11 Tiger’s add to a bottle of Lao Khao, wait a week and then take your liver into your own hands. Or ask around for Yaa Dong with herbs and a bit of honey at shops and markets*.
* I cannot be held responsibility for any positive or negative affects.
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