The Department of Thai Traditional Medicine and Alternative Medicine has issued a certificate for Mr Saengchai Haelerttrakul who is better known as Mor Saeng formally making him a Mor Puen Baan or a local doctor.
The department's deputy director-general Dr Pramote Sathienrat said Wednesday that the certificate which was issued by Dr Kiatpoom Wongrachit, the director-general, was meant to honor Mr Saengchai for his contributions to the people, but was not a guarantee that he has the expertise to treat any disease.
He said that Mor Saeng has no right to open a clinic or to treat people outside his premise, adding that the latter must practice within his community, is not allowed to produce medicines for commercial purpose.
Dr Pramote went on saying that if Mor Saeng wants to become a medical practitioner, he must go through expertise assessment by the Thai Traditional Medicine Council.
As for Mor Saeng's concocted cancer herbal medicine, Dr Pramote noted that the herbal medicine must be registered and approved by the Food and Drug Administration � a process which will take considerable time.
Mor Saeng shot to fame because many cancer patients who have received his cancer herbal medicine claimed that the medicine ease their pains and make them feel better.
Several thousands of people, including cancer patients, gather in front of his house in Prachin Buri last week to receive his free cancer medicine.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)