The roots of the Namman Muay® liniment can be found in traditional Thai herbal medicine, where for years the exact recipe was used by few selected Muay Thai gyms and only passed around fighting circles purely by word of mouth. It wasn’t until 1963, and the reign of Pon Kingpetch, Thailand’s first western style boxing champ, that Devakam’s miracle product would become a brand with mass appeal and global reach.
Kingpetch, trained at a gym owned by coach called Thongthos Intratat. A herbalist and practitioner of alternative medicine, Intratat was always looking for new ways on traditional Thai home remedies to help his team of fighters warm up and repair their sore muscles and joints after trainings and (too) frequent fights.
Intratat discovered that a fighter massaged with his home made Namman Muay oil was less injury prone and bashed up after contests. Intratat formed Devakam Apothecary Hall, his own pharmaceutical company, and began to manufacture the first Namman Muay products which are now used by millions of people all over the world. In honour of Pone Kingpetch, Thontos Intratat and their historical achievements a statue was raised in Hua hin in southern Thailand.