Since moving to Shanghai, I have identified a myriad of new health ailments. Mind you, I was healthy as a horse before moving here a year ago. Now, weight gain (thus EWS), inflammation and uh, digestive issues. Looking at the state of Western health care, I knew there was nothing a GP could do for me. My body has been reacting to something in the air here, and now it was time to get to the bottom of it.
My friend Margie introduced me to Dr. Qing. After looking spending a few minutes chatting, Dr. Qing (who is clearly adorable and very competent) took my pulse, looked at my tongue and decided that I am heaty, damp and wound too tight (no comment on any of those, please). She prescribed a 40 day herbal tonic, to be taken twice a day, to recalibrate myself for the winter months. See, during this time, my body is open to “simmering” nutrients for better absorption. After 40 days, I will head into maintenance mode with an herbal remedy, especially made for me, which I will take for the rest of my life.
Here Dr. Xing is writing my lengthy prescription….next installment – a Chinese pharmacy!
A lot of people ask me my stance on supplements – do we need them or not? Living in the US or another Western country, I usually tell folks to get their vitamins and minerals by eating at least 5 servings of fresh fruits and veggies a day. But here, I would strongly recommend a daily multivitamin. Not only do most of us not get the servings of fruits and veggies we need everyday, the air pollution in Shanghai presents an increased need for antioxidants, powerhouse nutrients that help protect cells from free radical damage. If you don’t have multivitamins at home, I recommend checking out this site: http://www.worldhealthstore.com.cn. They import high quality supplements, among other organic necessities. Two stores in Beijing, one soon to open in Shanghai.
Whether you are waking up to a Christmas cookie-and-Champagne induced hangover, or gearing up for too many dumplings during your Lunar New Year celebration, now is the time for new resolutions. Eating well is often at the top of people’s New Years resolution lists, so, here at Eat Well Shanghai, we are also resolving to bring you a weekly dose of eating well. Check back often for tips and ideas for eating well, here in Shanghai!