What does my tongue have to do with it? Visit to TCM specialist

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.

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Here Dr. Xing is writing my lengthy prescription….next installment – a Chinese pharmacy!

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