We learned a bit about Chinese medicine today at the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Health Preservation Research Center.
First, we were greeted with a cup of flower tea. While our feet soaked in a special tea bath, an English speaking doctor gave an overview of the basic philosophy behind Chinese Medicine. There are three facets:
- Yin Yang – everything needs balance, and harmony including the body.
- Chinese medicine looks at the symptoms but treats the root cause
- Diagnostics are done by taking 6 pulses and looking at the tongue, skin colour and asking questions.
After our lesson, we had a wonderfully relaxing foot massage/reflexology treatment. This was the highlight, and very enjoyable.
Next, the Chinese speaking professor and his interpreter came in and evaluated each of us – a complimentary service. (By this point in my life, I really should know better than to believe anything is actually free).
So, to resolve my lower back pain and my ankle, along with speeding up my metabolism to assist in weight loss and balancing out those menopausal hormones, he suggested treating my liver and kidney. For hubby, it was kidney function and the girls – well they are perfect.
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