For the past year my friends and family have told me I should pay a visit to the Chinese Doctor to get my hormones balanced out.
I’d dragged my feet for 12 months because I knew I would get a stinky mixture of herbs and insects, but I eventually went.
The Chinese doctor I went to see has treated several family members for years and splits his life between the USA and Hong Kong.
He was a cute and talkative 70 year old grandpa with partial English and he spent most of the time chatting about how much he loves the USA (I discovered his daughter lives very close to my grandma).
TCM says people and foods have different natures: hot, cold, dry, wet and various combinations of these.
I was told my body is very “yeet hei”, full of hot air. Being too hot causes the body to store toxin, hormone imbalance, breakouts, excessive sweat and others.
To help my body get rid of the excess heat, I was given Chinese traditional medicine composed of various herbs and big ass bees (yes you read well).
I was also recommended to sleep earlier and practice relaxation (to get rid of stress), workout (to get rid of toxin), eat “leung” (cold) foods and avoid “yeet” (hot) foods.
When Chinese doctors talk about hot cold/hot foods, they are not referring to the temperature of the foods but to their nature.
For instance, I need to drink/eat chrysanthemum tea, green tea, beer, kiwis, citrus….
But must avoid oily/fried food, high sugar and high sodium foods, grapes, cherries….
Many foreigners do not believe in this concept at all, but long before moving to Hong Kong I had noticed the effect of certain foods and my Iranian grandma always told me to drink beer for my skin.
Anyway, once I got home I was taught how to brew the medicine, which takes about 1 hour and can be a bit of a hassle.
I then had to drink the smelly thing and oh my, was it bitter…thankfully they give you a plum candy to suck on immediately after.
Doctors nowadays can brew the medicine for you or even provide it in pills – so you aren’t aware of any insects in the mixture and don’t have to deal with the bitter taste.
Let’s see how the TCM performs over time…