08 September 2006

Liang Teh Anyone?

The summer heat this year has finally gotten to me as I was feeling really unwell in recent days.

Heaty or so I was told.

As much as I am an advocate of western medicine, I have learned to respect quite a large aspect of Ch1nese medicine as well. Acupuncture and the concept of heatiness and cooling of the body are just some of them that I swear by.

Perhaps the gahmen should ensure tighter controls over the practice to ensure safety of the patients seeking treatment.

Anyway, I was starting to feel really lousy and pretty bloated, despite the fact of not having a good appetite. Originally, I thought it was just indigestion or dehydration or both and thought nothing of it. Nothing a few cups of ENO won't solve. This was further aggravated by having a few rounds of golf in the hot blazing sun that week.

Eventually, wifey decides that I should give this Liang Teh shop a try. As I grew up drinking liang teh, I wasn't adverse to the medicinal herb taste as compared to some of my friends. I was game to try.

So after dinner, we decided to stroll to the shop and as I stepped in, I was like WAH! SO HARDCORE ONE HAR??? There were easily 30 pots sitting on warmers in the shop and I was told each pot is a different recipe for different ailments.

Also, I learned that ordering a cup isn't really an easy task as the shop girl (let call her Angela*) will be asking you all sorts of questions in order to find the perfect brew. Quite unnerving considering the fact that some of the questions where er.... a bit personal.

Question from the normal, "How do you feel?", "Got headache?", "Feel bloated?", "Skin itchy?" to the more paiseh  "Today got pang sai?", "How many times?", "Hard hard or soft soft or watery watery?", "What colour?", "How many days liao?"

Man... I think from all the grilling hor, I probably sweated until I kena dehydration liao.

Anway, by the time she was done (short of asking how my grandfather died), she said that I should drink a mix of No.6 and No.17 brew.

Whatever that meant. I just took the drink, paid her and grabbed a place to sit down and sip it.

If you ask me hor, I have no idea what I was drinking except that it was Liang Teh. Period. I think I have as much expertise as AKK has eating durians.

Perhaps, I should go again later today for a second dosage. Hopefully, I will start to feel better soon.

* Angela will be another story next week. Stay tuned. Click here .

- Voxeros

1. sunflower left...
Friday, 8 September 2006 11:34 am
WOW, so impressed.... and you and your wife.... so lovely too!

2. akk left...
Friday, 8 September 2006 2:34 pm
TCM works, but only by professional mum is a Chinese Physician who practices for a non-profit association, but she never had anything good to say about those who are practicing for money.

3. JayWalk left...
Friday, 8 September 2006 4:05 pm ::
sunflower: She went along cause she liked the 龟苓膏 there.

AKK: I think it is due to the lack of a system of formalised and official accreditation that leads to skepticism over a typical TCM practitioners' credibility.

Certainly a big disadvantage towards those who are genuinely good practitioners.

Consumer public can't tell them from the scam quacks.

4. Pam left...
Friday, 8 September 2006 5:26 pm
TCM and other alternative therapies (homeopathy, acupuncture, reiki etc) have been more and more accepted over here in the UK (and Europe). Some doctors actually prescribe such alternatives when it's clear that normal meds don't seem to be working, or have adverse side effects. Think there's no harm, of course if you have the appropriate qualifications. My PhD student came down with a rare form of arthritis when he was 30 (and he was physically v fit). The Danish doctors couldn't understand what was going on and he tried acupuncture and chinese meds. it helped I think - plus sitting in saunas and steam rooms! hehe

5. JayWalk left...
Friday, 8 September 2006 5:30 pm ::
Pam: That is exactly my point. More and more people are starting to accept alternative therapies but it seemed that gahmen regulations, in the interest of protecting the consumer, are unable to keep up.

Lives are at risk here and an unregulated case gone awry can seriously undermine all the research and development that has come thus far.

6. OLLie left...
Friday, 8 September 2006 5:43 pm
wah. you will paiseh one meh? hahaha..
But anyway, there's a course in NTU now that specializes in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 5 year course (first 3 years in Singapore, last 2 in be1j1ng). Damn cheem stuff. So guess it's getting really accepted in Singapore le.

7. JayWalk left...
Friday, 8 September 2006 10:26 pm :: 
Ollie: I shy one ok!
Anyway, it's good that NTU has a TCM course but the real problem lies in
a) Would Ministry of Health recognised them as qualified medical practitioners upon graduation?
b) What about the society?

8. xcake left...
Saturday, 9 September 2006 7:41 am ::
"today got pang sai?" Mwahahahaha. How to answer that with a straight face?? Did you? Well, my father is a Chinese physician, so I grow up drinking all sorts of chinese medicine. and he always asks those questions too - -"

9. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 9 September 2006 11:56 am ::
Xcake: Did I answer? Yah lah! *blush*
Our parents have been answer us that kind of questions since young and so more or less accustomed to it liao. But you have this stranger shoot this type of question from out of the blue. iKarLangKarBot leh.... -_-"

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