Effect of TCM – Part I

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2011 / 04 / 29

When I started my traditional Chinese Medicine treatment beginning of April I had not aware of it that I might struggle and suffer from mental confusion and physically pain. I was not even thinking about that TCM might have some great effect on my daily life.  Actually I was totally wrong.

The Chinese doctor found out that my body is too weak (low blood pressure), cramped and its ying and yang is unbalanced; therefore my body does not function well. I was not that surprised about her findings. Beside my previous TCM doctor told me similar things before, I also know that my body is not in “good” condition. So treatment should concentrate to “relax” my body in order to improve my blood and water circulation in my body.

Soon after I was drinking the Chinese herbal medicine, I lost my appetite in the evening, but instead I was suffering from stomachache in the evening. Therefore I could not sleep well. My doctor explained that the medicine is helping me to “control” my appetite, as according to her I am (a bit) overweight. Actually I was very shocked. I wished she told me before, so I would not be worried about what’s wrong with me. But honestly speaking, after few days I felt starting better not to eat too much in the evening, in order to have a good sleep. I used to eat a lot for dinner, but then the stomach was working during sleeping hours and not resting well, so in this way my sleeping quality had been also affected.

This TCM also helped me to decrease the itchiness of my skin problem, so it can be now slowly cured.

Around two weeks ago I unfortunately caught a cold (coughing, stomachache, earache, headache, loss of voice). The treatment “style” has been changed. From now on, my body needs to concentrate to improve not only my overall circulation, but also recover from my cold. That was a huge challenge for my body and me, it took all my energy. Every day and night I was in huge pain and extremely tired.

Yesterday I reached the point that I just want(ed) to give up, I just want(ed) to have a rest from all the pains, which I believe I could not stand any longer. I told about my real feelings to my Chinese doctor during my yesterday’s appointment. She reminds me that TCM takes time for any result and she also cheered me up, that I should be happy! Yes, I know indeed TCM takes time, but I just cannot stand the pain any more. I do not have power any more! My doctor shows acceptance from my feelings and kindly add “Do not worry to much! Happiness is very important for TCM, but sometimes…. You can cry if you want to… now.” I immediately started to cry, I am still not sure why I cried. After that I felt a little bit better.

She explained to me why I cried. According to TCM my body is too weak to cure two “problems” at the same time. It may use up all my energy. No energy results in crying. Therefore my treatment starting from yesterday it will be changed again. It will concentrate to add power into my body in order to be strong enough for further treatment in order to get a little bit more healthy.

I had an extremely good sleep after drinking the new Chinese herbal medicine, without pain or coughing – it is the first time since weeks! – , and today I feel quite ok. Now I know, I do not want to give up, I will keep on, because I believe in TCM and also in me! 加油 (Add oil!)! 加幸福*(Add happiness)! 加健康* (Add health)!

* These expressions do not exist in Chinese. Please do not learn. I am playing with words.

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