Why did you choose to become a doctor of Chinese medicine?
In 2002, I went to Beijing to study Chinese Medicine at the age of 18 because, like every young person who’s never left home before, it was an opportunity to live aboard alone and learn to be independent. The other reason was to pursue my interest in Chinese medicine. My dad was not a Chinese medicine doctor, but he was a huge influence in introducing Chinese medicine to me. He loved Chinese medicine so much so that he studied it himself through reading and self-exploring – he often experimented on us to heal us when we were sick.
My grandfather from my mother’s side was a Western doctor and he delivered me at birth. Though Chinese and Western Medicine are very different on the whole, I respect Western medicine a lot. I think the most important is the heart of the practitioner despite what he or she practices as not one method is perfect, Western or Chinese medicine. I studied for eight years in Beijing, one year in Hong Kong and three years in Guangzhou. I am very interested in Chinese medicine and energy healing and how they interact with each other. My sister is an energy healer back in Taiwan and she has certainly influenced my approach to Chinese medicine.
How does Chinese medicine work?
I practise Chinese medicine by listening, tuning in to my patients, adjust the spacing in the body and through continuous self-learning. First of all, I listen to the person and tune in to his or her vibration and get connected, through the treatment to help the person to adjust and enable the body the space to shift and move towards to the balancing point, and improve the conditions. However, continuous education is most crucial as a practitioner. I integrate acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and Chinese herbs for my treatments.
What is a typical working day like for you?
Most Chinese medicine doctors work from 10am to 7pm with a lunch break. The work involves a lot of brain analysing and processing therefore sufficient time for rest definitely promotes good quality treatment of patients.
How is Chinese medicine primarily different from Western medicine?
Chinese medicine emphasises a holistic approach. The body can achieve the optimal health by living in harmony with nature. When the body’s Yin and Yang, Chi and the organs are out of balance, we get sick. For Western medicine, it separates the body into different units and treats them individually, whereas Chinese medicine pays more attention to each individual’s separately as no one is the same. By applying acupuncture, herbs and some other traditional treatments like moxibustion and cupping, Chinese medicine can improve immunity and enhance self-healing instead of only fighting against the diseases. Also there’re no side effects to Chinese medicine treatments.
How does Chinese medicine treat something like infertility?
Due to busy lifestyle and stress of modern life, infertility tends to become a bigger and bigger issue. Chinese medicine stresses on improving the body functions so as to enhance the chance to conceive successfully. For example, a lot of women with fertility issues also have menstruation issues hence Chinese medicine will first improve the monthly cycle according each individual’s functions of liver, spleen and kidneys at different stages of the cycle. A lot of research has proven that Chinese medicine promotes the combination of the sperm and egg efficiently with no side effects of hormonal treatments like in the Western medicine.
What do you eat for breakfast?
I drink a cup of warm lemon water before breakfast or just plain warm water if I run out of lemons. After brushing my teeth, I usually have fruits and bread with homemade jam plus a cup of home-roasted coffee (no sugar, no milk and only one cup a day). I think we can eat whatever we like – the main concerns are the quantity of the meals and our moods while we are eating (if we are relaxed and enjoying our meals slowly). I only recommend no deep fried, spicy or cold food, and no artificial flavourings and preservatives.
What do you do to keep healthy?
Go to bed early and get up early, exercise regularly, have fixed and good eating habits, and maintain a positive and calm mood. Daily meditation is my key method for getting rid of my stress and grounding myself. I highly recommend exercising daily, I walk to work and from work. On the weekend, if I am busy, I make sure I take a 30-minute walk in the park and on Sunday mornings, I go for a two-hour hike from about 6:30am to 7:30am.