I went to see a Chinese herbalist | THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED

I went to see a Chinese herbalist | THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED


This is a story about me trying to seek
help from Chinese herbal therapy. Chinese medicine has three areas of expertise: Tai Chi, acupuncture and herbal treatment. I have previous experience about
acupuncture but I have never tried herbal treatment. It’s slightly more difficult to find a Chinese herbalist from Finland and since Toronto has a part of the town that’s called Chinatown, I think this was a perfect opportunity
to go test one. Cause I bet there has to be at least one true Chinese herbalist in Chinatown… …if not, the whole part of city is such a scam. The conventional medicine thinks I’m completely healthy. But I don’t feel healthy. The more specific reason why I wanted to go see a Chinese herbalist was that I have had a very persistent rash on my palms for several years now. I wanted to see if the Chinese doctor would be able to help me and if he confirms my theories about why the rash does not cure. Despite any lotion I apply on it, any diet I try… …because, you know, rashes come from the gut. Why did I decided to go with herbal therapy? Well. Chinese medicine is one of the oldest if not the oldest practices of medicine in the world. So it’s older than the traditional Western medicine. So I hope they would know the answer to my health problems if the conventional medicine doesn’t know. I feel like there should be a tiny tiny disclaimer out before we proceed to the rest of the video. If you plan on seeking for any kind of alternative therapy forms. Please do consult your health care provider first before making any moves. The reason why I so “carelessly” decided to go see this guy is because I have been treated with alternative therapies for… …I’m almost 24 so 23 years? 22 years? So I have over two decades of experience so I kind of know what to expect. But if you are newbie, please consult your doctor first. If you’re looking for a herbal therapist or
herbalist, you might wanna make sure that they are registered. I don’t know about the rest of the world but in Ontario every single profession practitioner has to be a registered or certified. Otherwise they…I guess they’re declared as “non legit”. And actually only recently I checked this guy’s business card. Even though the card says that he is a “certified Chinese herbal therapist”. I went on the Ontario Association of Registered Herbalists and I couldn’t find his name there so- I don’t know where he has registered. Maybe Kijiji? The way I found my herbalist was when my parents and I were wandering around Chinatown looking for a herbalist. This sounds really promising already… We randomly stumbled on this shop. That…first of all, they didn’t allow
us to record inside. But we found out that they did in fact have a Chinese herbalist inside and we managed to get an appointment time quite quickly. If you have ever been to a herbalist and you have seen the produce you know exactly how it looks like. It’s just basically dry stuff. I don’t even know like what most of the stuff were. The herbalist itself was a…hmm, I’d say a guy in his 40s or 50s. If you have been to alternative therapies before, you know what kind of questions they ask. Like, they wanna know how you sleep, how you’re feeling, what do you do… Like, what do you do, are you at school, do you work… What do you eat, how well does your gut
work like in terms of pooping and stuff like that. He asked me all that. Then he measured my pulse. And then, at least in Chinese medicine it’s common to measure the “liver pulse”. They measure it from the wrist where your pulse would be measured but the point is slightly different. For conventional medicine practitioners this does not make any sense. I got a note and I had no idea what was on the list… So this doctor takes the list to another
person who starts collecting those dry-goods, opening different jars and packets and He had a scale that had only one cup and then based on where he was holding it he measured the weight of the thing. First time around we were so like excited about it that we made the mistake that we didn’t ask like what actually went in that thing. So, he starts collecting at least seven to ten different dry ingredients for me. And they packed it in these…it’s kind of
like when you go buy flowers and they pack the flower packet in that…wrap. So
he was doing that. So I left his office with three packets of stuff looking like garden waste. So the instructions he gave me was that I need to consume one packet a day. And the way I do it is that I need to boil it in one liter of water until the volume of the liquid is about one cup (~ 250 ml). He said that the liquid and the boiling process are gonna stink like no tomorrow. And I was like: “Oh, I had tried all kinds of stuff, you know, I’ll be fine with the smell and taste whatever-” Cause I have honestly- I have been sniffing and tasting stuff that’s like super disgusting so- That’s where I come from. The smell of it was indeed bad. I had expected since he warned me that it would be even worse. But it wasn’t the worst I have dealt with. My next visit was about a month after the first one. The appointment was similar to the first one. I decided to take five packets with me for five days. This time I managed to ask about the
ingredients that were going in those mixtures. BUT they didn’t speak English too well. So I didn’t manage to get to know all the
ingredients. However, when I took those five packets for five days, after day three I was kind of fed up with it. So the last couple of days were a proper struggle. Because the smell started to be so disgusting, that I kind of got, like, the urge to…to throw up. So it was mentally very challenging to keep drinking that thing. What are my final thoughts? I will attach pictures of my hands. If you don’t like to see blood or other people’s body parts, I suggest that you skip forward. My hands used to look pretty nasty before. The skin on my hands was super dry, no lotions would make any difference to it. They were super itchy and I used to wake up in the middle of the night to scratch them. And then there were tiny little pockets of liquid under the skin that looked like if they were some dark bumps. And if I scratched them open, the liquid would come out and it would start bleeding. After the first treatment the bumps went away. But the skin wasn’t completely healed. And then, after the second treatment,
I noticed it took maybe a week or two, like, my hands healed the first time in, like, FOR YEARS. Like, I don’t even remember how normal hands look like. And I look at my husband’s palms sometimes and I’m like your skin is so smooth and so silky! Cause mine has not been like that for years. Both my hands healed. However, there were still a few dry-ish patches on my palms. But the redness went away, the itching went away and the bumps went away. So I would conclude that this treatment was indeed pretty successful. My theory is that this is a stress based condition. Which the herbalist was able to confirm. He managed to tell me that is something related to my immune system. Which I can completely understand. Because stress lowers our immune system’s ability to function optimally. And I’ve been able to get some data about that too. Because whenever I meditate regularly or do yoga and meditation combined, my hands heal even if I had the sh*ttiest diet ever. The skin on my hands gets better almost instantly or within a week. So it has definitely something to do with what happens here. Which means that no matter what therapy I seek, it’s not gonna fully heal my hands until I manage to deal with my stress. My left hand has managed to stay nice and pretty and so smooth and silky and I have had no issues with it. But I think I must have had quite stressful Christmas and New Year’s because my right hand started to react. Anyways, I think this was a very interesting experiment. And I hope you were entertained at least. If you decide to try this, I can completely recommend it. However, make sure you find a legit therapist. Anyways, thank you so much for watching. Leave a like if you you enjoyed this video and make sure you’re subscribed to my channel so that you won’t miss on any crap that I post. I’ll see you in the next video, byeeeee!

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