Cheap Chinese medicine for couriers
14.09.09 by Ms Nhatt Attack
When I was still living in Seattle, I caught bronchitis. For those of you who are unaware of how the American health care system works, it’s very simple. It doesn’t.
So I was pretty penniless with no possibility of being able to see a doctor and was coughing for up to four hours every night. This went on for six long months with no easy solution and with what once was a fairly understanding boyfriend becoming a very grumpy and sleep deprived boyfriend before a solution arrived.
Every month we would get a package of coupons through our door for local businesses, and in that month’s package was a coupon for a local acupuncturist, $100 dollars for a consultation and two treatments. This was definitely my best option, even though I wasn’t convinced it would work, for keeping the boyfriend and for having full use of my lungs.
The acupuncturist I saw was great, he sorted me out with a combination of acupuncture and cupping, a process that uses cups filled with with hot smoke to create a suction against your skin and to draw the blood to a certain place, or more importantly in my case, away from a certain place. It worked, and I haven’t had any problems with my lungs since (the boyfriend was another matter).
I feel like I was very lucky to be given an easy in to this kind of medical treatment. Although it is what most Chinese use to heal themselves of a myriad of problems, it isn’t a common solution to medical problems in the western world and can seem very inaccessible to most people, which brings us the the crux of the matter.
Many of you will have met 24 Tee, she’s the small but very fast courier who’s been working for Cyclone and Creative for…well, I reckon a very long time. While she’s been couriering she has also been studying traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and has now completed her degree; she is fully licensed and insured and would like to do something to help out the community that she has been a part of for so long. She is willing to treat working couriers in her home surgery in East London on Saturday morning. I had a chance to visit her studio and it’s very peaceful, and my knee was very happy to visit it as well.
The initial consultation lasts from 30 min to 1 hr or even longer. She will take a detailed medical history and examine your tongue and pulse. In case of trauma, injury and the like, she will conduct a physical examination. The treatment itself involves inserting 3-6 very fine, sterilized, single use needles into specific points on the body. Other treatment methods are cupping, that I had in Seattle, moxibustion (a burning herb Artemisia Latiflora Sinensis) that my knee enjoyed this weekend, and prepared Chinese herbs (100% natural, vegetarian and mostly vegan pills).
Follow up treatments will last from 20 min up to an hour. And just to remind you that everything in the surgery is fully confidential.
So what kinds of problems can be treated? Experts in TCM reckon, that there isn’t an illness that could not be helped by Chinese medicine. How much improvement you get and how long it takes, is a bit more complicated. If you want to find out more about this, best you visit the PRTCM website, where they have a list of conditions and lots of other info about TCM.
As said, she can see you Saturday morning, if you ask really nicely. Really, really nicely, that is. 24 Tee’s email is timala at live.co.uk. Appointment only, and working couriers only.
What she is offering is a 20 pound consultation, with treatments costing 10-15 pounds after that, depending on the length of the treatment session, which is quite the bargain if you look at what is normally charged for this kind of healing.