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Old 10-15-2016, 06:05 PM   #1
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Does anybody have a Chinese doctor (chinese medicine) they can recommend? Preferably if they use medicine in powdered form that I can just mix with hot water rather than having to cook it (not mandatory).

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First of all, do you know what you want to get "cured" from?

I'll share with you my personal experiences last year as I've been to 5 Chinese doctors as well as 5 specialists in Canada and 2 specialist in HK.

a) Doctor Rose: from china, only speaks mandarin, office is inside a supermarket (the one beside Happy date) She was ok, medication was by far the cheapest.
b) "old Staples" mall beside Canada line; by far the WORSE doctor of all.
NO private rooms = you can literally HEAR what other's are saying; that means YES, if you have hemorrhoids, everyone will know.

2nd, the man has a female assistant; he does all the talking, she writes down and provides suggestions on what other medication should be inside. You do have to go and get a ticket because he only does a certain # of patients a day.

c) Female doctor at Continental Shopping Centre is the best I've seen. Most expensive based on medication but she was extremely professional and you do have the options to have them pre-make the medication for you and put it inside a thermos. You do have the option to pre-book for an appointment.

*CAUTION****

1) Chinese medication does not have expiry dates.
2) Chinese medication does not have an exact amount of dosage. 50mg is exactly 50mg for westen pills, for Chinese you go by the 10-25+ items to guage the dosage.
3) Chinese medication does have western medication properties. Which means, if you're already taking western medication AND chinese, you might overdose.

Last yr, I was dealing with a very unique illness and I was taking western medication to deal with my immune system. During that time, I also did Chinese medication; I sortof overdosed, fainted and the next day, I ended up going to Richmond Hospital to deal with some of the side effects.
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A couple years ago, I started having really strong itches whenever it gets hot or whenever I eat spicy food (I don't have tolerance for it). My skin would have red spots all over too, but they would go away after the itch goes. Western medicine doesn't seem to have any explanation for it so I assume a Chinese doctor could look into.
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Not a specialist at all so take it with a grain of salt; Chinese doctor = balance of the body = preventive measure. It doesn't work if you want a quick fix.

1) Your body is not good with certain foods and you need to re-balance your inner body with some chinese medication is the most common answer you'll get.
2) You need to take it & also go back for a follow up and get re-adjusted with stronger medicine when needed.
3) This is the part I hate the most. 1 doctors says, no chicken, others says no pork, 3rd doctor says minimal protein 4th doctor says no eggs. I'm like WTF..... I was told only noodles, rice, chicken broth and just fish.

All in all, I can say it's based on the "traditional" list of things the doctor prescribe you; what works for one doesn't work with another. A bit of luck is involved so be prepared.

$20 dollars for medication is the general rule, the good ones is usually $30 dollars + 5 - 10 dollars for the doctor appointment.

You'll need to drink give or take 10-20 doses; in total, a full month of $300-400 dollars which I was not impressed at all.

I'm thinking you have a reaction to spicy food more than anything.
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Not a specialist at all so take it with a grain of salt; Chinese doctor = balance of the body = preventive measure. It doesn't work if you want a quick fix.


I'm thinking you have a reaction to spicy food more than anything.
Not looking for a quick-fix. This condition plagued me for years so I'm not in a hurry.

I wish it was as simple as that so I can just avoid spicy food. However, my problem is when it affects me when its hot. For example, during July and August in Hong Kong, I cannot wear anything beyond wife beaters simply because when its too hot I would have to be scratching my head and body the whole time.

I can't avoid wearing a suit or normal clothes in the summer for the rest of my life. Well I can, but I'd look stupid scratching myself.
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here's the person you should go to then; tad expensive compared to others, but very professional; own private room, booking allowed, will boil the medicine for you in a thermos (or they'll give you instructions), highly recommended compared to the 5+ I've been to.

One at Contential Plaza

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Does anybody have a Chinese doctor (chinese medicine) they can recommend? Preferably if they use medicine in powdered form that I can just mix with hot water rather than having to cook it (not mandatory).

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Just a hint I am not sure if this was proven or not, but a lot of ppl say the powdered version is not as effective.
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SOME truth to it; proven or not, take it with a grain of salt.
1) when you BOIL the "stuff" (over 15-20+ ingredients), you are boiling it for a good 40 minutes. I would believe the time it takes to make that concoction takes time for the medicine to release and marinade

2) when you grind the power down and you just mix it with luke warm chinese tea pot water, it doesn't get enough time for it to mix.

Marinade takes time, boiling soup takes time (esp. asian soups), brining takes time. It should be no difference when it comes to medicine. Then we also are comparing the boiling the medication versus just luke warm water with power.

Coffee versus powdered coffee, you decide.
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The granule version comes in 2 forms, generally speaking. The efficacy is roughly 80% of the real stuff, although that is changing. 1g of granules = 5g of the actual herb

1) the extract granules of each individual ingredients. So you would take A + B + C granules and then mix it together and dissolve. Sometimes the doc will mix it for you, sometimes you mix it yourself.
2) the extract granules of formulations. So you would cook A+B+C together, and then extract it into granules for you to dissolve. no mixing required since it's done at the factory.

pulverized herbs are seldom used in cooking because 1) lower herbal quality 2) its a mess to deal with.


if you like convenience and/or dislike the smell then granules are for you. try to get the doc to prescribe you one w/ a formulation and then add a herb or two.
if you're a traditionalist or want a faster recovery please boil your medicine in a ceramic pot.
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A couple years ago, I started having really strong itches whenever it gets hot or whenever I eat spicy food (I don't have tolerance for it). My skin would have red spots all over too, but they would go away after the itch goes. Western medicine doesn't seem to have any explanation for it so I assume a Chinese doctor could look into.
"Western medicine doesn't seem to have any explanation for it " legit laughed so hard at this because you are dead serious. Those are called Hives. Go buy some antihistamines. Western medicine literally plasters advertising for this exact issue everywhere you look. The biggest and most well known being Reactine found in every single drug store in the world.
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Not looking for a quick-fix. This condition plagued me for years so I'm not in a hurry.

I wish it was as simple as that so I can just avoid spicy food. However, my problem is when it affects me when its hot. For example, during July and August in Hong Kong, I cannot wear anything beyond wife beaters simply because when its too hot I would have to be scratching my head and body the whole time.

I can't avoid wearing a suit or normal clothes in the summer for the rest of my life. Well I can, but I'd look stupid scratching myself.
can this be a heat rash?
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