Appointment With Vietnamese TCM Doctor

The locals here use Mr. Vu’s uncle, Mr. Sau, a third generation physician practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Mr. Vu is the translator while Mr. Sau provides TCM consults, treatments and dispenses herbs when necessary.   I was told about him from a few of the expats here so I was excited to meet with him at our home!

Once settled, Vu asked me what my problem was.  I explained “I have depression in my head.  And I am stopping taking the medicines that my western doctor gave me.  I also have pain down my left leg”. (This leg pain had started a few months ago from walking every morning, maybe in wrong footwear?)

Then I sat on the couch and Mr. Sau pressed on my wrist to take my energy pulses.  Right away he asked about my jaw and started to rub my jaw.  “Is there pain here?”  “Yes, I’ve had jaw and TMJ pain for as I could remember.”  Next he pressed into my low back and asked if I have pain here.  “Yes, I have had low back pain for years.”  Mr. Sau nodded and said that I have had this injury for a long time.  When I explained I had been in a car accident in 2000 he nodded with knowing.


I asked Mr. Vu how Mr. Sau knew this, and Vu said that “Mr. Sau meditates for three hours every day and he can hear ghosts.  He is three people in one.”  WOW!  I love working with people connected to spirit!  Access to so much more knowledge.

Anyway… next, Mr. Sau palpated my right pectoral muscle and found a very weak and sore spot.  Then he found a similar weak and sore spot on my back, directly behind the spot on my chest.

Then Mr. Sau asked to see my pills from my doctor.  He felt them in his hands then told me that these pills are for people who don’t have energy.  And I have lots of energy.

Prognosis:  “You don’t have depression.  You have weak kidneys.  And your tight muscles are blocking your energy to your brain.”  ah ha!  Depression Theory #2!


  • TCM herbs for my kidneys and energy (the big herbal balls), and some for muscle and joint pain (small herbal balls).  Both are made from hand picked local herbs, rolled and dried in the sun.  I am to chew on the big herb balls, and swallow the small ones down with water.
  • Ginger poultice on my back and chest to relieve pain (ginger cooked down with rice wine).
  • Stretch my neck down, and side to side many times a day.
  • Stretch my inner thighs and quads.
    • Side to side knee
    • bends
    • Camel pose until I can remove the pillows and lay back on the floor.
    • Wide legs stretch, using a wall to eventually get deeper, rotating my ankles in and out

Ready to try this out!  Stay tuned!

Osteopathy Treatments – WOW! Healing Catapult!

Yet once again, as per usual every month or less, I got a good headache which always felt like it was coming from my upper neck and the base of my scull.

I’ve always done Chiropractic to ease my discomfort. But with no chiropractor in Hoi An, I went to see an Osteopath who reached out to my online plea for help.  I saw Dr. Mathieu Tieum three times at the Luminary Life health center. 

January 19

First Osteo appointment.  Had good energy after, but went to bed really early.    Woken up twice by the kids.

January 20

Busy day in Danang then the Hoi An Social Club event in the evening.  Went to bed a little later than usual.

January 21

Couldn’t seem to wake up!  (usually up between 6 & 6:30 am).  Finally got up at 8:15.  Napped all afternoon.  Agitated all day.  Went to bed at 7: 15 pm and slept uninterrupted.

January 22

Woke up at 6:00 am.  Went for a walk.  Sore back and left leg.  Still agitated although less.  Mild depression.  Did a gym workout and then beach meditation.  Helped a little.

January 23

Good mood and good energy.  Sore from my workout.  3:30 pm ‘gut rot’ stomach pain and bloating.  (ate at 7:30 am, then not again until 11:30 am when I had Pho soup.  Then chocolate and peanut butter at 2:30 pm)

The magic happened on the third visit. 

February 2

While Dr. Mathieu did work with movement of my physical body, he also helped me connect and ask my highest self what it truly wanted.  He had me focus on a happy place activity and for me that’s hiking.  I saw and felt myself hiking through dense trees, on a blue sky day.  Moving steadily on a mild incline, well marked trail. 

Dr. Mathieu asked me what seeds he could help me plant, and what words they would be.  After some struggle and nothing, I saw the words Vibrant, Flow, and then a few seconds later Aligned appeared.  As though it was saying “wait for me!!”  ha ha! 

After this, for the first time in my meditation journey, I was able to just see light radiating around the middle of my forehead and in between my eyes (what is often taught as the “third eye”).  I had no mind chatter or visualizations at all.  So I was able to focus on the light, let it get stronger, pull back, then focus on it again.  I had control!   It felt amazing; like pure love.  And a radiant smile formed on my face all by itself.

Next I saw a blue light swirling through my whole body, part by part.  It started in my head, swirled down my neck, into both shoulders, my chest and heart,  stomach, down both legs where it hung out a bit in my knees, to my feet and then gone.  I noted that it stayed extra long in my head, jaw, bowels, cervix and knees.

After this, I couldn’t believe what had just happened.  It was magical.  Dr. Mathieu and I chatted about everything very excitedly.  I felt so light and ecstatic.  And my headache (my initial reason for seeking treatment) was long gone.

Gut Healing Advice

Dr. .Mathieu also gave me a recommendation for healing my gut flora.  He suggested that I get a small amount of natural clay, put it in a cup of water and let it settle over night.  In the morning on an empty stomach, give it a little swirl, then drink the water on top of the clay.  Next add more water and let it sit again until the next day.

He also recommended that I try fasting.  I really know nothing about this, so I will need to explore further!  Hmmm!

Sadly, Dr. Mathieu left Hoi An to travel onward a few days later, but I felt like he gave me the tools I need to move forward.

So now, it’s up to me to explore what all that meant, and how I can give my soul the flow, vibrancy and alignment it wants!

Thank you Dr. Mathieu!  I am so grateful for the healing gift you gave me!

(Dr. Mathieu Tieum also practices in Paris, France.  I recommend that you look him up if you’re there!)