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
- 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!