Trouble in Hong Kong…

an outsider's perspective of hong kong

is there a doctor in da house?

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suffering from a cough is possibly the most anal form of small ailment. it keeps you awake at night, it’s potentially very embarrassing especially when you are caught at meetings trying to refrain your lungs from flying out. in hong kong, it’s  even worse because after SARS, coughing or blowing your nose are social taboos.

since i have been in hong kong, i have been adventurous enough to try out new forms of alternative healing. i like the theory of traditional chinese medicine. while  western medication knocks you into a comatose phase , chinese medication seeks to help the body regain its natural equilibrium. this is because it believes that when someone is ill, something is out of synch.

my chinese doctor is a 78 year old guy named chow kit tung – he is the bomb!!! i was coughing like mad for over a week before i went to see him and immediately after two doses of yucky and bitter chinese medicine, i was as good as new.

he told me he is shortening his business hours from 9 p.m. till 7 p.m. he used to work from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. i think it’s well deserved considering his old age. anyways, if you want to try out an alternative healing method – give it a go.

the good doctor doesn’t speak english so you need some tips from small trouble

1.) go between 10 – 11 a.m. or 3 -5 p.m. because there are less people there.

2.) he will ask you two very important questions – have you been shitting well or is your shit normal? ( i often struggle with the answer because what i think is normal may be abnormal for some people right) and if you are a lady – he wants to know your last menstrual cycle.

3.) just let him listen to the pulse on both of your hands. relax and don’t clench your fists up. lastly, stick out your tongue at him. he needs to see the color of your tongue

4.) consultancy fee is hk 60 and he will write you a prescription. take it to the lady at the back who minds the medication booth. tell her to fix you your drug and arrange a time to come back to drink it.

good luck and have fun!!!

dr. chow’s address is wellington street ( close to the escalator), it’s opposite wang fu. the number is 25496513

look for this sign - on wellington street

i am telling you - this woman had such a long list of illnesses. i wondered what's keeping her alive

the dr. writing me a prescription

the medicine counter


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