I wanted to show you the moxibustion stuff remember? I had my first appointment this week and snuck some pictures for you all --tummy picture coming up below, so shield any eyes that need it :) I've got to say up front, I got a Masters of Science in Zoology (--kind of like biology --in fact the departments have now combined at BYU : all the premed students were in my major as an undergrad), and I'm used to the scientific method. Chinese Traditional Medicine does not usually follow the scientific method format. It's different -just -different. I did a paper trying to compare Western medicine, and CTM in college, and it was really apples to oranges. However, they've been doing the things they do with countless recorded successful anecdotes for thousands of years --way before Western medicine had the bright idea of using leeches to help people recover. I've been dealing with this stupid Graves disease for 6 1/2 years, and have been following everything my Dr. has told me short of having my thyroid obliterated by radiation (because that makes no sense to me. It would make me hypothyroid and I'd still have to take medication -see this article ). and I'm going up and down with my levels all of the time. I heard that CTM has a procedure to treat the autoimmune side of the disease which makes more sense to me --whatever that procedure might be.
Now, why burning stuff at certain points on my skin, or poking needles into other points works? NO idea. My CTM Dr. makes these little "cookies" (the dark brown things) out of one kind of herb, and then makes little cones (light brown) on top out of another kind of herb, and sets the top stuff on fire. Really. She goes through 5 cones of herbs on each point, and that's it. Sounds witch doctory, but hey -whatever.
Here's a page to go to that gives some basics.
Next story. Does this bother anyone else? We stopped in ICING --a teen -preteen accessory store right before our movie, and saw this display of flasks right by the register.