As mentioned from my previous post, Best Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Philippines, I consider Dr. Tan Ci Shou as one of the best in the country. Well, many people also consider him as one of the best and well-known Chinese Herbal Doctors in the world. There are around 400 – 500 patients who visit and consult him. Dr. Tan is an expert on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Nowadays, his son also caters to patients in the same clinic in Binondo, Manila.
Just want to share here my experience going to Dr. Tan, the popular TCM doctor. Before going to Dr. Tan, I learned about TCM through Organic Olivia’s posts from Instagram then I read some of her articles on her website. She cured her many health problems through TCM. I recommend you read her story. I’m sure your mind will be more opened about TCM. I was fascinated with how TCM naturally heals that’s why I started to search for the best TCM clinic here when I was having headaches.
I was having occasional headaches and I had consulted some ENT doctors. Luckily, nothing to worry about. The ENT just prescribed me pain relievers. But after few weeks, I experienced some weird headaches again so I went to a neurologist. After some tests, the neurologist told me it’s just hormonal thing so he gave me some medicines. The medicines worked the first week but when I came back to the neuro doctor, he prescribed less meds but I was having weird dreams at night and sometimes insomnia so I stopped taking them. Eventually, I found out I have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. I went to a TMJ specialist and he gave me a splint and removed my braces. I felt so relieved and my headaches have gone. I had to continue my TMJ treatment, so I would still feel few headaches but not worse like before. I decided to combine Traditional Chinese Medicine with my treatment. It’s very effective, read my review below.
Dr. Tan TCM Doctor Review and My Experience
I decided to combine holistic approach with my TMJ treatment using Traditional Chinese Medicine. I’m in my early 30s and I feel like hormones get the best of me sometimes. As much as possible, I don’t want to be taking pain relievers, anti-biotics or any med because I don’t want my liver to suffer so much and I want my body’s healing power mechanism to do its job instead of those meds.
So we drove to Manila. Dr. Tan’s clinic is in the 2nd Floor Fu-yong Mansion, Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila. I arrived there at 10 am. There were already around 25 patients on queue. They were sitting there along the narrow hallway waiting for their number to be called. While waiting, I couldn’t help but ask some of the people sitting next to me about their health issue and TCM experiences. A man in his 40’s told me it was his 6th time going there. He told me he was overweight before and he had kidney problem. After taking the herbs prescribed by Dr. Tan and avoiding the foods mentioned by the doctor, his body is now normal, he is slim now and he couldn’t be much stronger. TCM changed his life for the better. A woman in her 60’s told me she couldn’t walk and stand up well before and was feeling so weak. His son brought her to Dr. Tan, after taking the herbal tea regularly, she can now visit the clinic alone. I was glad to hear more stories but my number was called.
I went inside the clinic and cellphones were not allowed because the Chinese doctor would check your pulse without using the typical stethoscope. He would only tap his fingers on your wrist and he would know already. Then he would check your tongue. He would tell you then what’s wrong with you and would ask you if you feel certain things. You would be amazed how could he know them right away.
What does Your Tongue Say Something About You – Traditional Chinese Medicine
Dr. Tan will then ask you what would you prefer – tea or tablets. I have chosen tea because the doctor told me it’s more effective. He will then write down on a prescription paper the list of herbs you need to have to make the tea. You can buy the herbs at the Ching Tay Chinese Drugstore along Alonso street. They will give you a list of instructions how to boil the herbs. You can only use ceramics or clay pots. Dr. Tan will also hand you a list of foods you need to avoid eating.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are 5 different treatments: herbal medicine, dietary therapy, acupuncture, massage and exercise. You already have the first two going to Dr. Tan. The rest 3 methods, you can also apply at your own choice.
The first time I have taken the herbal tea, I already felt good. My headaches were gone and I felt less bloated too. I also noticed my skin glowed lighter. You’ll definitely get slimmer taking the herbal tea. The tea tastes so bitter but the benefits are sweet.
At first, Dr. Tan prescribed me a 3-day herbal tea then I had to go back for a follow up check up. Then he prescribed another set of herbs for a week. Then I went back to the clinic and he told me I’m ok already and I can stop drinking the tea.
Read my post about TCM below: