Health

In Moiyan I saw an interesting combination of Chinese and Western healthcare.

I visited the surgery of a traditional Chinese doctor, whose waiting room looked like this:

He would write a prescription for Chinese herbs, which you then took to the Chinese herbal pharmacist (no photo, sorry).

Some people collect herbs to prepare themselves at home:

Fresh aloe vera being prepared as a treatment for injured skin:

I was introduced to these dried gizzard membranes 雞內金 : 鸡内金 Jī nèi jīn : gê(1) nui(4) gim(1) which are apparently given to children to help the spleen and kidney:

After all the 熱 : : ngiad(6) fried food that I had eaten, it was time for some 'cooling' medicine! My cousin had this commercial mediciation at home, wrapped in plastic and sealed in a wax ball:

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The chewy centre tasted very much like that bitter, green Chinese powder my mum used to force on me for mouth ulcers.

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One of the bigger modern hospitals in town:

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After staying in hospital, people like to wash with water extracted from boiled pomelo and loquat leaves (at least I think the second type was loquat!):

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