When my parents were living in China I used to go visit them every summer. My favorite thing to do was roam the streets without any direction or plan, just meander around, taking in all the sights. The ones you don’t see in the guide books.
Actually, my favorite part was the food. But right after that was walking the streets.
One day I stumbled upon this old brick building in one of my favorite neighborhoods. It had this rusted sign with Chinese characters and read “pharmacy” in English. I decided to go in and thank the lawd I did because I met Mr. Jung that day, who is just about the greatest human I’ve ever met in my life.
Mr. Jung and I would come to be great friends over the coming years. Not only because he told me where to get good dumplings, or the best prices on antiques, but also because of our conversations. We’d have these choppy but wonderful convos—him practicing his English and me, my Mandarin (his English far superior to my Mandarin), and every time he’d give me some tea to take home as a thank you.
Mr. Jung worked in that building, which turned out to be a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) center. It was three stories of herbs and teas, and there was also had a small clinic for cupping, acupuncture and massage tucked away in the back.
This was my first introduction to TCM, and it blew my freakin’ mind.
Traditional Chinese medicine probably shouldn’t be summarized in a blog post. It’s more like a semester of college. But here it is anyway.
Super Quick Traditional Chinese Medicine Overview
- TCM is one of the oldest healing systems on the planet (a casual 2500 years), one which grew out of observation of how everything in our reality functions at the deepest, invisible levels and interacts with the surface or visible physical levels.
- The healing powers of TCM have since endured to become a widely-used and highly-respected form of medicine both in Asia and all over the world. I’m pretty sure it’s been featured on Goop.
- In TCM, your body is an integrated whole. That means each and every structure in your body is an integral and necessary part of the whole. Along with your mind, emotions, and spirit, your physical body structures form a complex, interrelated system that is powered by energy. Hoooo baby.
- TCM suggests you’re completely connected to nature. That means changes in nature are always reflected in your body. TCM factors in the season, your location, the time of day, as well as your age, genetics, and the condition of your body when looking at any health issues.
- TCM practitioners believe we were born with natural self-healing abilities. Our bodies have incredible regenerative capacity, but sometimes this ability appears to be lost or difficult to access. TCM strives to bring it back, because it’s never truly gone.
- According to TCM, prevention is the best cure and our bodies are continually revealing signs about the state of our health. We all know it’s common to ignore symptoms until something more complicated develops. TCM teaches us how to interpret what our body is telling us, before it’s too late.
- When illness occurs, it’s believed to be the result of an imbalance (or blockage) of energy within the body, which can be remedied through any number of TCM treatments, from herbal formulas to acupuncture and more.
So I’m over there learning about TCM from Mr. Jung in Shanghai, meanwhile getting into yoga and meditation and herbs and shit. It was awesome, felt great.
Until I went back to New York and promptly forgot about it all. Probably because I didn’t have a Mr. Jung to go visit every other day.
Then a couple years later I was diagnosed with Lyme guess what my very progressive functional medicine doctor prescribed? TCM, obv.
TCM looks at the body as a whole, rather than separate pieces, which is a practice that we’ve lost touch with in the West but is still widely practiced in the East.
Modern Western medicine is amazing and necessary, but in some cases it’s simply not serving us anymore. Our current healthcare system tends to treats the symptoms, not the root cause, of whatever we’re up against.
But hey good news, it’s looking like the modern world is finally catching up to what the ancients have been telling us all along. Thanks to brands like Dao Labs, we can easily access the power of TCM and how it might be able to holistically address the health issues a lot of us are struggling with (oh hi there stress, anxiety, insomnia, poor digestion and hormonal imbalance).
The folks at Dao Labs kindly sent us some formulas and I gotta tell you guys, these things are THE BEST. I tried a sampler pack, so got my paws on the Emotional Balance, Digestive Harmony, Women’s Formula, and Immunity Support.
Not only are they delicious, but I saw immediate results.
Was it weird when I was having a brutal morning in the allergies department and poured the immune support formula into a glass of water at breakfast with my friends? Yeah to be honest, it probably was. Did I feel better almost instantly? Yes, yes I did.
If you’re not familiar with Chinese herbs yet, here are five reasons why you might consider trying them, according to Dao Labs:
- Collagen, fish oil, magnesium to heal imbalances present in the body.
- Early adopters are starting to catch onto the power of Eastern medicine.
- Chinese herbs are all about balance (the ying and yang).
- Chinese medicine treats the root of the imbalance, instead of treating just the symptom.
- If you’re going to try Chinese herbs for the first time, these are a great introduction to this lifestyle.
Dao Labs has created Chinese herbal blends that:
- taste much better than traditional herbal formulas, but don’t lose any of the efficacy.
- are based on formulas that have been used for thousands of years.
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I’ve been mixing these formulas into water depending on what’s going on in my life, be it period cramps or stress or digestive issues. I haven’t tried the sleep remedy yet but that’s next on my list.
I’m telling you though, it was the immunity formula that sealed the deal. My allergies are constantly problematic—I’ve tried everything from bee pollen to antihistamines to shots—and this herbal formula pulled out all the stops.
Can’t wait to order more of these puppies.
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