Hi there, dear friends
I fell sick with a bad sore throat, fever, cough and cold over the weekend and I quickly headed over to my regular Chinese Physician this morning. Yesterday, I was coughing very badly (so badly that the Chinese would joke that our liver can be coughed out in my situation!) and I woke up today with a splitting headache and no energy to do anything.
Three hours after drinking the first dose of my Chinese medicine upon coming home, my energy level is now up, my frequent coughing has dwindled down to the occasional one… and I am beginning to feel some normalcy returning! Well…at least enough for me to write a new post here for you . LOL!
Most of the time, my family would just visit our regular doctor trained in Western medicine whenever anyone of us fell ill, with the usual illnesses revolving around sore throats, fever, coughs and cold. However, the Western medicine prescribed often caused us drowsiness, lethargy and sometimes, a simple course of medication just won’t work for us and that is when we will go to our Chinese Physician for treatment instead .
We tend to go to our Western doctor first because the medical expenses are covered by my husband’s employee insurance benefits, whereas the costs for visiting a Chinese Physician are borne by ourselves. But sometimes, I really want to get well soon and be back on my feet in no time, and I would rather fork out some money for that!
With Western-trained doctors, they would prescribe some medicine to us to ease those symptoms of ailments, and it tend to take at least one week to recover back to our normal self.
With doctors in Traditional Chinese Medicine, they take our pulse first to diagnose what is wrong with us and then prescribe us some medicine to treat the root cause of our ailments. That is why just one visit to a really good Chinese Physician would suffice to get us well, up and running in just three to four days (the usual course of Chinese medication is around that period)!
About 20 years ago, I used to see a 76 year old Chinese Physician in SS2, Petaling Jaya and he would write out a Chinese Prescription Formula for three packages of herbs to be put together and paid for at the adjoining Chinese Medical/Herbal Shop. A package of the herbs would be boiled in four Chinese rice bowls of water until one bowl of liquid is left to be consumed. That is repeated in the following two days.
However, that Chinese Physician has already retired and the following Chinese Physicians that I had visited were not that good. A really reliable, experienced physician would be able to diagnose accurately by just taking our pulse for a few seconds and know exactly what is wrong with us, and prescribe accurate herbal medicine to cure us.
Luckily, a friend introduced Dr Sia to me a few years ago and I have found him to be really good. You will know that anything (or anyone) is good whenever or wherever you see a long line of people queuing up, waiting patiently for their turn. I have seen babies, toddlers, teenagers, adults, the elderly and even people of other races seeing Dr Sia! Wow!
I don’t know how old Dr Sia really is ….he looks like he is about sixty years old with white, bushy eyebrows! I was told he is a second generation Traditional Chinese Physician and people even came from out of town to see him.
He prescribes Chinese herbal medicine that is ready to drink (no need to boil any herbs on our own), very palatable to consume (that even toddlers have no trouble with the taste), which is really convenient. Before, I had to make a decoction of Chinese herbs and although time is not a factor, usually those decoctions are really bitter and yucky to consume…and they smell awful, too!
Here is the name and address of my Chinese Physician (to find his clinic, you can use Google map by typing in his address) ===>
Dr. Sia - No 25, Jalan Hujan Rahmat, Overseas Union Garden, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel :- 03-77840415
When you are on Jalan Hujan Rahmat, look out for a Magnum lottery outlet – it to the right of his clinic. The other side of Magnum is a Chinese Medicine/Herbal Shop. His clinic is painted a sunflower yellow and has two large, red lanterns hanging on the ceiling. There is a Chinese sign board….sorry, I can’t read Chinese
His consultation hours are from Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 1pm, 3pm to 5pm.
However, he may be late sometimes, and if you see his clinic is locked, just wait outside and he will turn up. Best is to give a call before going there.
The procedure for first timers visiting him is this ===>
1) when you go into the clinic, you will see a small window immediately to your left. There is a cash register there and on the side of the cash register, you will see a pile of small cards with numbers on them. Just take the first card, that is your queue number.
2) on the right of the clinic, you will see a long row of wooden bench. That is the waiting area.
3) Dr Sia’s consultation room is through the second door on the left.
4) take a seat and wait for your turn. It helps to ask those that are already there what is the currently number being called so that you know how long you have to wait.
5) when you go in to see Dr Sia, he will ask you “How are you?” in Mandarin – by the way, he speaks mostly Mandarin and Hokkien….and a spattering of Cantonese. He will take your pulse and that is when you tell him what you are seeing him for. He will write a prescription for his wife or assistant to gather the herbal medicine for you, and he will most likely tell you what foods to avoid while you are taking his medicine.
For me, I have a long list of foods/drinks to avoid – no cooling teas, no cooling herbal drinks, no curry, no mee nor meehoon, ….
Then he would ask for your Chinese name….and you are done! You would have spent at most just three minutes in there, unless you have more questions for him.
Caution! ===> Dr Sia can be quite eccentric and if you are not taking care of your health probably, he may rebuke you! :lol:
6) when you are finished with Dr Sia, just go back to the bench to wait for your name to be called when you medicine is ready. They have to combine the various herbal formulae and boil the medicine before dispensing it in two bottles. You are to take 30ml of the medicine twice a day.
7) the consultation fee is RM10, and with the herbal medicine, the total cost is around RM74 to RM80, depending on what ailments you have.
Please note that I am not being paid by Dr Sia to promote his practice…but he is a really good and reliable Chinese Physician. I have talked to his other patients before and some said they have been seeing him for 30 years already, while most of them have been recommended by their friends to see him.
So, I am also recommending him to those of you that stay in the Klang Valley. Good Chinese Doctors are really hard to come by these days, and therefore, do go give him a try.
With best wishes for good health,