On a Traditional Chinese Medicine programme for my thyroid cyst to avoid surgery, and on a SOS-free diet

A Chinese Physician applying the art of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

A Chinese Physician applying the art of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

Hi there, dear friends πŸ˜€Β 

The past few months have been hectic for me with preparations for my eldest daughter’s June wedding, getting my second daughter ready for her first job after her graduation from university, and with looking for a suitable new car to buy for my two sons whose university campus has been relocated to another town. Β 

After things had wound down and I have some “me time” back finally last month, I suddenly noticed that I have a 1.5 inch lump growing near the base of my neck, just above the left shoulder bone! OMG!Β 

However, Β a series of thyroid blood rests showed a normally functioning thyroid and my family doctor referred me to the hospital for further diagnosis. At the hospital, a fine needle was inserted into my neck growth with the guidance from an ultrasound scan and a sample sent off for a biopsy. Luckily, the result came back negative for cancer and the growth was benign but my thyroglobulin levels were higher than average.Β 

But the doctor advised me to go for surgery to remove my growth, and I am reluctant to go for that because I am afraid of surgery. Anyway, she has given me two months to go back to her for a follow-up consultation to see if my growth has grown bigger and for another blood test to check my thyroglobulin levels.Β 

Right after I left the hospital, I quickly rushed off to my family Chinese Physician, who diagnosed that my liver function was “off balance with blockages” (in TCM terms) and he advised me not to go for surgery to remove my thyroid growth. I also found out the reason for my persistently high cholesterol levels despite taking care of my diet, ingesting DE, and drinking Jiaogulan Tea – it was my liver causing that! In TCM, the liver plays a very important role to regulate the proper functions of our body…and the liver can also cause goitres if it is not working well.

This is the fifth week that I have been seeing my Chinese Physician – he takes my pulse every week to check the state my body is in, especially my liver, and he prescribes me the right Chinese herbal formulas to reduce my thyroid growth and to bring down my cholesterol. Β So far, I am seeing good results and my neck lump has decreased in size ( by about 25%? )

I almost cried when I had to stop taking Diatomaceous EarthΒ (DE) which I was enjoying so many of its many health benefits since last year. I had to stop all my natural health supplements while I am on the TCM programme, to avoid any contraindications with the Chinese herbs.Β 

On top of that, my Chinese Physician has advised me to stop taking all these :-

  • Chinese teas
  • Western teas
  • cooling herbal teas (leong char)
  • oil
  • salt
  • sugar
  • spicy foods
  • vinegars
  • watermelon
  • papaya
  • pineapple
  • spirulina

…. and he asked me not to get stressed nor get angry! Lol!Β 

I have also minimised my meat intake, and I only take fish or eggs with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. If I can’t resist it, I will have just a piece of chicken or pork from the food that I cook for my family.Β 

In the first three weeks, on this SOS and almost meat free diet, I lost 3 kgs (6.6 lbs) ! Β Initially, I was always lethargic and I could barely summon any energy to do my house chores….but now, my body has adapted to the new diet and I am almost back to my normal self!Β 

I have another month to go before I head back to the doctor and I hope I can avoid that surgery that the doctor wanted me to have.Β 

Meanwhile, I am staying calm, happy and having positive thoughts… Ommmm … 😎 Β 

With best wishes for good health,

choesf πŸ˜€Β 

P.S. To the newcomers to my blog – the font is in bold and is dark to facilitate reading against the bright lime green background of my blogΒ 


41 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Jade said,

    Hi there!
    I have a similar growth too with normal thyroid function. The doctors have extracted the contents of the growth for tests and thankfully it is ok to leave it be. Operating wld mean cutting off part of the thyroid which might result in life long dependency on thyroid pills… so u may want to consider before going under the knife. May I know what sos diet is?

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    • 2

      Hi there, Jade πŸ˜€

      I am so happy to hear from a person who also has a thyroid growth – thank you so much for your advice! I intend to stay away from surgery because there are a lot of nerves at the neck region and I am worried also about the effect on the thyroid function after the growth is removed. I read that it is often hard to balance the correct dosage of thyroid hormones to take. Sigh….I read that for women past middle age and in menopause, 1 in 5 is likely to have goitre. 😦

      SOS is the abbreviation for Salt, Oil and Sugar – I came across the SOS term while Googling for salt-free, oil-free and sugar-free recipes. I was advised by my Chinese Physician not to consume sugar, oil and salt … so, I try to take them as little as possible.

      Take care and stay healthy!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  2. 3

    george tan said,

    Hi happyhomemaker,

    Sad to hear about your thyroid growth. A few of my friends with hyperthyroidism went under the knife and 1 or 2 of them later have hypothyroidism (too much of the thyroid gland was removed) and need to take medicine for life. So I hope you would think carefully about surgery.

    I used to have hyperthyroidism but it was cured with chinese medicine and reflexology.

    As you are not having hyper- or hypo-, my only advice to you is try rubbing the soles of your feet on the thyroid gland area – below the big toe. You do not have to be accurate, just rub the area below the big toe. Google for reflexology points if you like. If rubbing causes pain, rub a few times a day until the pain goes away and you should be better. If there is no pain, there is no harm massaging your soles. I do that once in a while to check there is no pain on the reflexology points on the soles of my feet.

    Take care.


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    • 4

      Good afternoon, dear George πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for your good advice – I shall do just that πŸ˜‰ – rub the thyroid gland point at the soles of my feet. πŸ’‘

      Take care and stay healthy!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  3. 5

    I found a really good article on reflexology points for thyroid here πŸ’‘ –



  4. 7

    Sheryl said,

    Thank goodness it wasn’t cancer. It sounds like you are doing a lot to take good care of yourself, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you get good news when you go back to the doctor.


    • 8

      Hi there, dear Sheryl πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for your kind and comforting words. Thus far, my neck cyst has reduced in size by 50% and I hope that will be good enough to stick to my decision on not going for surgery when I am due back at the hospital on the 21st of this month. πŸ˜‰

      Take care and have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  5. 11

    Update – 2 months after consuming Traditional Chinese Medicine ===>

    I am very happy to report here that my visit to the hospital today revealed that my thyroglobulin antibodies levels which were sky high 2 months ago have gone down to normal levels….confirming that I don’t need any surgery to remove that benign tumour at my neck. I can also feel that my neck lump has gone down by about 90%. Yippee!

    Meanwhile, my LDL Cholesterol has gone down to 6.4 mmol, compared to 7.0 mmol 2 months ago, while Triglycerides have also gone down quite a bit to borderline high level. My doctor has prescribed me Rotaqor for my cholesterol but I am putting off taking it … I am going back to my Chinese Physician to see if he has any remedy for my elevated cholesterol despite being on a 90% meatless and SOS-free diet. Earlier, he said I have some “blockages” (he didn’t say what type) that is causing my cholesterol to be high. Definitely, it is the liver and not my diet that is the cause.

    I will report back here if I have some good news later! Meanwhile, I am just staring at my new statin drugs! Lol! :p


  6. 12

    More tips on how to lower cholesterol the natural way πŸ’‘ ===>

    Boil 6 green apples with 3 buah kedondong (umbra or ambra?) and drink that once a week. After 3 months, go for a blood test. If one’s cholesterol didn’t go down a lot – then to drink that twice a week instead.


  7. 13

    […] I had stopped taking DE and other natural health remedies since mid July because I had started on a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Programme for my thyroid growth, just in case they may have any contra-indications with the Chinese herbal medicine (I wrote about it HERE.) […]


  8. 14

    Kwee Eng said,

    Hi, which TCM did u went to? Thanks


  9. 16

    helen said,

    thanks for sharing this.

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  10. 17

    helen said,

    How frequent is your visit to the doctor during the treatment? How are you now?


    • 18

      Hi there, Helen

      I feel great now and I am happy that I managed to avoid surgery. My lump has not gone away entirely but it is about 10% of the original size – the Chinese doctor said every time I get too worked up or excited, my neck lump will grow bigger. So, I am trying to keep cool most of the time but it is hard! Lol!

      I now see him about every 2 to 3 weeks.

      Merry Christmas!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  11. 19

    P.S. For the first 2 months of treatment, I was treated weekly by Dr Sia


  12. 20

    h3l3n said,

    I found a lump on my neck too after I delivered my son..quite obvious and not small…
    After scanned by doctor using ultra sound, she said it doesn’t seem like cancerous. I didn’t try biopsy.
    I consulted 2 doctors, and their advices was to remove it, to save me from continually trouble/worry by this.

    I am not too sure what to do and leave it for a year until I saw your posting today…I am thinking of going to see Dr.Sia but I am very afraid to hear bad news..

    Your thyroid cyst, means inside is fluid one?


    • 21

      Hi there, h3l3n

      Yes, mine is called a haemorhagic goiter – it is a cyst or a sac filled with blood. I know of a 10-year old child who had a large lump on the neck but an ultrasound scan showed nothing in the cyst. Her mom took her to see a Chinese Physician in Puchong and she was healed also – he said her neck lump was called an “air sac” or “hei pau” in Cantonese because the girl always held in her anger and stress.

      It is best to try other options before deciding on a surgery to remove your neck lump. There are a lot of nerves at the neck area.

      Go and see Dr Sia to help you. It is better than having to continually have the neck lump problem hanging over your head 24/7. The earlier you go, the better your chances of fast and good recovery.

      Good Luck!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


      • 22

        H3L3N said,

        I called few times today but no one answer. I went there around 11.45am but the shop was closed.. Maybe due to public holiday.. I thought of trying again on Saturday . Normally how u make appointment with the doctor ?


      • 23

        Hi there, H3L3N πŸ˜€

        They are closed on Sundays and on public holidays. Other days, he is there from 12 – 1pm n then from 3 – 5pm. It’s a first come first served process. More details are in my post above.

        Merry Christmas and I hope you will have good news with Dr Sia.

        With best wishes,

        choesf πŸ˜€


  13. 24

    peggy888 said,

    Thank you for your blog. I was really lose when I found out that my neck got a lump (colloid nodule goiter) and still thinking of the surgery that everyone urge me to do saying more healthy etc ….


    • 25

      Hi there, Fat mama πŸ˜€

      Nowadays, doctors are quick to push for surgery for our health problems, but there are many situations where Traditional Chinese Medicine can actually help without surgery, but we need to get a really experienced, reliable Physician.

      Good Luck!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


      • 26

        Fat mama said,

        Thank you so much.

        I really hope the TCM will work on my lump.

        Fat mama

        Liked by 1 person

      • 27

        Linda said,

        Hi Fat Mama

        Thank you for sharing info on TCM.
        Can I ask whether Dr. Sia can treat Hyperthyroid Grave’s Disease?

        Thank you


      • 28

        Hi there, Linda πŸ˜€

        I don’t know, the best is to see Dr Sia and check with him. If he cannot treat any health ailments, he will tell you that he can’t and he will just charge you a nominal consulting fee of RM5 only.

        With best wishes,

        choesf πŸ˜€


    • 29

      You are most welcome, Fat mama , I think you will have a good chance of reducing your goitre with TCM. I have seen a few cases personally already.

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  14. 30

    angelstar said,


    i have a friend with the same thyroid issue as you, can we know which chinese physician you going to??


  15. 36

    Marg said,

    Do you know of good TCM in Sgp? Thanks


    • 37

      No, I am in Kuala Lumpur. 😊


      • 38

        Sharon said,

        Hi dear, im going through the same problem here and im happy i found your blog. unfortunately i cant contact Dr Sia through the given contact number. Is the Clinic is still there or have they changed the contact number. Would really appreciate if you could help me.


      • 39

        Hi there, Sharon πŸ˜€

        Unfortunately, Dr Siah has retired already. 😌

        Perhaps, you can try another TCM doctor? πŸ€” I can’t recommend one because I haven’t found a good replacement for him.

        With best wishes,

        choesf πŸ˜€


  16. 40

    Cat said,

    Can you update your thyroid condition and which tcm your went?


    • 41

      Hi there, Cat πŸ˜€

      My thyroid is alright already – the growth is completely gone now. Unfortunately, that TCM doctor has retired. I would suggest going to Tung Shin Hospital if you are living in the Klang Valley.

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


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