My Experience at a Chinese Medicine Clinic In Beijing

September 23, 2017

Visit to TCM Clinic in Beijing

During my one week in China, I had the privilege to experience traditional Chinese Medicine. I visited a well-known Chinese medicine clinic in Beijing, where I learned many interesting things about acupuncture and alternative treatments. The clinic I went to is one of the most famous acupuncture clinics in Beijing and also has a branch in Melbourne and New York. This clinic has a separate wing for foreigners where they receive VIP treatment for insomnia, joint pain, weight loss, acne, erectile disfunction, fertility, migranes, depression, allergies and other health issues modern medicine does not necessarily have a cure for.

The Beijing Dacheng TCM Acupuncture Clinic

2 Floor Qingqing Plaza,
No. 1 Building, No 39 Yunada Road, Haidian District, Beijing
email: dingwenjing@chengs.cn

Visiting a Chinese Medicine Clinic in Beijing

Visiting a Chinese Medicine Clinic in Beijing

Background of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Chinese medicine is built on a foundation of more than 2500 years of medical practice. Acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong) herbs and teas are used to treat health issues. By now, TCM has invaded the Western World. It has become overly popular in Europe and North America in the last decade. TCM looks at the body as a whole and aims to find disharmony between the organs.

A Visit to a Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic in Beijing

A Visit to a Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic in Beijing

My First Visit

After entering the hospital, we visited a small museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Here I saw needles that were used about 1000 years ago to do acupuncture. Saw photos about different kind of TCM treatments. The tools were under a glass cupboard. It was fascinating to walk through the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Museum of a Chinese Medicine Clinic in Beijing

Museum of a Chinese Medicine Clinic in Beijing

Museum of a Chinese Medicine Clinic in Beijing

Museum of a Chinese Medicine Clinic in Beijing

Chinese Herbs at the Chinese Medicine Museum

Chinese Herbs at the Chinese Medicine Museum

Check-Up

Meeting with a traditional Chinese doctor was a very eye-opening experience. I have learned that these doctors study western and traditional medicine for 8 years. They are highly trained in both fields. I have met a friendly female doctor at the clinic. She had a translator, who helped us communicating. She listened to my symptoms checked my pulse and examined my tongue. She asked some questions related to my lifestyle, my exercise habits, and my diet.

Consultation with a Chinese Doctor

Consultation with a Chinese Doctor

TMT Screening

Thermal Methabolic Examination is a new test that has been recently introduced at the clinic. I was asked to get naked in a cabin, and they x-rayed my whole body with a machine that senses the temperature of the organs and highlights abnormalities within the body. Based on the colors, the doctors can detect problems at an early stage, before symptoms can even occur.  After the screening, a specialist went through the issues she noticed in my body. She mentioned things like cold feet, which is a sign of low blood pressure and declining eye-sight (It must be from staring at the computer screen while blogging). Also, the doctor mentioned that a few organs were red, which is a sign of inflammation. I was amazed to see the colors of my inner body.

Thermal Metabolic Examination

Thermal Metabolic Examination

Foot Bath

After the TMT exam, they asked me to change for a white Chinese outfit to begin the treatment. The assistant arrived with a large bucket of hot water full of herbs. The water was steaming, and it was dark from all the herbs inside such as saffron flower, Chinese oriental pepper. The water was super-hot, and I could hardly put my foot inside. I kept my feet in this relaxing herbal foot bath for about 20 minutes. It was great to wind down and enjoy the bath. When I took my foot out, they were red from the hot water.

Herbal Footbath at the Chinese Medicine Clinic

Herbal Footbath at the Chinese Medicine Clinic

Acupuncture

I laid down on the bed, and the acupuncture started. I had four small needles in my ankles and my hands for 15 minutes. They put a device on my ear to generate electronic shocks on various points.

Acupuncture at a Chinese Medicine Clinic

Acupuncture at a Chinese Medicine Clinic

They striped a few moksas on my leg and my body, and they were burning them to make the acupuncture more effective.

Moksas Burning While Getting Acupuncture

Moksas Burning While Getting Acupuncture

The acupuncture was not painful at all. The doctor was massaging my head, while the needles were working. I enjoyed the treatment very much.

Acupressure by a Doctor

Acupressure by a Doctor

End of the Session

After the acupuncture session, we had a short conversation with the doctor. She gave me some useful lifestyle tips. She stuck some seeds on some acupuncture points on my ear. She told me to keep pressing them for the next couple of days. After we ended the session, she took me to the in-house pharmacy and gave me herb teas and herbs to make a foot bath at home. The interesting thing about Chinese pharmacies is that it has piles of superfoods and herbs as opposed to drugs.

Chinese Herbs at the Chinese Pharmacy

Chinese Herbs at the Chinese Pharmacy

Overall I enjoyed my experience at the Chinese hospital. It was a fascinating experience, which I would love to repeat when I return to London.

Second Visit

I returned once again in the same week to the hospital, and I received the same treatment. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I wished I could have returned again. The staff was very attentive and kind. I can only recommend all of you trying Traditional Chinese Medicine on your next visit to Beijing to find a cure for your medical issues. These are herb based, alternative treatments, so there are absolutely no side effects.

I collaborated with Ctrip, Juicertrip and The Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development Board to make this trip happen. The above is an honest review of my experience, and I will only recommend things to my readers that I genuinely enjoyed.

 

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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

  • Karla Ramos

    I’ve always heard about the beauty and medicinal wonders acupuncture can bring but have always been scared of the thought to try it out. But after reading through your post, I might consider doing it sgaub, have a chronic back pain and I think this might just do the trick. Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • Barb

      Yes, lots of people use acupuncture to get rid of such a pain. You should definitely test to see if it is working for you.

  • Chinese medicine is fascinating, and the fact that the doctors are trained in both Western and traditional medicine is good to know. As much as I hear about Chinese medicine, I haven’t had it done on myself, but I’d love to. I suffer from chronic migraines and Western medicine hasn’t help any, honestly. Perhaps Chinese medicine could work? Great article 🙂

    • Barb

      Yes, I would give it a shot if I were you.

  • megan_claire

    Chinese medicine has to be one of the oldest traditions of medicine in the world right? It’s definitely becoming more and more sought after in the Western world – I hear about it a lot here in Australia, so what a privilege to experience traditional Chinese Medicine at a clinic in Beijing.

    Great to hear that the doctors train in both Chinese and Western medicine – benefit from the knowledge of both worlds. I would love to try acupuncture – it’s not something I’ve done before, but something I’ve heard and seen (in films) a lot about. Definitely a testament to these treatments if you returned for a second time!

    • Barb

      Yes, I enjoyed it very much! I think it s worth giving it a try.

  • Glimpses of The World

    Oh, this sounds so interesting! I’m amazed by Chinese alternative treatments and medicine. It must have been one great experience to visit and have a check up. Envious! 🙂

    • Barb

      Yes, it was great, I could only recommend this to other people too. Very interesting experience.

  • Anna Johnston

    What an incredible experience, I have been raised to look at alternative medicine before loading my body up with drugs that often mask disease, where as Chinese medicine seems to be about preventative healing. It is interesting to see the different colours in your body, I would very much like to visit.

    • Barb

      I think your parents were very smart to teach you that. I think that s where the world is heading. Chinese medicine is an interesting science. Definitely worth a shot.

  • Si

    Argh… acupuncture pics… haha, apart from that, this is very interesting – if you don’t mind me asking, did you visit with any particular symptoms or ailments? And more importantly, did the TCM cure them?

    • Barb

      I have insomnia sometimes and menstrual cramps. I think I need to see a chinese doctor at least 4-5 times to see results, so I should continue here in London, but I didnt do more sessions.

  • Katelyn Brin Bossany

    I’ve always wanted to try acupuncture, but have been afraid of it. So I’m so glad to hear that it doesn’t hurt. This is so fascinating to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine. What a cool learning experience!

    • Barb

      Yes, I was a bit scared first too, but then I realized it wasnt so bad at all.

  • Julie Scott Thorne

    I’m very intrigued by this…I’d love to check this out but I’d definitely be a little nervous I think! I love that they treat you with superfoods instead of medicine. Thanks for sharing this…definitely makes me more inclined to give it a try.

    • Barb

      Yes, I was a bit nervous too, but I had a very good experience in the end. I can only recommend it.

  • Interesting experience, very different and a good cultural deep dive. Useful to know the doctors are also trained in “regular” medicine so they understand both worlds.

    I haven’t tried acupuncture but would definitely do it.

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • Barb

      Yes, it is an interesting experience. I would totally recommend it.

  • I tried something similiar having attended a number of ayurveda retreats there. it is astonishing how different it is and yet how effective I found it.

    • Barb

      Oh, that must have been an amazing experience too! I would love to try ayurveda!

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