Chinese Herbal Medicine - update
Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
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It was really bad timing, but a day or so later he started getting sick and wasn't sure if it was the herbs he was drinking or if he had caught a bug - either way, he couldn't face drinking the herbs, and it led to a return of his uncomfortable situation. It turned out to be a bug - but for some reason, the second session of acupuncture\cups\massage and another week of herbs didn't really seem to change anything.
John has been having one session a week since the first one and for the next few weeks we were looking for any signs of improvement, but in truth we couldn't really find any. The modern medicine steroid cream that John uses, does take the redness and itching away, albeit temporarily, so he resorted to using it again - particularly over the festive season because it came back on his face worse than ever and he didn't really want to go out socialising like it.
Before returning to the herbalist after the festive break I suggested to John that he stop using his cream, otherwise it would give the doc a false impression of the progress made, so he did this and when he returned the herbalist was more than surprised and a little put out to see the condition of Johns skin - he asked John a whole set of questions (through the translator) and John finally admitted to him that he had been using the cream he had before he went to see him as well in order to keep the redness and itching away.
This was last week and during the session following his admission of using the cream the doc used far bigger needles on him, which he dug deeper into the skin and gave him a massage - and the word massage can only be used in the loosest possible sense of the word because it was a serious roughing up which left him sore for a couple of days; he also changed the herbs that John has to boil up and drink on a daily basis.
The next day, we looked for signs of improvement and we were sure that we could notice a small improvement, but weren't totally convinced - but by the following day the itching had stopped and some of the redness started to disappear and by the day after that all but a few patches of red had gone. Today, I can honestly say that I don't think I've ever seen Johns skin looking so good, there is barely a trace of anything, even the really stubborn patches that don't go when he used his cream are going - so, for now at least, it seems to be working. He's now half way through the agreed treatment process and we're just hoping that it continues to progress in this manor - once again, only time will tell!!
As far as travel goes, my next trip is to Malta in February. I've been sent a couple of free tickets to a travel show in a few weeks time, so that'll be chance for more inspiration and ideas.
It was minus 4 outside this morning - which is pretty cold by southern England standards for daytime. We've been to the local farm shop to stock up on potatoes and veg and a boot full of logs, and as John has a university assignment to complete, which will take the best part of the weekend to do, I've built up a roaring log fire, I've got a few good travel books to look at and in a minute I'm going to boil up some milk and make a big mug of hot chocolate - so that's it for me today, I'm staying in front of this warm, cosy, crackling fire.