I still haven't been at the doctors, but I think it's a muscular pain as I don't have any spine nor back problems running in my family.
|Signs for traditional Eastern medical practice|
A few days ago, which was again on Saturday, a week after my first outburst of pain, my neck and back started to hurt badly again. I was in tears and I needed help urgently. The doctors are closed, A&E should probably be left for more urgent cases, so the only thing that came to my mind was a little Chinese medical centre on the high street. There are a few of them.
I rang the doorbell of a tiny Chinese medical practice. A nice English woman opened the door for me and signed me up for an acupuncture session on Monday morning. Great, but I am in pain. I want the acupuncture now or at least today or tomorrow, not on Monday! So, I am going to the other Eastern medicine centre which is also not too far away.
Six tell-tale signs that a little Chinese Medical Practice is a whore house
- I get in to the second Chinese medical practice and I say that I want acupuncture as I am in pain. The Chinese receptionist looks totally perplexed. She asks if I want some massage and looks totally confused when I say that I have a back pain and I want acupuncture. She offers me some massage, but she is not convincing and seems to have no idea about the fact that acupuncture can treat pain, so the girl whose English is quite limited rings her boss and talks to her in Chinese. Then she says that she can book a doctor for the next day. Asks for a deposit.
- Slowly I start noticing all the details. I see a hand-written sign that 'Viagra is available for sale here'.
- The next sign tells something like that: 'Please don't use the back door as CCTV has been installed there'.
- The menu does not consist of illnesses and problems that doctors normally help in solving, but it is a price list for a four-hands massage and equivalent things. Forget acupuncture even though 'Acupuncture' is written on the window and is clearly advertised from the outside.
- Another lady, a middle-aged Chinese woman who is obviously part of the staff, is wondering around having nothing to do, but she is not able to perform acupuncture nor treat my back pain in the usual way typical to traditional eastern medical practice. She wears make-up and obviously thinks she looks sexy.
- The opening hours of the place are 9am-9pm seven days a week, but there is no doctor.
How to know if it's a 'real' Chinese medical practice?
The confusing signs
- The real doctors medical practice is tiny with the reception area of a toilet size, so the Chinese whore house looks more like the 'real' place.
- There is a bell on the real medical practice door, but there is no bell on the whore house door. I would expect the dodgy practice to have a door bell.
Have you had similar experience? Have you ever used traditional Eastern medicine to treat any of your illnesses or problems?