A trip to the TCM clinic yesterday set me back by $150 but I treat this as a form of health insurance.
The practitioner is a highly experienced one who started practising TCM since 1967. His schedule is so packed, getting an appointment can be a challenging experience. All day long, he sees patients with ailments like cancer, renal failure or autoimmune disease, yet he is relaxed and cheerful everytime she treats my mum.
He is very youthful for a man in his late 60s. His face is unlined and the skin on his arms is supple like a man half his age. He revealed his secret - green tea extract pills which he has been eating for more than 10 years. It's a powerful antioxidant which plays a crucial role in the body's defense against cancer-causing chemicals and other toxins. Obviously, it keeps his skin smooth and clear too.
Naturally, if it is able to rejuvenate my immune cells and preserve my youth, I am eager to try. I only managed to get an appointment to see him yesterday. Even then, I had to wait for more than an hour before I was called into his consultation room.
From my pulse, he could tell I'm the anxious type. To prevent my blood pressure from shooting up, he advised that I should learn to relax. In other words, don't sweat the small stuff. Yah, we all know that already....Oh, and it is important to go to bed early, before 10pm.
He was pleased to know that I eat healthily and keep myself active and declared I am in the pink of health. When he wrote a prescription for some natural medicine to improve my well-being, I was quite disappointed that he didn't prescribe the much coveted elixir of youth. Maybe he thinks I don't need it yet. But I do want it!
So I cleared my throat and asked, "May I have some of that green tea pill please?"
He looked up, amused. "Why?"
I was embarrassed when I blurted out, "You were extolling the benefits the other day, so I must try it for myself too."
The good news is, I've got it!