Even the weather
The diagnosis of the client's problem is done through observation of the client's response, attitude, physical expression, and behavior. Chin very seldom touches the person. At the most, he examines the person's tongue.
"The first time I came here, it took him (Chin) about 45 minutes to figure out what kind of herbs I needed," said a regular customer. "He didn't even touch me."
The person's habits, Jue said, must be adjusted to fit his environment. "Too much tropical fruit is bad for you if you live in an area like Seattle where there is a lack of sunshine," he said.
Imbalance in your metabolism?
Western-style cooking is also considered bad for your health because it has too much dry-heated (fried or broiled) food. According to Chinese thought, a great amount of fried or broiled prepared dishes will create and imbalance in one's metabolism.
Jue said, "Chinese herbal prescriptions are much more individualized that Western medicine." As an example, he said two people can come in with cold and get two different prescriptions for herbs because of their difference in skin texture and the way they sniff their noses.
Chinese herbalist always try to find the true source of the ailment. If a person has problems with pimples, they do not just get rid of them but the berbalist must also prescribe herbs for the stomach, which is considered the true source of the problem. The herbs cure and treat at the same time.
There are literally thousands of different herbs. A herbalist may prescribe as little as two types of herbs or as much as 20, depending upon the ailment.
Herbs are consumed by the Chinese in their regular meals and used as preventive medicine as much as it is used for alleviating ailments.
"I eat it all the time," said Jue, smiling. At 71, Jue is very healthy and a very active member of the community.