Monthly Archives: December 2009

Health updates: treating with Chinese medicine

I HATE blogging in China because I can’t open 90% of blogs that I’m subscribed so I can’t tell you Merry Chrstmas “in person”. 😦

I LOVE being in Shanghai!!! I don’t think about research because I’m soooo busy being happy! 😀

It has been a week since I arrived and I was busy doing these:

  • meeting with relatives and friends
  • doing shopping
  • sleeping 9-10 hours a day 😆
  • dentist 👿
  • chinese medicine treatment

I mentioned in the last post that I have some health issues to update: I went to a Traditional Chinese Medicine based wellness centre. The essence of traditional Chinese healing is to see the body as a harmonious whole. Health is achieved by maintaining the body in a delicate balance of Yin and Yang, which are mutually dependent opposites. Yin is the dark side of the mountain, cool, passive and still. Yang is the bright side of the mountain, warm, active and open. The body’s harmony is also based on the interplay of five elemental forces represented by earth, metal, water, wood and fire. Each of these elements corresponds to an internal organ as well as emotions, tastes, colours and sounds. When a correct balance of forces exists, Qi, the essential life force, flows smoothly through Meridians connecting the organ systems.

The doctor took pulse in several points of my body and concluded that I’m over-stressed and over-used my body. The body as whole is tired, like an old machine, needs time to repair, several functions are not working properly. For example my appetite is not good, I don’t get hungry and whenever I eat, it takes long time to digest and feel hungry again; I feel exhaustion more often than before; my period is irregular, etc. According to chinese medicine, each of them is symptoms of the whole body malfunctioning, not the problem itself.

How to treat it? Meridian system and herbs. The meridian systems are used in most Chinese medicine as points that will help to heal. They are most often used in acupuncture and massage. These particular points, when measured scientifically, are known to be like pressure points that affect other parts of the human system. Currently, Western science does not recognize the existence of discrete “energy vessels” in the body that are analogous to blood vessels; but to the Chinese the meridians that carry Qi are actual anatomical structures that can be palpated and treated. The function of meridians is to transport Qi and Blood, connect the internal organs, and provide pathways between the inside and outside of the body.

Through the meridians, every part of the body is connected to the whole: the internal organs communicate between themselves and have access to the surface of the body; the skin, muscles, and extremities have networks of secondary meridians that circulate energy on the surface and also tap into deeper levels. Each principal meridian is associated with a group of symptoms that appear when the meridian is not functioning properly. For example, cough, dyspnea, asthma, sore throat, and a feeling of fullness in the chest are associated with Lung meridian dysfunction.

The meridian system is used in several ways in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Sometimes the problem is with the meridian itself, as in the case of simple tendonitis, muscle strain, or an atrophied area of tissue. These are generally viewed as local problems, and are treated locally to the injury. In other cases, the problem is an imbalance or disease of an internal organ, and the meridian system is utilized as an avenue to the seat of the problem. For example, a digestive problem would be treated by using acupuncture points along the Spleen and Stomach meridians, since these meridians connect directly to “their” organs.

I found this fascinating and I’m learning a lot! I’ll talk more about it if you find it interesting too! 😉


Unfortunately I can’t upload dancing noodles video ( is blocked), but I do have some pictures 😉

We went to hot-pot restaurant. Several snacks are offered.



whole grain soy milk (soy beans, black beans and sesame seeds)


aduki bean porridge


there is a hole in the table to put a big pot with fire underneath


the hot pot with stock made with meat, fish and some veggies


more snacks: peanuts, seaweed and sugar cane.


a variety of sauce


I made mine with soy sauce, chili sauce, sesame oil, fermented tofu and green leeks.


we add different kind of veggies and meat to the hot pot 😉 It’s a fun meal to share with friends and family!


At home we eat this kind of food: soup of duck feet with taros


bok choy with mushrooms


chinese leek with smoked tofu



My mom and I happily meeting friends! 😀


Star arrives this afternoon and we’ll going to celebrate my birthday with family! 😀 Stay tune for the recap!

Merry Christmas to YOU and Happy Birthday to ME! 😆



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Ops…. I have more from Germany

hello there!~~ Ready for Christmas? I bet everyone is super busy preparing everything! Sorry for being MIA lately! I’ve been busy here in Shanghai. More about that later! 😉 I just uploaded pictures from my camera and realized that I have some more yummy food pictures from Germany, so here they come! I promise, this is the last one from Germany, the next post will be about Shanghai, how about “dancing noodles” video? 😉


Side salad with beautiful veggies


Side gnocchis


Main entree: slow cooked deer with cranberries jam. Real delish! So tender and tasty! 😆


my whole meal


Mara’s vegetable strudel and salad.


We shared a plate of assorted dessert.


Clementine sauce, star fruit


Lebkuchen strudel, chocolate mousse


tiramisu ice cream


glue wine with fresh apples


For afternoon tea, Mara and I went to aran and we shared a clementine cake



Dinner before I left was in a wine tasting place (Mara and Gunther’s favorite bar)


pretty cool place 😉


Amazing bread (I had half of the basket)


cheese plate


an appetizer plate filled with homemade ham, olives and marinated peppers.


everything was delicious! Once again, I really enjoyed the ham! 😳


Picture #1 from Shanghai! 😉 yes! I’ve been busy BEAUTIFYING!


I have some health updates. I will try to write about it before my birthday (12/25).

Want to know my latest food obsession in shanghai? CORNS!!! 😀

Q: What’s your latest food obsession?


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Germany day 7 & 8: fair market and saying goodbye

Last two days in Germany with Mara and Gunther were quite relaxing. We went to Munich for some walking and an international fair market with food, music and handicrafts. Although it was very cold, Mara and I were freezed, I enjoyed everything! 😀

This 8 days 7 nights trip in Germany was AMAZING! It was great visiting Munich, Erding, Italy and Austria, but what I enjoyed most was reuniting with Mara and meeting her husband Gunther. Spending time with my BFF was NECESSARY for me, for Mara and for our relationship. I am lucky to have my family and Star to be my support group, but being with Mara gave me another shot of energy and positivism! I don’t know how to describe exactly how I feel, it’s like there’s part of me that was missing, a true friend, a female soul mate, a person who I can trust 100%, who I can count whenever I need for whatever I need. It’s just soooo wonderful!!! 😀 I promise myself to do whatever it takes to maintain this friendship which is so precious, it might involve more emailing, more calling and more trips! Wooo….. such a sacrifice! 😉

Enjoy last few pictures of Germany 🙂

International fair market


First food to try was a pizza type bread topped with bacon



#2 bavarian sausage


I’ve never had white sausage, so we had white sausage with krauts


#3 the best italian pizza I’ve had in many years



I devoured this little thing in <10 min! 😉 Its crust is thin and crunchy, not greasy at all and the topping incredible tasty! I wish I had more of it!


#4 potato cakes (a traditional bavarian food)


served with apple mousse


real delish too! 🙂



#6 Another typical bread topped with bacon



This is a cafe that we went and I like its decor a lot

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I ordered a ham sandwich! 😯 I don’t know how I converted to a meat eater in just a week. It was an unconscious conversion and I happily accepted the fact! 😉


And then we had to say goodbye. It was not a sad goodbye because we (Mara and I) feel closer to each other with this trip and it made us value even more our friendship! 😀

Q1: How do you keep up with you BFF? How often do you see each other?

Q2: What did you buy as Christmas gifts to your family?


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