Laughing is currently an impracticality and a pain for me right now. The designated parts fail in the operation of delivering the full sound. I even choke on the air that begins to escape when I start to laugh. And when I do laugh, you might not even get the impression I’m laughing. My students asked me if I was crying the other day, which only made me wheeze more.
I have a sinus infection, the result of a cold that I had for two weeks. Now I still feel like I have a cold, but it’s a sinus infection. AND I’m drinking herbs for it. Allow me to explain.
I don’t go to the doctor in Taiwan. I just don’t. Even though medical insurance is CRAZY cheap here (I got my two lower wisdom teeth pulled – 5USD a tooth), I don’t feel the need to see a doctor as soon as something in my health is knocked off balance. Granted, the Eastern’s society of medicine is much different, but I like to think I can take care of myself.
But then my cold wouldn’t go away, so I asked Dr. Google about it; and he said it could be strep throat, an ear infection, or sinusitis. I seemed to fit the bill for sinusitis, and infections are never fun, so I decide it was finally time.
I called in sick at work. (That was also a first for me. The teaching industry I’m in makes it by nature extremely difficult to get time off.) And this morning I walked over to what I thought was the clinic my friends also visited in their times of sickness. I walked out affirmed in my knowledge that I have an infection and with packets of herbs. I was to take them with water for 5 days, 4 times a day. When my roommate saw my medicine, she knew I had gone to a different place. Not the wrong place, just a different one.
Thus, my first prescription of Chinese herbal medicine.
Earlier this afternoon, I mustered up all my Chinese character-reading ability and utilized the internet to look up the herbs that are in this mixture I’m taking. I successfully found all but one of the herbs listed:
- 牛蒡子 Burdock
- 桔梗 Campanulaceae (I don’t even know how to pronounce that!)
- 板藍根 Banlangen or Isatis tinctoria or commonly known as woad
- 玉女煎 Yu Nu Jian This one was the most difficult to try to pull anything up on because it’s actually an herbal formula, not a single herb. It’s supposed to clear heat from your organs.