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Traditional Chinese medicine for growth: Beijing Tong Ren Tang

Have you considered traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for growth? We paid a visit to Beijing Tong Ren Tang TCM clinic for my eldest daughter, Patch who seems to have stopped growing three years ago when she was 12.

She loves to play volleyball, and would want to become really good at it. That’s one of the main reasons why she wants to be taller.

I am not sure if Chinoy parents still commonly practice giving tien chit to their kids at puberty. Tien chit is an herbal medicine that is supposed to help kids attain their optimal height. Well, Hub and I have been letting Patch take tien chit for 2 years now. Unfortunately, we did not see any improvement in her height. As it turns out, we may have been buying a sub-standard ready-made version of the herbal medicine. Worst-case scenario: tien chit doesn’t work.

But we’re not about to give up just yet. Besides, tien chit worked for several of our friends’ kids, and hub’s friends themselves when they were younger. One of Patch’s classmates is taking tien chit, along with acupuncture therapy, and this boy who used to be little is not so little anymore. He grew at least 5 inches taller in a span of just over a year!

Growth factors

I’m aware that there are a lot of other factors that contribute to growth, genetics being the major player. On this account, we may have a good case since Hub and I are of average height.

Nutrition and sleep are also major contributors to growth. I’m pretty sure Patch doesn’t lack good nutrition. But sleep – oh yes she lacks. Scientific studies have proven that growth occurs during deep sleep. So I have a lot of convincing to do for her to get more sleep -about 8.75 hours for her age.

Sleep requirements for children (slide for Johnson’s Baby)

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

The short of the story is that I brought Patch to Tong Ren Tang where the classmate who grew by at least 5 inches goes for treatment. Yep, we’re exhausting all means. Continue reading Traditional Chinese medicine for growth: Beijing Tong Ren Tang

Happy Chinese New Year!

The Lunar  /  Chinese New Year coincided with Valentine’s Day this year.

And because my husband is, above all things, Chinese – no Valentine’s date. *sad face*

But we did celebrate the Chinese New Year the traditional way. New Year’s eve was spent by husband in prayer and offering at the Buddhist temple. The next morning, we went to the Father-in-law for the customary visit, and to pai-pai (offer incense).

Then we had family lunch at a Chinese restaurant. (Eating is always the highlight, hehe)

I wanted to go to Binondo for the real stuff, but husband was not brave enough. So we ended up at the closest real thing –  Banawe Street. Banawe is not just the place for car accessories and car repairs. It’s also the place to go to for authentic Chinese food.

Eating places get pretty crowded there during weekends and most especially during holidays such as the Chinese New Year.

Update, January 4, 2016: In recent years, Banawe Street has been upgraded to become the Chinatown of Quezon City.

We were not expecting to get a table but we pushed our luck at Mandarin Sky Seafood and Shabu Shabu Restaurant – a newly opened restaurant at what used to be Wah Yuen.

Well, if it’s a preview of lucky things to come, then I’m excited for this Year of the Tiger!

Not only did we get a table, but there was also a Dragon Dance and a Lion Dance at Mandarin Sky when we got there. It was a nice treat for the kids (though at first, Nate was crying and clinging to me, deathly scared of the lions and the noise.)
Happy Chinese New Year dragon dance

The red lion lion symbolizes courage, while the green lion friendship.

Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year!