Thought of as our grandparents’ domain, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is something many of us are unfamiliar with, and even shun. For the longest time, my knowledge of TCM was limited to herbal tea, and I certainly had no desire to find out more. My poor grandma’s well-meaning attempts at getting me to take pi pa gao for coughs were always met with a series of “eww”sand mock-gagging noises.
But come to think of it, if TCM were all that ineffective compared to the Western meds we’re used to receiving at hospitals and polyclinics, it wouldn’t still be in existence. Turns out, there’s more to this age-old practice than meets the eye: