Enter Dr. Chu.
After a week of tummy upset, the time came to consult a medical professional. However, the western hospital (Beijing United) is sooooo far away, so I decided to roll the dice and see Dr. Chu, a highly recommended traditional Chinese doctor. Needless to say, it was the most different medical examination of my life.
To cure my Beijing Belly, Dr. Chu started with cupping, which uses vacuum seals to pull blood to the surface, stimulating the immune system. It was completely painless, except for when a muscle in my lower back seized, and then it was blinding, searing, burning pain until he removed the cup. Oh, and this is the after effect.
We also did acupuncture (yay stomach, knee and ankle needles) and as a last touch, he stuck tiny magnets all over my ears, which I need to squeeze every 20 minutes.
So far, it’s an improvement, not a cure. Fingers crossed it keeps working!