Blogger Caddy Luck Leedy from That Travel Lady In Her Shoes has a challenge called Just One Person from Around the World. In it we are invited to profile one person met during our travels. It’s a great concept. Many times, it’s the people that I meet that make my trip memorable.
Like the acupuncturist I met in a hill top village in rural Chiang Mai.
We were visiting the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand when our guide Pat twisted his ankle. Most of the villages were built on rocky hillsides and by the second day Pat’s ankle was painfully swollen. Nonetheless, he was determined to take us around, both to the government sponsored villages as well as private households. In particular, there was one home that he was keen to visit.
It was the home of the local acupuncturist. While Pat carefully eased himself down on the porch bench, the gentleman retrieved a dusty old biscuit tin. Inside were needles, wrappers and a butane lighter. With great precision he tapped the needles into Pat’s ankle.
When it comes to medicine, I am a firm believer in Western style treatments with its science based, hyper-hygienic and pharmaceutical blasting techniques. As I watched the acupuncturist, I tried to not think about the dusty surroundings and non-sterile needles.
All the same, in this part of Thailand there was very little available in terms of proper health care. In all the villages that we saw, not one was big enough for a health clinic. Having access to a local TCM practitioner must have been a godsend for those having no medical access at all.
And the treatment worked. Pat declared his ankle feeling much better and he completed the tour in relative comfort.
I hope you enjoyed this snapshot of a person from another part of the world. Every Wednesday Caddy updates her website with Just One Person stories posted by her and other contributors. They are fun to read. You can check them out here.