This is the shop entrance to Kedai Ubat Cina Kian Yin, or in English – Kian Yin Chinese Medical Hall. Located in the heart of Pudu, it looks just like another traditional Chinese medical shop, but go closer especially on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, you’ll find throngs of people patiently waiting inside the shop waiting for their turns to consult one of Malaysia’s most renowned traditional Chinese medicine practitioner: Dr David Mun.
Who is Dr. David Mun
Dr David Mun is now in his mid-70s. He is slim and gaunt with a full head of hair (albeit grey) that will be the envy of any middle aged executive. He has eyes like a hawk, piercing through you to see what ails you. Yes, you read that right. He doesn’t need to take your hand by the wrist and feel your pulse like other traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. He literally “sees” through you.
I first met him during a dinner hosted for him by my uncle in the early 90s. It was just like any other dinner, except when he started asking does my back hurt. I was surprised and replied the affirmative and mentioned that it was probably due to my frequent mopping of the apartment I was staying in then. He smiled and asked me whether my stomach feels bloated all the time. Indeed, my tummy always feels bloated and I attributed that to bad gastric. He then proceeded to tell me that my kidneys were weak, causing me to feel as if I have backaches and affecting my digestive system. He then asked me to see him at his consultation office (picture above) and I was promptly relieved of the pain.
That cheeky fella is Glen, my youngest son. Aged 11, he suffers from bad asthma. So bad that he sometimes needs to undergo an inhaler therapy at the clinic. Every once in a while he’d be down with a bad cough and flu.
I brought him to see Dr David Mun this morning. Waited nearly an hour for our turn and when we stepped into his room, he asked for Glen’s name and looked at him momentarily with his piercing eyes. Without saying a word he started writing the prescription.
After a few minutes he began lecturing Glen and I. Surprised, huh – that without even telling the good doctor, or without feeling Glen’s pulse – he is able to know what Glen is suffering from! We then left to pick up the medicine and boy – the herbs were pungent and Glen has to endure the usual boiled bitter Chinese medicine for nearly 15 days.
How to prevent asthma
Dr David lectured us on the following:
- NO iced drinks, no ice cream
- NO fried foodstuffs during the treatment period
- NO sleeping in air-conditioned rooms (the cool air affects the respiratory system)
- NO pets in the house (cats and dogs notwithstanding)
- NO eating white coloured vegetables – they are too “cooling”
There are many non-Chinese who consult him, and people even as far as Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan too! He doesn’t charge a fee. He is doing a service for the community and he’ll be happy with an “ang-pow” or Chinese red packet stuffed with bank notes. These monetary gifts will go towards Chinese school funds and other charitable causes. However – you need to pay for the prescription herbs, and mind you – they are not cheap. The cornucopia of herbs Dr David Mun uses are not the normal ones used by other traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.
To me, I personally believe in alternative medicine. Western medicine treats the symptoms, not the cause. And certain “trigger-happy” doctors are more than happy to insist you take antibiotics, which we are aware of the long-term damage it can inflict on our body. Alternative medicine is holistic in nature and Dr. David’s medicines are divided into three categories: CLEANSE, RESTORE and CURE.
KIAN YIN CHINESE MEDICAL HALL DETAILS
Kedau Ubat Kian Yin
30, Jalan Landak
Off Jalan Pudu
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2142 5230 (please call to book your numbers at least 2 days before you go)
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday – 9:30am – 12:30pm
Saturday – 9:30am – 12:30pm (morning session), 2:00pm onwards (afternoon session)