Life in Taiwan is different. It’s not just the tropical air mixed with the exhaust of innumerable scooters and sweat of 26 million people that live in a space about the size of western Washington. It’s more than the watercourse rules of traffic, where lines in the road are simply suggestions, and fours lanes of traffic is compressed into two.
Walk down any motorcycle encrusted sidewalk, weave between the vendors with quick roll up blankets full of clothes, or tables of alarm clocks, watches, cheap girly jewelry and t-shirts with senseless English. The uneven walkways bump up and down like a 3 year old drawing outside the lines, and everywhere are silver carts full of food. There is not a single square centimeter that does not burst forth commerce. Everywhere it is a kaleidoscope of exchange.
Unlike American streets that are often empty, or owned by the addicted and disenfranchised, Taiwanese streets are a colorful thoroughfare in the flow of life. Anything you might need is usually within a five minute walk. Including healthcare. Dentists, doctors, acupuncturists, herbalists. They all have an open door to the street. Walk in, take a number, gossip with the others waiting their turn, the doctor will be with you in a moment.
You can’t get a doctor’s appointment in Taiwan. They don’t exist. But, you can see a doctor. See one the same day you have that chill that threatens to become a cold. See one the same morning that you woke up with that crick in the neck. Or the same afternoon that your stomach started to act up.
In Taiwan there is a thin line between commerce and community. Tea in the local antique shop is not so much to make customers feel welcome, as it is to daily affirm the threads of connection.
Yong Kang Clinic shares that spirit. We are here not just to be your local resource for health and natural healing. We are here to be the place to “go to” for information, suggestions, and help when you most need it. Think of us first, when you think “I need to do something about this…”
And, of course, the tea kettle is always bubbling with hot water.