Sign for the Natural Health Center Abagail wearing the double stethoscope Dr. Bee Lo demonstrating spooning Warming the glass jar before applying for "cupping" Mr. Wagler tries his hand at the spooning technique Glass jar applied to the skin of the arm for "cupping" Brochures at Dr. Bee Lo's office Glass jar applied to the skin of the arm for "cupping" Supplies at Dr. Bee Lo's office Mr. Wagler tries his hand at the "spooning" technique

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Dr. Bee Lo,
Naturopathic Medicine

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Dr. Bee Lo is a naturopathic doctor. He went to medical school for six years.
–Gabby

He has a degree in medicine, but he is mostly a natural healer. He uses everyday veggies to heal you.
–Emily

Dr. Bee Lo examines Sachin Pandya of the Madison Children's Museum staffHe can tell you what herbs to use. He can also perform iridologies on you (looking at irises to see personalities). He’s also a good chiropractor. All of his medicines are naturopathic. Another thing about Dr. Bee Lo is that is that he is married to a white woman and that is odd in Hmong culture.
–Thomas

Medicines

Next Doctor Lo told us a little about all the medicines.
–Sara K.

One of the medicines that he showed us was ginger root. He said that if you ate it [raw], it would help motion sickness and also helps if a pregnant women is feeling nauseous.
–GabbyGinger

(He said that) …ginger is a strong medicine that Asian cultures use a lot. It helps with allergies and motion sickness.
–Sara K.

Or you can put it on your throat for a sore throat remedy.
–Emily

Ginger is a plant that is formed under the ground and it takes a very long time to form. When it forms it is usually shaped like a human body. It is very spicy and is good for many sicknesses and is very healthy.
–Thomas

Another one is garlic. Garlic is a very strong medicine. It is supposed to help prevent cancer.
–Gabby

Garlic is very good for people to take for high cholesteral. It is also a good mosquito repellant.
–Emily

He also had pills made of garlic that kills germs.
–Sara K.

Shitaki mushrooms really help people who are fighting cancer.
–Emily

He has a pill made of mushroom that helps fight cancer. The pill is used by the Hmong, the Japanese, and the Americans.
–Sara K.

Green onionAnother herb is green onion. It helps with low cholesterol. Also onions can help with sore throats. You can squeeze it and get the juice and drink it if you want.
–Gabby

Green onions work almost as well as the garlic, but not as strong.
–Emily

Onions and green onions, eaten raw...these don’t taste very good either, but they are vegetables and help sore throats, help you stay healthy, and make you strong.
–Maggie

Tomato is another one that can take away cancer and is good for the digestive system.
–Gabby

Dr. Bee Lo holding an aloe plantOne thing he said was that the smell makes the medicine work, so if you cook the medicine, some of the smell comes out and the medicine isn’t as good.
–Sara K.

Bee said that if you put the aloe vera on a sunburn, the sunburn would go away in five minutes.
–Sara K.


Aloe vera comes in a leaf and is a gooey, clear-ish green color. You can eat it, but it is too toxic to eat raw. But it helps heal sunburns, burns, and chapped lips.
–Maggie

He also uses processed natural medicines like gingko and some herbs.
–Thomas

The last medicine he showed us was juice from a gingko tree. It didn’t look that natural because it was in a bottle, but it was. Bee said gingko juice helps with circulation and memory.
–Sara K.

Gingko fruit shouldn’t be eaten raw, as it has a very bitter taste. It relaxes your blood vessels.
–Maggie

Drawings of the cupping process by Emma. Click for larger imageThese medicines are natural, but you have to know how to use them. The medicines in the hospital are different. People who come to Dr. Lo sometimes don’t get better and then have to go to the hospital and get stronger medicines.
–Gabby

Another thing Bee said was that if you go to the doctor and the doctor tells you to take a certain amount of pills and you take more than that, you could die. But if you get some natural medicine from a naturopathic doctor and you take tons of what they give you, you will not die.
–Sara K.

Treatments

Dr. Bee Lo demonstrating cuppingThere are some small things that he does to patients. One is called cupping. You take a glass jar and put some fire in it for about 3 seconds and then take it out and immediately put it on some part of the body. It sucks on and doesn’t come off unless you pull. This is supposed to suck the evils spirits out of your body. If you leave it on too long, you skin will turn dark purple.
–Gabby

This [cupping] requires a cup, cotton balls, alcohol, a candle, and some scissors or something. You put a little alcohol on a cotton ball to help it set alight, light it with the candle, all the while holding it with the scissors and put the cotton momentarily in the cup to warm up the inside. Then you quickly put the cup on a hurting spot. It will suck up the skin part way into the cup. It is supposed to take away pain.
–MaggieDr. Bee Lo demonstrating cupping

Drawings of the cupping process by Sarah M. Click for larger imageAnother treatment is called spooning. That is when you take a spoon and put something called monkey balm on it. Monkey balm is a kind of cream. Then you start rubbing the spoon on your skin until your skin gets all red. Other people use coins, but that hurts more.
–Gabby

This (spooning) requires a spoon, something like monkey balm medicine paste, and a sore place. You rub the monkey balm on the sore place with the spoon. After a couple minutes, it starts to get red, but it is supposed to take the pain away.
–Maggie

The monkey balm feels cold, but hot at the same time.
–Sara K.

Dr. Lo could look into somebody’s eyes and tell what kind of person you are. Like if you were shy, or if you talked a lot or talked little, even if you would be a leader when you grow up.
–Gabby
The two-person stethoscope
Martha and I put on a two-person stethoscope and heard each others’ heartbeats. Bee had made the stethoscope because he thought kids would want to hear their heart beat.
–Sara K.

Lynette Lo provides a tour of Dr. Lo's examination room …I went on a tour to see what Bee’s office looked like. Bee’s wife (who is not Hmong) was leading it. First she took us to the room where Bee massages people. In the middle of it there was a massage table and off to the side there were cupboards with pill medicine in them. Next Bee’s wife showed us Bee’s office. Bee talks to his patients there to see exactly what is wrong with them. In the office there was a desk and a cupboard. On the cupboard were some trophies and on the desk there were some business cards and flowers. He told us the Hmong used everything he showed us. It was so fun watching Bee show and talk about naturopathic medicines. I hope if I get sick I can use them some time.
–Sara K.

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