Sinshe Haw, a 57-year-old sinshe from Pancoran West, Jakarta, can diagnose a patient’s health troubles merely by examining the mouth, pupils and pulse.
A Chinese term, sinshe refers to practitioners of traditional Chinese methods of medication similar to the Arabic thobib.
Sinshe Haw explained sinshe methods through the analogy of a watermelon.
“A modern doctor diagnosing patients is like dissecting a watermelon, I just look at the color of the skin and give it a soft tap to determine the quality of the contents,” he said.
Hans Nicholas Jong has the story.