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Straight Bamboo clinic reopens

 A Unique Blend of Eastern Medicine with a Western Perspective

Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic is open 5 days a week for acupuncture and related treatments.

& Individualised and personal treatment with a focus on holistic health, effective communication

& information for English speakers

& Treatment and assistance designed to help you understand your imbalance and what you can do about it using Chinese medicine dietary therapy, Qigong, positive psychology and daily rhythms

& Acupressure, Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua-sha & Massage

& Lifestyle Consultation - How to gain greater health & happiness using ancient Chinese health knowledge - for people who want to increase health awareness and discover balance through positive interventions.

Clinic locations & times:

The Hutong -

Sunday               9am-6pm

Monday               8am-7pm

Tuesday              8am-6pm

Wednesday         8am-6pm

Thursday             8am-6pm

Price: 250rmb for 60 minute treatment/consultation

Kocoon spa lounge and elixirs@ The Opposite House -

Monday            8am-11am

Tuesday            8am-10am

Wednesday        8am-10am

Thursday           8am-10am

Price: 350rmb for 80 minute treatment/consultation

Note: For any cancellation within 24-hours of an appointment, cancellation fee of 100rmb applies Call or email Alex Tan for appointments and more information: 



Phone: 150 115 103 63

Upcoming Events:

August 11th - FREE talk on how to use Chinese medicine to stay healthy and align yourself with your true destiny

August 18th - Eat Sleep Breathe workshop - Alex's most comprehensive TCM preventative health workshop For 'Metaphysics Walks' that run every other day

Alex Tan has a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been studying and practicing TCM for more than 8 years. Alex has also been practicing Qi Gong for more than fifteen years. With a keen interest in TCM and preventative health practices, Alex traveled to China where he has been living and working for the past five years. He has learnt much about modern theory and clinical TCM in the hospital systems as well as immersing himself in ancient traditions embodied in the lifestyles and culture of the everyday Chinese people. Alex is well aware of the problems associated with modern TCM in the hospital system in China and aims at providing a more holistic and personal style of healthcare focusing on effective communication and information. Alex promotes modern health care approaches where the practitioner and client create a health and wellness partnership. Alex provides ongoing professional assistance using treatments, information and positive interventions giving each of his clients ample time and space, guiding them to choose the best way forward.

Alex believes the true treasures of Chinese medicine lie in its greater focus on holistic health combined with western natural health concepts, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, body work, counseling and lifestyle practices.  The key focus of this approach is not only to assist the healing process through TCM treatment, but also learning how we can live in accordance with nature to avoid illness and disease. The wisdom of the ancient Chinese can greatly assist this understanding of ourselves and our environment, so that we can use this knowledge in a practical way to adapt our lifestyles to be happier, more fulfilled and more productive.

The aim is to help you discover the transformative powers of Eastern Health practices for restoring and maintaining balance, health and happiness.

The point of health is that you get to enjoy the life that you desire and deserve — whether it’s enjoy­ing qual­ity time with your fam­ily, work­ing solidly towards your career ambi­tions, or engag­ing whole heart­edly with your community.

This is about cre­at­ing the best pos­si­ble envi­ron­ment for your life to start click­ing into place.  You’ll find your­self work­ing with life’s chal­lenges more pos­i­tively, ful­fill­ing your true des­tiny, and even­tu­ally leav­ing a mean­ing­ful legacy… this is the human condition.

Alex’s goal is just the same as yours — to get you to the place where you have the vibrancy and energy to be who you want to be, to do what you want to do… To pur­sue your dreams!

Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic @ The Hutong & Kocoon

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Kocoon's Wellness Resource of Beijing

These are places or products from people that I personally know and trust. I have either tried a treatment, or followed classes, recommend friends and they consistently gave positive feedbacks.

Health Center Contact Comments
Chinese Medicine
Alex Tan The Hutong & Kocoon 15011510363 Eastern medicine with Western perspective. Lifestyle consultation, cupping, moxibustion, acupressure, qi gong, educative talks and Yijing
Thomas Avery Chinese Culture 10-64329341 TCM, herbalism, children's care, internal medicine including the treatment of gynecology, as well as digestive, liver, and lung illnesses.
Karen Himlok Ara Nha Holistic Center 18701531685 Homeopath, naturapath, energy therapy. Experience with children with epilepsy. Menopause management. Trauma healing.
Yoga & Live Music Kocoon 10-64105016 Perfect for beginners, in an intimate setting and a small group.
Yoga Yonnie Fung Yonnie is passionate about yoga and teaching, the class is limited to 6, making the session a real learning and inspiring experience.
Yoga Yoga Yard 10-64130774 Big yoga center, conveniently located and perfect for walk-ins.
Yoga Mountain Yoga 13901021322 Yoga in a mountain retreat, close to Fragrant Hills.
Jen & Debbie East Lake Villa's clubhouse 13522993724 Uplifting mix of dance, fitness and martial arts.
Belly Dance      
Sandrine East Lake Villa's clubhouse 13693232347 Belly dancing includes warm up, fitness work out of the whole body, choregraphed movements.
Internal Martial Art      
Master Liu Small Steps Coaching 10-64166125 Practice indoor and in the parc, as well as weekly talks.
Begonia Kocoon 10-64105016 Reiki share every other wesneday, and reiki private sessions, teaching of level 1, 2, and 3.
Life Coaching      
Sandra Certified life coach to guide you through your project, personal development, help you see where you are at, and where you want to go and how!
Kocoon   10-64105016 You are welcome to visit us!
Gyrotonic  Jireh Li Gyrotonic is a movement system that works out every part of your body. It cures once-and-for-all chronic body aches, strengthens muscles, rejuvenates senses, reduces stiffness, stretches, and realigns your spine and boness.
Balance Body Work Regina Rosenthal A healing deep tissue massage technique to release energy blocks in the body and to allow life energy to flow freely and balanced again.

Healthy Sho

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Microcosm of a macrocosm – how to live in accordance with nature

We tried it: Chinese Metaphysics Walk with Alex Tan 

After this incredible Thursday-morning walk with Alex, I was inspired, eager to live life to the full, and simply felt way better.

While walking around the Temple of Earth (地坛公园) and watching Chinese people doing their impressive morning fitness, Alex introduced us to Chinese Metaphysics, Traditional Chinese Medicine and the importance of living in accordance with nature.

‘We are a microcosm of a macrocosm” – The human being is just an inhabitant of the Earth, living among a vast variety of plants and animals. Living between the Earth and the Sky, in the Universe. The question is: How can we live in harmony with this macrocosm? What is the perfect environment to flourish?

First important thing: If we want to live in accordance with nature, we have to live in the rhythm of nature.

"We have the opportunity to maximize the benefits of each organ and channel system and the consequent benefits for health, both physical and emotional. For example, each morning, when the Qi is in the Metal and Earth element, you have a window of opportunity to start shaping your life. Metal is about embracing the new by letting go of old conditioning. Then as the day moves on into Earth energy at 7am, our focus shifts towards creating strength through nourishment and operating as a balanced individual in the ‘here-­and-now’. So, depending on what you do between 5:00 and 9:00am, you can either be passive, or you can take charge and shape the day ahead and your destiny. One of the best ways to do this is to rise with the rising sun, do a body–mind–spirit workout during the Metal element and Large Intestine time (5:00–7:00am) and then have a Qi and Blood building breakfast during the Earth element and Stomach time (7:00-­9:00am)", Alex Tan.

“One who is good at preserving life gets up and goes to bed at a timetable adjusted to different seasons, and maintains a strict regimen in daily life.” 
Sun Simiao 581-­‐682 AD

By living at this rhythm you can do the best out of you and fully enjoy life.

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How to Use Chinese Herbs to Manage Cold & Flu

In July, Kocoon’s Wellness Hub will be bringing people together around health & wellness

"How to Use Chinese Herbs to Manage Cold & Flu

Thursday July 23

Ever wanted to know how to use all those Chinese medicines on the shelf in the local pharmacy? How does herbal medicine work? Why is Chinese herbal medicine different to other forms of herbal medicine? In this introduction to Chinese herbs we will examine a brief history of herbal medicine and the development of herbal theory, tastes, actions and more. From a practical point of view, we learn how to identify common patterns for colds and flu and buy the most suitable patent medicines from the local pharmacy. Alex introduces his Beijing Cold & Flu book that can guide you in this process. Timing: 11:00am - 12:o0pm Venue: Kocoon spa Facilitator: Alex Tan, Chinese medicine therapist and health coach Cover: FREE - Space is limited, book your spot now!

 The Beijing Cold & Flu Book

The Easy to Use Guide of Prepared Chinese Herbal Medicines to Treat Cold & Flu

After 10-years in China as a qualified Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Educator, Alex addresses one of the most common questions he gets in an easy-to-use self guide. That is: What Chinese herbs do I buy when I have a Cold & Flu?

Like the answer to most Chinese questions, including Chinese medicine... it depends! Alex's engineering and modern science background sensed he must be able to create a simple guide for people to be self sufficient in treating such a common condition like cold & flu. He began working on this project back in 2013 and with a skill in understanding and translating ancient health wisdom, then delivering it in a structured modern way - here is the final product. This book gives you the best chance of getting through a cold & flu as quickly and effectively as possible, or even avoiding the cold & flu all together.

Packed full of other information: ingredients; tips and notes on each formula; how to understand Cold & flu from a Chinese Medicine perspective as well as traditional remedies and more

This book is designed with the modern international person in mind. For those of you who are interested in Chinese Medicine and looking for a practical way to better your understanding, this book can be very useful. If you’re currently living in a Chinese city, and are keen to know how you can use Chinese herbal medicine to help you manage one of the most commonly experienced medical conditions - cold and flu - then this book is definitely for you!

 About Alex Tan

Alex Tan has a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been living and working in Beijing since 2005. Many years prior to formal study, Alex’s engineering background and fascination with Western Science at the highest level led him to relational ideas in ancient Eastern philosophy. This connection and realization inspired him to eventually see life and health through the lens of Chinese medicine. Alex’s talent lies in understanding and translating ancient health wisdom, then delivering it in a structured modern way.

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