Treating Mind, Body & Spirit: An Interview with Shai Davids

Shai Davids is a Chinese medicine practitioner who specializes in treating orthopedic pain, headaches, gynecological issues and fertility, and attention deficit disorder. He studied Chinese medicine at Seminar HaKibutzim in Tel Aviv and interned at Chengdu University in China, and has also taught at Seminar HaKibutzim. He has worked as a therapist at Clalit, and in addition to treating private patients, he volunteers with addicts and people with special needs. His clinic, Mahat Ruah, is located in Katamon in Jerusalem.

What brought you to this field?
I had an interest in two fields: biology and spirituality. Chinese medicine is a perfect combination of the two; on the one hand, it deals with biological processes, and on the other, it’s based on the premise that the mind, body and spirit are connected and that you can’t treat one without addressing the other.

What kind of issues do you treat?
Many patients come to me with various types of pain: back pain, knee pain, headaches, menstrual problems, etc. I also treat fertility problems as well as anxiety and depression, insomnia, eating disorders, asthma, and other issues. Many of my patients come to me after doctors have told them there’s nothing more they can do or that they can’t find anything wrong. Chinese medicine can sometimes have solutions for conditions conventional medicine is unable to address.

What treatment options do you offer?
Chinese medicine utilizes several modalities, including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na (Chinese medicinal massage), and cupping therapy. The acupuncture method I practice involves few needles—usually 3-5, and they are tiny, disposable needles, much smaller than needles used for injections or blood draws, so you hardly feel them. The goal of all these methods is to identify and treat the root of the problem rather than merely alleviating the symptoms. I select an individual treatment plan based on the initial consultation and examination, and adapt the plan to their specific needs.

What does your diagnostic process involve?
In the initial consultation I observe the person’s appearance, noting any discoloration or pallor; listen to their voice and speech rhythm; ask about the history of their illness and its location in the body, their sleep and eating habits, their moods, digestion, etc.; and then perform a physical examination by taking their pulse, which helps me assess their energy flow.

Mahat Ruah is an alternative medicine clinic offering treatment for various physical conditions that also strengthens and supports natural life energy. Contact Shai at 054-776-3772 or, or his website at

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