At Hen Sen Herbs in Renton, jars of exotic ingredients from the far east fill the shelves.
"This is Myrrh and this is Dragon's Blood."
No, this isn't an episode of 'Game of Thrones', this is just Juliana Chin Isogai's every day life.
Isogai is a traditional Chinese Herbalist. She's practicing in modern times, but you you could say her approach to healthcare is old school. Like...Ming Dynasty old school.
We asked her to tell us a little about being a Chinese Herbalist.
"It's an ancient way of healing, mostly through experience and using Chinese herbs," she said. "Herbs, roots, leaves, twigs, minerals. Traditional Chinese Medicine has always been used throughout the whole dynasty time for thousands and thousands of years for health care and our practice has been here since the 1950s."
This practice was passed down from Isogai's father, who was the first herbalist of Chinatown in Seattle. Even as a little girl, she was always at his shop.
"My father was well-known for being the herbalist with two kids running around - me and my sister," she said. "So we started at a very young age, back when we were five-years-old we'd run around. But by the time we were older we were there helping out."
Her dad passed his passion for helping others along to her. He's gone now, but she's carrying on his tradition. She says many times, herbs can be the key.
"There's at least 30-40 different herbs in each formulation," Isogai explained. At Hen Sen Herbs they give people instructions on how to brew the herbs into a tea.
But before she can create the right combination of herbs - she has to make a diagnosis.
And the process is a little unusual.
"Each part of our face tells us how the internal is," she explains. "So the eyes represents the liver, the ears represent the kidney, the nose represent the lungs and the lips represent the spleen."
But one of the most important things to read on a person's face? Their tongues.
"I believe the tongue coatings are really important. People lie but tongues don't lie."
Then it was time for me to open up... literally! I'm pretty healthy, but as a working mom with two busy teens, catching enough zzz's is always challenging. I wondered if my tongue would 'tell the tale.'
Sure enough, Isogai called me out on my sugar and yeast intake as soon as she saw my tongue.
"Overload!" said the herbalist.
I got a bit of a 'tongue-lashing' about my eating and sleeping habits.
"Especially when one doesn't sleep well, then naturally when you don't sleep well you stay up a lot you eat more," she continued. "Digestion slows down, so does your metabolism. [You] eat more just to compensate the need for sleep. It's important to go to sleep early so you don't actually feel the hunger."
I couldn't believe she can see that by just looking at one second at my tongue.
"Not only that but under the eyes are very swollen," said Isogai.
Gee - thanks. This no-nonsense herbalist doesn't believe in sweets, or sweet talk.
"Sugar is a condiment you have to keep it as low as possible," she said. "It is not something we should eat on a daily basis."
For Isogai, using traditional Chinese Medicine to help people in modern times makes sense.
"You get to feel what people suffer through and when they feel well, it feels so great."