For the second time that day, I fell to my knees, but this time I was not asking a heartless barefoot doctor for help.
When she returned with a barefoot doctor in tow, I cried out in relief.
Although alternative medical systems were not deeply discussed, despite the centrality of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China's Barefoot Doctors program, the need for working with traditional healers, such as shamans and midwives, in developing countries, was emphasised.
Although China was chosen due to the integrative nature of its healthcare system, it may equally likely have been selected as the home of the barefoot doctors, due to the strong inspiration this provided to the authors of the PHC movement.
a retired neurologist, and Jan Jones, a registered nurse, of Eugene have served as deans of the Barefoot Doctors
of Burma School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, since 1997.
But long before these celebrity endorsements Stephen Russell, or Barefoot Doctor as he is known, was on a mission to bring natural healing into mainstream popular culture.
Barefoot Doctor has been a spiritual guide and healer for over two decades and this week is bringing his unique brand of "spiritual stand-up" to Liverpool.
Something of a celebrity, Barefoot Doctor has appeared on The Big Breakfast and had his own series on BBC Style.
The Barefoot Doctor first became interested in healing when he was 11.
Now aged 47, Barefoot Doctor says he wants to teach people to heal themselves, his website offers online healing and he is constantly looking for new ways to reach the masses.
I took the name Barefoot Doctor because although I do work barefoot I am trained beyond that level.
The Barefoot Doctor will be dispensing his medicine at Boots in Clayton Square on Thursday, February 28.