The journey to parenthood may not always be smooth sailing for couples facing fertility issues. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can work as a complement to IVF and IUI or as an alternative treatment to improve your chances of conceiving.
Confinement can be a particularly stressful period as you have to take care of the baby while your body is recovering from the toils of the delivery process. Find out how TCM can help nourish and restore your body’s balance during this crucial period.
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From the TCM perspective, pain arises due to congestion of Qi and Blood or deficiencies in the body. TCM treatments help to ease the blockage of Qi and Blood, triggering your body’s self-healing ability. Say no to painkillers and find out how TCM pain management treatments can benefit you.
Stroke causes oxygen-deprivation in parts of the brain, resulting in damage to brain cells and affecting abilities controlled by those areas of the brain. TCM treatments help to improve blood circulation and boost oxygen supply to the brain and also helps to dissipate blood clots for faster recovery.
Skin-related issues can be a real nuisance and may affect your confidence in social settings. Skin being the body’s largest and most visible organ, is closely related to the Lung and problems usually arise from various internal imbalances. These imbalances are often due to toxin build up, Lung heat, Stomach heat, heat in the Blood, Blood or Yin deficiency.
If you always feel weak and unwell, but medical reports indicate that you do not have any serious ailments, you may be in a state known as “Sub-health”. TCM treatments are effective in restoring your health to optimal levels by treating the symptoms and fortifying your body on a holistic level.
Need TCM treatment but unable to make it to the clinic? Be it for yourself, an elderly or your unwell child, our physicians can now treat you in the comfort and convenience of your preferred location island-wide.
In TCM, a happy digestion means happy Spleen. You may be eating healthy but without a good digestion system, the rest of your health may be affected.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a happy digestion means happy Spleen. While eating good wholesome food is important, having good digestion is even more important. You may be eating healthy but without a good digestion system, the rest of your health may be affected too. Some signs of indigestion include bloating, belching, foul taste in mouth, poor sleep, lack of energy, skin issues, bowel movement problems or even menstrual issues.
Happy Digestion Comes from Happy Spleen
Imagine a pot resting over a fire. The pot represents the Spleen and the fire is the warmth from the Kidney Yang. This is how Traditional Chinese Medicine views the digestive system. For a healthy digestion and metabolism, we need to keep this digestive fire strong so that food can be broken down and transformed into energy, blood and invigorate organ functions.
Warming Herbs for Digestion
Here are some TCM herbs that you might already have in your pantry. They may not be as ‘fancy’ as the lion mane mushroom, ashwagandha or Reishi mushrooms but these unsung heroes in your kitchen can do wonders for your digestive system.
The herbs that usually help with digestion are warming. They can be spicy, hot and aromatic in flavours. They warm the digestive system, stimulate digestion and tonify the Qi. They also have unique functions which are also mentioned respectively.
5 TCM Pantry Herbs
1. Black Pepper 胡椒
Warm our body and expel cold
Relieve Stomach cold with vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain
2. Fennel Seeds 小茴香
Warm the Liver
Relieve side rib pain, menstrual pain, hernia
Warm the Kidney
Relieve lower back pain
3. Clove 丁香
Warm the Stomach
Relieve vomiting, hiccup, abdominal pain and diarrhoea
Warm the Kidney and assist Yang energy
For weak back and knees as well as excessive clear vaginal discharge from cold in the womb
4. Cinnamon 肉桂
Warm Kidney’s Ming-Men fire (“Life Gate fire”)
Good for those who have aversion to cold, cold limbs, weak back, impotence and frequent urination
Warm and unblock the meridians
Relieve menstrual pain, body aches and pain
Lead the fire back to its source “引火归元” Good for any condition with heat in the upper body and cold in the lower body
5. Fresh Ginger 生姜
Great for firing up the digestive system to treat nausea in particular
Warm up the body to induce sweating to get rid of the cold in the body
Warm up the body to relieve aches and pains
Dried ginger is much hotter and has a stronger effect
These herbs are good for those who are always feeling a little cold, sluggish, lethargic, inclined to have excess phlegm and easily get bloating or indigestion. However, if you have heaty symptoms such as always feeling hot and thirsty, flushed red face, easily get mouth ulcers, have yellow thick phlegm or yellow tongue coating, then it is better to eat less of these herbs. Instead, you can add some cooling herbs such as peppermint, chrysanthemum, elderflower and radish.
In our culture, we are often educated to ignore messages from our body unless it gives us pain. Now is the time to be more aware of our discomforts, eat only what you can digest effectively and take appropriate actions to sustain our gut health.