The journey to parenthood may not always be smooth sailing for couples facing fertility issues. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can complement IVF and IUI treatments or serve as an alternative approach 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.
Thomson Chinese Medicine is a TCM clinic in Singapore that offers gentle, holistic paediatric massage therapy for children between 6 months and 12 years old. Our treatments, combined with herbal packs for external use, aim to improve your children’s he …
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, there are nine body subtypes, each reflecting a different state of health. Read on to understand how to enhance the health of each subtype or body constitution.
What is Thomson Chinese Medicine Body Constitution (TCMBC)?
Traditional Chinese Medicine Body Constitution (TCMBC or 体质) reflects our unique physical, physiological and psychological functions. It stems from our parents’ prenatal essence and the postnatal essence we acquire in life. TCMBC is influenced by our physical traits, psychological character, emotional status, lifestyle habits, diet and living environment. These nine subtypes of TCMBC are unique in their own ways. Understanding your body constitution and adopting the relevant lifestyle changes can help you achieve optimal health and prevent diseases.
1. Balanced – Reflects optimal health
Characteristics: Toned body, radiant skin, thick, shiny hair, good stamina and appetite, has regular bowel movements and adapts well to different surroundings and climate changes.
Enhance your health: Eat in moderation, do not overindulge in cold or very hot food; consume more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and less greasy and spicy food. Engage in exercises such as jogging, brisk walking, tai chi and ball games.
2. Dampness-heat – Acne-prone
Characteristics: Oily face, frequent acne breakouts, constant thirst and bitter taste in mouth, sense of heaviness in the body, difficult, sticky bowel movement, leukorrhea (white vaginal discharge). Easily agitated and not adaptable to hot and humid climates.
Enhance your health: Do activities that regulate the flow of qi in the liver and gall bladder organ systems, which will clear heat and dampness in the body. Consume food that is sweet and cooling or balanced, e.g. green beans, water spinach, celery, cucumber, winter melon, watermelon, lotus root, and light food like barley and red bean porridge. Avoid smoking or drinking, and late nights.
3. Qi deficiency – Easily exhausted with poor immunity
Characteristics: Soft-spoken, easily out of breath and tends to be quiet. This individual is prone to exhaustion and colds. Some are introverts who are risk-averse, do not adapt well to sudden climate changes, and are predisposed to conditions like organ prolapse.
Enhance your health: Nourish the qi and strengthen the spleen organ system. Foods that are good include glutinous rice, sweet potato, barley, mushroom, dates, honey, chicken and beef. Avoid overexertion that could disrupt the qi; engage in gentle exercises like brisk walking and tai chi.
4. Yin deficiency – Feels warm and hot
Characteristics: Dry mouth and throat, warm, feverish palms and soles, skinny appearance, always thirsty and prefers cold drinks, dislikes hot and humid climates. These individuals can be more impatient extroverts with bubbly personalities.
Enhance your health: Consume sweet and cooling food which hydrates the body. Eat more duck, sea cucumber, snow pear, white and black fungus, Chinese wolfberry and fish. Fresh lotus root is good for women who suffer from a yin deficiency. Afternoon naps are encouraged. Avoid excessive sweating when exercising, and stay hydrated.
5. Phlegm dampness – The Marshmallow
Characteristics: Overweight, with dull facial complexion, often experiences stickiness in the mouth and heaviness in the limbs, tends to indulge in greasy food as well as alcohol. These individuals are typically mild-mannered and patient, and are averse to damp environments.
Enhance your health: Consume food and engage in activities that help improve the spleen and stomach organ systems. Eat more corn, millet, barley, oats, soybean, red bean, tofu, sea cucumber, prawns, Japanese rhizome (huai shan), radish, celery and apples. Consume less fatty meat, and sweet and oily food. Maintain a good mood and avoid emotional disturbances.
6. Qi stagnation – Moodiness
Characteristics: Thin and frail looking, tendency to overthink and feel unhappy, and worries too much. This individual is typically an introvert who often feels depressed, sighs frequently and is unable to let go of the past. They adapt poorly to mental stimulation, dislike rainy and gloomy weather and are prone to conditions like hysteria and globus hysteriocus (lumpy sensation in the throat with no visible physical changes). Physically, they also tend to be bloated at the sides and belly.
Enhance your health: As moodiness is closely related to the liver organ system in TCM, try to disperse the liver and improve qi flow. Don’t be isolated, join more social activities and practise lifelong learning. Diet-wise, eat more millet, kelp, seaweed, radish, kumquat, pomelo, kiwi, hawthorn berry and deep-sea fish.
Characteristics: Dull and dark skin, dark lips, dark undereye rings, frequent pigmentation, bruises easily, engorged veins beneath the tongue. Easily agitated, forgetful, cannot endure cold environments, and susceptible to lumps in the body and circulatory conditions.
Enhance your health: Eat black beans, black fungus, hawthorn berry, radish, onion, garlic, ginger, mushroom, seaweed, vinegar and rose tea. Cut back on fatty food, sweets and cold drinks. Be more active, but exercise in moderation, keep warm and avoid the cold by relying less on air conditioning.