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.
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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.
ArticlesDebunking 5 Common Misconceptions About TCM In Singapore
Debunking 5 Common Misconceptions About TCM In Singapore
Fact or myth? Debunk these 5 common misconceptions about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in this article.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for more than 2000 years and even though it is consistently gaining traction for being an alternative treatment method, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the practice due to preconceived notions that some may have.
In this article, we will be debunking the common misconceptions about TCM so you can make more informed decisions if you are considering visiting a TCM clinic in Singapore.
Misconception #1: TCM is unregulated
One of the most common misconceptions is that TCM is unregulated, unlike Western medicine.
In fact, TCM is regulated by the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board (TCMPB) in Singapore, a statutory board under the Ministry of Health. TCM practitioners have to undergo 5 years of full-time curriculum to obtain a bachelor’s degree in TCM and pass the Singapore TCM Physician Registration Examination before they are considered for full registration.
Full registration allows a TCM practitioner to practise on his own or in a TCM clinic in Singapore.
Misconception #2: TCM only involves herbs
One of the most well-known aspects of TCM is the use of herbs to address health problems. However, there is more than meets the eye. Here are some of the other treatments methods TCM utilises:
Acupuncture – the practice of inserting fine needles into the skin at acupuncture points to keep the balance between Yin and Yang, allowing the flow of chi throughout the body to restore health.
Cupping – using warm glass or plastic cups over the body to create suction which can help with relieving pain and inflammation, and increasing circulation.
Moxibustion – consists of burning dried mugwort on certain points of the body to help with pain due to injury or arthritis and even digestive problems.
Tui na – a type of massage technique in which pressure is applied to acupoints that lie along meridians to harmonise Yin and Yang in the body, and regulate the function of the internal organs.
Misconception #3: TCM is less effective than Western medicine
While both TCM and Western medicine have their own benefits, it ultimately depends on each individual’s condition.
TCM takes on a more holistic approach in which natural treatments are prescribed to aid your body in healing, one of the key principles of TCM, as compared to Western medicine that uses a more direct approach. For instance, your physician may recommend a few treatments, like acupuncture and taking herbs at the same time when you visit a TCM clinic, to help with not just the condition, but also overall health. On the other hand, a general practitioner may prescribe medications to treat a localised problem or refer you to a specialist for more in-depth checks.
There is no one size fits all solution, so it is always recommended to find something you are comfortable with, regardless of whether it is the TCM or Western medicine approach.
Misconception #4: Acupuncture is painful
Acupuncture is a popular TCM treatment thanks to its benefits but many are reluctant to start due to the belief that it is painful. On the contrary, despite involving the insertion of needles, acupuncture is usually painless and even if you feel any, it would be very mild.
More than feeling pain, acupuncture will typically result in sensations such as a dull ache or tingling. This is a sign that the treatment is working as it shows that energy in the particular acupoint has been activated.
Nevertheless, it is worth taking note that everybody has a different pain tolerance level and it is fine to inform your physician should you be feeling any discomfort during the process.
Paediatric massage therapy, herbal medications and herbal packs are even available for kids to boost their immune system, reducing their tendency of falling sick.
Children as young as six months old can undergo TCM treatments but it is always advisable to bring them to an experienced and licensed TCM physician.
Consider visiting a TCM clinic in Singapore for acupuncture or other TCM treatments. Thomson Chinese Medicine has more than 10 years of experience in providing tailored TCM care, even for individuals undergoing western treatments. Get in touchwith us to learn more about our services.