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.
Children have vastly different body constitutions from adults and are prone to falling sick due to weaker immune systems. TCM combines gentle paediatric massage and herbal treatments to improve your child’s delicate constitution and build up their resistance against illnesses.
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.
Our physicians share some simple ways to ease your pain for common issues such as headache, stiff neck and shoulders, lower backache, trigger-finger and menstrual cramps.
With the circuit breaker, TCM treatments that require close contact with patients such as acupuncture, cupping, guasha and tuina are now prohibited. Considering the current situation, what can you do at home to manage your pain during this period?
Our physicians share some simple ways to help ease your pain for common issues such as headache, stiff neck and shoulders, lower back pain, trigger-finger, heel pain and menstrual cramps.
What Causes Pain in TCM Terms?
Pain is usually caused by some form of obstruction in meridians. In Singapore, a common root cause of pain issues is dampness and cold that results from either the environment you surround yourself in (such as air-conditioning) or over consumption of cold drinks and food. The general idea of treating pain problems due to cold is to provide heat. Heat can improve the blood circulation and unblock the meridians by expelling the cold thus relieving pain.
Acupressure Points and Lifestyle Tips to Ease Pain
A simple way to ease your pain is by stimulating several acupressure points that can be easily located on yourself. Using your fingers, press firmly onto the acupressure points for a minute or two. You may feel a sore and heavy sensation. Take deep breaths and relax as you are stimulating the points. For best results, remember to press them every day.
Apart from these specific guidelines, it is important to avoid cold drinks, ice-cream, cold vegetables (e.g. bitter gourds and Chinese cabbage) and cold fruits (e.g. watermelons, pineapples, kiwis).
Stiff Neck or Lower Backache
Apply a heat-pack on the problem area until the pain is eased. If a heat-pack is not available, a hair dryer can also be used.
Apply some rheumatism paste on the problem area and use a porcelain spoon to perform simple scrapping/guasha until the spot turns slightly red.
For low back pain, acupressure on the acupoint Yao Tong Dian 腰痛点 may also help to relieve the pain.
Location: This is a pair point. On the back of the hand, find the midway between the wrist crease and knuckle joint. The points are located between the second and the third metacarpal (finger) bones, and between the fourth and fifth metacarpal bones. Four acupoints in all on both hands.
Trigger-Fingers and Heel Pain
Prepare a pail of warm water – this water should be as warm as possible, but without burning yourself. Soak both hands and/or legs into the water, and gently move and stretch affected area until the water cools off. It is recommended to do on a daily basis before you sleep.
Use a heat-pack to cover the belly button area
Apply moxibustion “heat” therapy technique:
Burn one end of a moxibustion stick
Keep a distance of about 3cm above the skin and hover in a circular movement surrounding the belly button area.
Keep the moxibustion stick further away if it gets too hot, and continue for about 10 minutes. Remember to tap off excess ashes while doing as it may drop onto the skin and form blisters.
Use these 2 acupressure points to ease headache.
Location of He Gu合谷: On the back of both hands, between the first and the second metacarpal bones, approximately in the middle of the second metacarpal bone on the radial side. Basically, the sore point between the wedge of the 1st and 2nd. Caution: Avoid pressing He Gu 合谷 acupoint if you are pregnant.
Location of Zu San Li 足三里: On outer sides of both legs. 4 fingers width below the lower border of the knee cap and 1 finger width away from the shin bone.