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.
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 treatmentsare effective in restoring your health to optimal levels by treating the symptoms and fortifying your body on a holistic level.
Maintaining an ideal weight is essential as studies show that the exterior appearance has a direct effect on the self-esteem and confidence level of an individual. However, if you need to reduce weight, it is vital to do it safely and healthily without any adverse effect on your health.
Slimming through acupuncture
Acupuncture, a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment, is proven to have good slimming effects. It achieves weight loss through 3 main functions
Increase your metabolic rate. By increasing your metabolic rate, your body burns off the calories from the food that you consume more effectively. In this way the excess calories will not accumulate in your body and hence reduces the chance of building up unwanted fat (lipid) in your body.
Dissolve the saturated fatty component in your body. Acupuncture has the effect of dissolving the saturated fatty component in your body. Through the use of electro-needle during acupuncture, it will speed up the process of disintegrating the saturated lipid. Besides electro-needle, cupping can be added to enhance the overall effect. Include in your schedule to exercise regularly, each time at least 30 min, will further enhance the results.
Curb your appetite. Slimming through acupuncture can curb your appetite to a certain extent. After a few acupuncture sessions, you will notice that you snack less. While you do not need to go on diet when you are undergoing the treatment, you must be mindful of your food intake. Take your meals regularly, each time 20-30% lesser in quantity. In this way, it is less likely for you to gain back your weight when the treatment ends. Abstain from junk food totally since such food is often high in calories. Alternatively, change your eating habits. It is proven that if you eat a number of small meals per day, each time reduced quantity; it helps a great deal in weight loss. In this way, you do not feel hungry easily and at the same time, you get to eat the food that you want. Bear in mind, smaller quantity each time. How much is “small quantity”? 50% of your usual amount.
Ear acupuncture therapy (耳针). Ear acupuncture therapy can prolong the slimming effect. This is done after each acupuncture treatment session. Small plasters containing a tidy seed will be placed on the acu-points on your outer ear by your physician. You will press on the tidy seeds periodically. In this way, the acupuncture slimming effects will be prolonged during the days when you not having the treatment sessions.
Here at Thomson Chinese Medicine, we believe in the overall wellness of the individual. While slimming is the main objective during treatment process, your main organs, especially your Spleen and Stomach that form your digestive system will be regulated to perform optimally. Some patients feedback that their sleep quality were enhanced while others notice that they feel more rejuvenated after the treatment.
While acupuncture is effective for slimming, perseverance from the individual is required. At least 2-3 acupuncture sessions per week are needed in order achieve the desired results. This is coupled with a regular exercise regime and a healthier diet habit.
Weight loss through TCM herbal diets
Here are some recipes that you might want to try to enhance your weight loss. To reap the maximum benefit, include these recipes in your daily diet, let it be part of the usual food that you would consume, rather than have the goal-orientated mind-set that “it is for weight loss”. In this way, you will enjoy these recipes totally!