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Ageing – and what you can do about it

The Only Constant of Growing Older

Ageing is a common bodily process that makes us all susceptible to diseases and less active as we were. As much as ageing is inevitable, TCM has been proven through scientific research to be able to prolong the active states of our cells and delay immune suppression, so that ageing seems less of a nightmare!

What is Ageing?

The process of ageing includes oxidative damage to DNA in cells and immune senescence, both of which are major causes of age-related diseases such as senility, weaker immune system, fatigue, digestive issues, sallow skin, white hair, hair loss, decreased muscle tone, decreased visual sharpness, slower metabolic rates resulting in lower energy level and more body fat.
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TCM & Obesity

Not only does obesity affect one’s appearance, more importantly, it increases the risk of developing certain conditions such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, arteriosclerosis (heart disease), fatty liver, infertility etc. Losing weight should not be done solely for vanity purposes, but for health and the prevention of diseases. Read more

Managing Pain & Injury with TCM

Pain can be classified into acute or chronic condition depending on the duration of the ailment. The two most common types of sensation associated with pain include soreness and numbness.

Chinese Medicine surrounds its theory of pain on obstructed channels or ‘internal organ’ system deficiencies that interfere with meridian channels and nerve impulse signalling. Obstruction usually occurs as blood stasis and phlegm. These pathological matters often form from the internalisation of external factors such as trauma, wind, heat, cold and dry elements, and the strength of our constitution. The intricate balance between the pathological elements and our immune system can be achieved with TCM treatments, not only relieving the current condition but also strengthening soft tissue, preventing frequent occurrence of injuries and pain.

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Coping with a stiff neck

Ever woke up with a neck pain that restricts your neck movement for even up to a week? For some, such discomfort could even be accompanied by a headache, shoulder or arm pain.

The Cause

Stiff neck might be caused by:
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Manage Migraine… without popping a pill

Migraine, a recurring headache that occurs usually on one side of the head, is usually accompanied with blurred vision, nausea, as well as sensitivity to light and sound. This condition can last up to a couple of days and significantly affects the quality of life. The pain may be triggered by many factors including food, environment, stress, and for some women, it may be more frequent during menstruation.
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The TCM’s way of combating Hair Loss

There are several types of hair loss and it can happen to anyone at any point of time. The causes of hair loss are different due to gender, age, genetics, diet (malnutrition, anorexia), environmental factors (stress, pollutants, chemicals, etc.) and health conditions (thyroid disorders, autoimmunity, anaemia, etc.).

There are also several types of treatments available, from western medication, hair transplant, homeopathy to even hypnosis. Countless clinical trials and researches had been done in search of finding the cure for hair loss and, of which, acupuncture has shown high efficacy in restoring hair health. One study even mentioned that the combination of acupuncture and plum blossom hammer outperformed the combination of Minoxidil and multivitamins in treating alopecia. Similar to western treatment, it would take a few months of TCM treatments to see significant and long lasting results, though without the side effects.
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A foresight on short-sightness: Slowing the progression of Myopia

Do you know that in Singapore, 1 in every 2 children develops myopia (short-sightedness) by the time they turn 12 years old?

While wearing spectacles is being regarded as a norm in Singapore, the rising prevalence of children being myopic is worrying. Myopia is generally known to be harmless but the majority does not know that high myopia may be associated with other eye problems like posterior vitreous detachment, myopic macular degeneration, peripheral retinal breaks, degeneration and retinal detachment, glaucoma and even blindness.

Therefore, it is important, and possible, to prevent one’s eyesight from getting worse.
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All you need to know about Ba Guan (Cupping)

If you followed Rio 2016, you may have noticed the cupping spots on Michael Phelps and some of the athletes. However, this ‘trending’ therapy is not new. Egyptians had been using it from as early as 1550 BC.

There are different types of cupping techniques such as the stationary cupping, massage cupping, flash cupping, wet cupping and acupuncture cupping. More than one technique may be used in combination for different medical conditions. It is commonly used to provide drug-free pain relief for muscle ache/strain, combat acne, obesity, shingles, upper respiratory syndrome, headache, menstrual cramp, gastrointestinal problems, as well as maintain general wellness.

How does cupping help?

Cupping is able to aid in such medical conditions due to its ability to:
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2 DIY Acupressure Points to put a pause to Menopause Symptoms

During menopause, several women experience irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and many other problems that may persist for many years. These symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalance and can lead to higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, urinary tract disease and dermatological conditions.

From TCM’s perspective, the cause of these symptoms is due to kidney yin and/or yang deficiency, mostly accompanied by liver stagnation, blood stasis and phlegm accumulation. The severity of symptoms vary according to individual and is affected by her lifestyle, body constitution and past medical history.

Patients with kidney yin deficiency may suffer from symptoms like night sweats, warmer extremities, and backache. Recommended lifestyle changes include sleeping before 11pm, eating less of food that is warm and dry in nature like pepper, chilli, ginger, garlic, and more of yin-nourishing food like eggs, duck, scallop, watermelon, strawberry, white fungus, as well as herbs like lily bulb, wolfberry, ‘mai dong’ and American ginseng.
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