5 May, 2017 Physician Victoria Tan

Managing Pain & Injury with TCM

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.

The main efficacy experienced by the patient can be immediate pain relief and eradication of system deficiencies and blockage in the long run. Common treatment methods include acupuncture, cupping and/or natural herbal medication.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised the efficacy of acupuncture for more than 70 types of conditions. They include conditions relating to pain, such as neck and back pain, tennis elbow, knee pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica and temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction.

The wondrous effects of acupuncture in pain and injury management are to ease pain via the downplay of nociceptors, reduce inflammation and heal and manage chronic conditions. Scientific acupuncture is the use of acupuncture along both meridian channels and muscle groups based on the anatomy of the body to further its efficacy.

Other scientific researches on acupuncture identify heightened electrical fields around acupoints, which translates to increased immune system responses, expediting the healing mechanisms of the body.

Most importantly, a TCM physician focuses on an all natural and well-targeted approach to nurse any injury.

Stretching exercises, as well as maintaining a recommended diet by the physician is essential to pain and injury management.

Article by Physician Victoria Tan


Note: Information provided is not a substitute for a physician or any form of medical care. Individual symptoms differ due to different body constitutions and diagnosis. One should consult a licensed TCM practitioner for accurate diagnosis and treatment.


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About the Author

Physician Victoria Tan

Physician Victoria Tan

TCM Physician

Double Degree (1st Class Hon): Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences & Bachelor of Medicine (Chinese Medicine), Nanyang Technological University and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

Physician Victoria Tan was a scholarship recipient of Ngee Ann Kongsi Tertiary Scholarship and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine Foreign Students Scholarship in her undergraduate days, and the Valedictorian of her batch in NTU.

Currently a recipient of the graduate scholarship by the Academy of Chinese Medicine, Singapore, she is undertaking her graduate studies in Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology in NUS.

Physician Tan co-authored with A*STAR and is a co-investigator in East-West Medicine clinical research in public hospitals. One of the youngest TCM Instructor with the People’s Association, Victoria is also seen sharing TCM knowledge and professional advice through various media.

Her amiable personality and professionalism have won her patients’ trust in her craft.

Physician Tan’s expertise: Internal Disorders, Pain & Injury Management, Fertility Planning, Facial, Skin and Eye Disorders, Endocrine Conditions and Paediatric Tuina.


Comments (23)

  1. Judy

    I had a fall recently and now my right shoulder (upper arm area) is still in pain especially when I lift n turn my elbow at a certain angle. I have done my xray at TAN TOCK SENG HOSPITAL – there’s no bone fracture and is due to see the orthopedic specialist on 29 June. Meanwhile I’m advised that I can go for physio treatment if I encounter further pain. May I know is your TCM clinic registered? Bcos I’m claiming under my Personal Accident Insurance and they need medical receipt/memo from registered TCM.


      Hi Judy,

      All our physicians are registered with TCMPB. The attending physician will be able to issue a memo for your claim. Would you like to book an appointment with us?

  2. Edmund Heng

    Hi, I have some tendon pain between my right thumb and my palm. Can TCM relief my painful thumb?


      Hi Edmund,

      Acupuncture can certainly help to relieve the pain. Would you like to schedule a consultation with our pain management physician?

  3. Siti

    Hi I have synkinesis because of bell’s palsy. Do u know if tcm can help


      Hi Siti,

      Acupuncture can be done and enhanced with cupping. The effectiveness of the treatment is dependent on how long you have had the condition. Hope this helps explain!

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