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Meanwhile, here’s the Frequently Asked Questions:
TCM works by bringing the body back into balance with the aid of different treatments like acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion and tuina. The imbalance could be caused by internal (eg. disharmony between organs, emotions, etc ) and external factors (eg. environment, weather, time, etc).
TCM diagnosis requires observing the patient (comprise of tongue reading), taking down details of the medical history records and symptoms, as well as palpation (includes but not limited to pulse taking). Hence, both are needed for an accurate diagnosis.
It is also important for patients to be transparent with his/her medical condition for the physician to make an accurate diagnosis.
Acupuncture treats musculoskeletal problems, pain & injury, poor immune system, upper respiratory conditions (e.g. sinusitis, cough & common cold/flu), digestive issues (eg. bloating, diarrhoea & constipation), women’s health (menopausal discomfort, hot flushes, fertility, and menstrual pain, irregularity and flow), sleep quality (lethargy, fatigue, insomnia, sleep deprivation, excessive dreaming, snoring), neurological condition (eg. stroke, depression, anxiety, facial pain/spasm, headache, migraine), skin conditions (eg. acne, ageing skin, hives, hair loss, excessive sweating), eye conditions (e.g. dry eyes, floaters), etc.
Some people may feel a dull ache on the acupoint(s) which will go away after a while.
Body condition and general health will improve. For example, pain relief will be felt for those who come for a pain management treatment.
The process of recovery may be slow for certain conditions, so numerous treatments may be needed. It cannot heal fractures or cure diseases like dengue, cancer or other hereditary conditions.
In general, since acupuncture is used to help the body to heal itself, the limits of acupuncture treatments are the limits of what the body can do to heal itself.
How do you decide when to use Acupuncture, Gua Sha, or Tui Na to treat a patient? What is the difference between these treatments?
It depends on the type of condition the patient seek treatment for. The tool and technique used, how the patient feels during the treatment, the effect, as well as the length of treatment is different.
Herbal medicine can come in the form of herbs (to be boiled), syrup, powder, tablet and/or pills. All contains a combination of herbs. Different formulae are used for different disease pattern and condition. For example, if a patient is diagnosed as blood deficient, he/she will be given herb formulae to nourish the blood.
It is best to take them separately.
Most of the herbs in PULSE come from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.
It depends on your insurance company/HR. Some of them cover charges by TCMPB-registered physicians.
All of our TCM physicians are registered under Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board (TCMPB), a statutory board under Ministry of Health (MOH).
Every TCM treatment begins with a consultation with our physicians, who will diagnose your condition according to your medical history, pulse and tongue.
If you’re having acupuncture treatment, it will be advisable to wear loose clothing.
Yes, TCM can treat sinus. Firstly, we will need to do a consultation to understand the body constitution and what causes the sinus. From there, we will recommend the most appropriate treatment. Typically, both acupuncture and medication are needed.
Yes, Acupuncture is very effective in improving eyesight and Myopia. Acupuncture can relax the eye muscles, improve blood circulation and strengthen the optic nerve.
I have rounded shoulders and my shoulder blades are protruding out. What kind of treatment will be suitable?
Acupuncture + Cupping or Tuina are usually administered, depending on your preference as well as advice from the physicians.
Shortness of breath is usually a manifestation of the weaker functioning of the lungs and the heart. TCM will be able to help your organs go back into equilibrium.
The inherited hyperhidrosis is an indication of lack of ‘Qi’, weak immune (lung) constitution or excessive ‘Fire’. Acupuncture, coupled with medication, can help to balance what is deficient or excess.
Yes, TCM can treat insomnia and low-quality sleep. It is advisable to visit a physician soon. Ample good-quality sleep in very important in one’s health!
My face tends to be puffy & swollen, which I think is due to water retention. Can TCM help with water retention?
Yes, TCM can help! A common cause of water retention would be a weak spleen and/or poor digestion – treatments will vary based on the physician’s analysis.
By needling the area of concern, Acupuncture stimulates cells to produce new collagen and elastin fibres to smoothen out wrinkles.
Our physicians will advise on a diet plan, but there is no strict diet to follow.