Ask our in-house TCM Physicians in the comments section below.


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.

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.

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!

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.

Comments (112)


      Hello Boon,

      Yes, we would need to have a consultation with you first to determine your body condition, before our physician can further advise on your situation.

      Do let us know if you would like to book an appointment and we would be happy to arrange it for you!
      Alternatively, you can book an appointment through our website here

  1. PEGGY

    Hi, I always wake up with a white thick coating on my tongue.Is it due to heatiness? How do I balance my yin n yang? Appreciate your early reply. Tks


      Hello Peggy,

      A white thick coating on the tongue most likely indicates dampness and spleen deficiency.
      You can head over to askpulsetcm.sg to have a free digital consultation with our physicians for them to understand your condition better.

      Hope this helps!

      • Florence Tan

        I am suffering from Rheumotoid Arthritis & I am very scared of needles. I want to try seeing a Chinese physician but I m very scared of needles. What is yr advice?

        • PULSE TCM

          Hi Florence, acupuncture is still the optimal solution for such issues. Some of our patients who are afraid of needles, listen to music on their own devices to help relax during the treatments. During the consultation with our physicians, they will be able to better advise you on how we can help you with your condition.


      Hello Cynthia,

      Yes we can assist with that!
      Come down for a consultation so that our physicians can better understand your condition and body constitution in order to provide a suitable treatment.

      Do let us know if you would like to book an appointment and we would be happy to arrange it for you! Alternatively, you can book an appointment through our website here

  2. Jess

    My memory seems to be declining slowly.. having poor memory. Can Chinese tea helps? If yes, what Chinese tea helps and not cooling for women? Can tcm acupuncture helps too?


      Hello Jess,

      Chinese tea might not be effective in this case, however, acupuncture can help.
      Do come down for a consultation for the physician to better understand your condition. Alternatively, you may also head over to AskPULSE to have a free online consultation with our physicians.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Michael Sum

    My palms n body feels warmer than normal. At night i hv problem sleeping well. My wife says my palms are abnormally warm. What is my problem? How can i treat my problem?


      Hello Michael,

      A preliminary diagnosis for your condition would be Yin Deficiency, which translates to a decreased level of blood and fluid around the body, causing body heat to be trapped. It can be due to hormonal and lifestyle habits. TCM and acupuncture will be able to help. However, we will need a proper consultation to confirm this diagnosis.

      Hope this helps!

  4. Gc

    Hi, May I know have diabetic type 1 with loss control on holding urine can TCM help to improve? Pls advice. Thanks


      Hello Grace,

      The symptoms of incontinence can be relieved through acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal medication. If you’re visiting a TCM physician, it is recommended to bring along your 3 consecutive blood sugar test, or the latest 3 blood sugar test. Hope this helps!


      Hello Vin,

      Treatments will be advised after proper consultation and diagnosis by a physician. Typically, for such issues, acupuncture and moxibustion will be administered. TCM herbal medication may also be recommended.

      Hope this helps!


      Hello Arshath,

      Both acupuncture and cupping are suitable treatments to be administered. The physician will be able to advise after a consultation with you.

      Hope this helps!

  5. Mel

    Hi, are there any acupressure points to stay alert especially after a post lunch food coma? Thank you!


      Hello Mel,

      You can press on GV20, 百会 ‘Bai Hui’ & GB20, 风池 ‘Feng Chi’ to help you stay alert!

      Lethargy after a meal is usually a symptom of spleen deficiency. Acupuncture and herbal medication will be able to help improve your body constitution!


      Hello Ling,

      It is advisable to consult a certified TCM Physician before acupuncture or any form of TCM treatment.

      Acupuncture is generally safe during pregnancy. However, the physician will have to avoid a few acupuncture points like “San Yin Jiao” that promotes circulation and womb contraction!

      Hope this helps!


    Is there any treatment for neurological diseases like finger tremor and spasmodic dysphonia (voice)



      Greetings from PULSE and thank you for your enquiry!

      Yes, TCM can help with Acupuncture and Herbal Medication.

      Do let me know if you would like to book an appointment and I’d be happy to arrange it for you!
      Alternatively, you can book an appointment through our website here.

      Have a great day ahead!

  7. Andrew Groos

    Hello, thanks for opening this up for discussion.

    My wife has been dealing with what we call a chronic sinus infection. We have recently returned from south carolina to the midwest, and the dryness of being indoors with the heat on has really excaserbated her symptoms. She feels swollen all the way from the top of her head down to her chest. Her sleep has become very disturbed to the point where it is making it really hard for me to sleep next to her. Any help would be greatly appreciated she has been dealing with this for years!


      Hello Andrew,

      Greetings from PULSE and thank you for your enquiry!

      The chronic phlegm/mucus accumulation in the nasal, throat and airways may be making her swollen, affecting her breathing and thus also disturbing her sleep. It would be beneficial to have a consultation first to understand her constitution, and then identify the root cause of the problem. She might then be able to try herbal medication and/or acupuncture to clear the phelgm and improve her sleep.

      Hope this helps, have a great day ahead!


      Hello Faith,

      Greetings from PULSE and thank you for your enquiry!

      Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic condition, whereby acupuncture could assist in reducing the severity of the condition.

      The physician will give a better diagnosis after checking your body constitution through a consultation.

      You can book an appointment through our website here

      Hope this helps!


      Hello Sharon,

      Greetings from PULSE and thank you for your enquiry!

      We do have Acupuncture as a treatment for eczema, however, it is a long process that often includes the prescription of herbal medication.
      Our physician will give a better diagnosis after checking your body constitution through a consultation.

      You can book an appointment through our website here

      Hope this helps!

  8. Cindy

    Hi! The left side of my cheeks keep twitching, I tried to massage on it but it doesn’t work. May I know what causes it? Can TCM helps too?


      Hello Cindy,

      Greetings from PULSE and thank you for your enquiry!

      This could be a sign of a few issues, such as facial nerve inflammation, facial muscle spasm, orbital muscle spasm, or an early sign of root canal problems.

      TCM can assist, and the physician will give a better diagnosis after checking your body constitution through a consultation.

      You can book an appointment through our website here

      Hope this helps!

  9. Rachael

    I have previously taken Seven Forest’s Cinnamon & Rehmannia for my ovarian cysts, and it always helped. I recently just had my first child, and I never took it while pregnant, but I am wondering if it is safe to take while breast-feeding?


      Hello Rachael,

      Cinnamon is a common food ingredient that has been consumed by breastfeeding mothers, while Rehmannia is a traditional herb that has not been contraindicated for consumption by lactating mothers.

      A critical factor to consider is the quality and preparation methods by the manufacturer/supplier. It is important that the manufacturer of these herbs has not contraindicated it for lactating mothers. Also, it is important that this preparation is free from any unsafe compounds, e.g. heavy metals.

      Assuming that the above concerns are not an issue, then it should be acceptable to consume this supplement while breastfeeding. However, do highlight this consumption to your family physician or paediatrician as necessary.

      Hope this helps!

  10. Ling ling

    I am a Chinese female in early forties experiencing hair thinning at the crown. Hair loss is not much but regrowth tend to be fine and weaker. How can tcm help?


      Hello Ling Ling,

      TCM can help with acupuncture on certain pressure points that stimulates hair follicles, nerves, and blood vessels of the head.
      If you would like to arrange a consultation, you can book an appointment here

      Hope this helps!

  11. Marilor

    Hi, i have recently be diagnosed with 0.8mm uncomplicated gall stone. Was told to have surgery. Can TCM help


      Hello Shirley,

      Yes TCM will be able to help! We would recommend Physician Xiao for this case.
      If you would like to arrange a consultation, you can book an appointment here

      Hope this helps!

  12. meidy

    I am suffering from a facial spasm that started as an intermittent twitching eye and has progressed tower 18months to a spasm from my eye to my jaw. The doctor said, ” come back when you can’t stand it any more and I can arrange Botox injections.” Internet research has given me the name Hemifacial spasms. I would like to investigate acupuncture as a solution. What advice can you give me?


      Hello Meidy,

      Hemifacial spasm is caused by a compression of the facial nerve due to multiple reasons. It is involuntary and will require treatment, acupuncture, acupressure (which helps relax the nerve), and herbal medication with anti-epileptic effects to help alleviate the condition and reduce the frequency of the spasms.

      However, frequent and consistent treatment is recommended to see results. Hope this helps and wishing you a speedy recovery!

  13. Joe


    I do have acid reflux on/off, sinus and period issue. what kind of treatment do you recommend?


      Hello Joe,

      We’ll definitely recommend Acupuncture as well as some Herbal Medication!

      Get well soon!

  14. Alex

    Hi, I have been having a headache on one side of my head. I think it may be due to the aircon in my office too cold and blowing directly above me. What is the recommended treatment?


      Hello Joel,

      Acupuncture will be the treatment to go for (subject to Physician’s assessment).

      Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery!

  15. Wei

    I’ve been suffering from ankle pain on the inside of my foot especially after exercise like running. I think I might suffer from tendonitis. Can TCM help? What kind of treatments will be used?


      Hello Wei,

      Yes, TCM can help. It depends on your condition. Typically, we will use Acupuncture.

      Hope this helps!

  16. Anna

    Hi, my husband and I have been trying for a baby for the past 3 years. We went through fertility checks and I have been told that my body has a higher percentage of Natural Killer (NK) cells which eats up the formation of new cells (for example, an embryo if there is successful implantation). Doctors suggest SO-IUI for us both.

    We would like to explore alternatives. Would TCM be able to help with fertility issues? What would the cost be like?



      Hello Anna,

      TCM employs the concept of Body Balancing to help with fertility issues. The physician will need to determine your body type before treatment. Typically, treatments consist of acupuncture and herbal prescription. A course of 10 sessions costs $1200 (excluding medication).

      Hope this helps & all the best!

  17. cherie

    Hi i would like ask is it normal for 3 days menstruated to be lasted, as i having backaching for the past few days during my period. Please kindly let me know thank you.


      Hello Cherie,

      It is entirely normal for menstruation to last for 3 days. It is also normal to have a backache during menstruation. However, if the backache is too intense, making it uncomfortable for work etc., it’ll be better to do a consultation with a physician!

      Hope this helps!

  18. Allan Chong

    I have this pain near my tight and hip bone when I sleep and when I wake up @ 6 the pain is still there.
    How could you help and what are the treatment available and cost as well. Thanks


      Hello Allan,

      Yes, we can use acupuncture to help. A consultation + acupuncture treatment will cost around $90-$120 depending on your body condition.

      Hope this helps. Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery!

  19. Dee

    Hi there, can TCM help with chronic gastritis, acid reflux, and healing of the oesophagus that has slight corrosion due to the reflux? If it does, what are the treatment used?


      Hello Dee,

      Yes. We can use herbal medication and acupuncture to alleviate the symptoms and slowly condition the body (subjected to your GP’s advice if you’re on western medication).

      • Dee

        Hi, I have been taking western medication but have stopped for about 2 weeks now. It helps but I still get reflux every now and then, therefore I’m thinking of giving herbal medication a try.

        Seeing that I have stopped western medication for 2 weeks, would I still need to check in with my doctor for accupunture and herbal medication?

        Also, from what is understand from western medicine, that apart from surgery, there is no way to strengthen the lower esophagus sphincter once it’s weakened. However, I read that accupunture can help with this?

        Is there a physician in Pulse that specialises in chronic gastritis? Or would I be able to visit any of your locations?


        • PULSE TCM

          Hello Dee,

          If you have stopped western medication for 2 weeks, it will be safe to come for Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine.

          From TCM’s point of view, what you have described sounds like a lack of “Qi”. So acupuncture can potentially help improve the your esophagus sphincter pressure and function by nourishing and promoting the circulation of “Qi”. (Of course, we can only advise after a proper consultation & diagnosis).

          A couple of recommended physicians for gastrointestinal issues will be Physician Chan Wei Loo & Physician Ardy Quek!

  20. Siew Lin

    Hi, I have a cold back (upper) sensation and wondering what might be the cause and what sort of treatment you would recommend.


      Hello Siew Lin,

      There may be a few causes to what you’re feeling, for example, a long-term injury, being in an air-conditioned environment for too long, or even poor confinement care etc.

      Acupuncture and moxibustion may be a suitable treatment for you. Like with any other enquiries, we can only be sure of the treatment to recommend after a consultation!

      Hope this helps!

  21. Shay

    Hi, im just wondering how will Dang Gui affect a person who suffers from Low blood pressure? Not high but low. All the info i get always seem to be pointing at the benefits for high bp,

    thanks in advance!


      Hello Shay!

      Herbs usually work in concoction, instead of singly. Dang Gui is a herb that helps relax smooth muscle in arteries. It works synergistically with other herbs to cope with low blood pressure. So a combination of herbs catered to each body type is recommended.

      For any herbal usage, it may be better to consult a TCM physician!

  22. Remo

    Hi PULSE Team

    My issue is that I sometimes feel a quite strong heat in me. It is really hard to describe this feeling but it feels as the heat inside me is not able to get out of my body.

    Is that something TCM could help?


  23. Karen Tan

    Hi PulseTCM!

    Would like to ask if acupuncture can help to cure facial condition – such as oil sebums. However, I’ve combination skin type but underneath the skin has a recurring oil sebums that doesn’t seem to go away.

    Thank you!



      Hello Karen,

      Yes, acupuncture will definitely be able to help with oil control. Results will be better with herbal medication.

      You can read more about oil control via acupuncture here.

      Hope it helps!

  24. shi lei

    hi there,
    i feel a strain on my left eye and left side of my head. Can TCM help? Or is there any quick remedy for such issue?

    • Physician Victoria Tan

      Hello Shi Lei,

      This is a sign of high eye pressure. Acupuncture will be able to help.

      In the meantime, for a quick remedy, you can press on the following acupoints for 2 to 3 minutes each: LR2 行间 ‘Xingjian’, LR3 太冲 ‘Taichong’, GB8, 率谷 ‘Shuaigu’, EX-HN5 太阳 ‘Taiyang’ & BL2 攒竹 ‘Zanzhu’.

      Hope this helps!

  25. shar

    Hi, if i have peri-anal abscess which now leads to a fistula, can TCM helped in any way? Western doctor advise in doing fistulatomy surgery.
    im not sure if the fistula will go away though, but i think i have blocked qi in my body..maybe a few. can the physician also remove the blocked qi?

    • Physician Victoria Tan

      Hello Shar,

      A fistula is too serious to use TCM. It is recommended to go for the surgery instead.

      For your blocked ‘qi’, the physician will first have to diagnose the constitution before the use of acupuncture and medication. If you’re going ahead with the surgery, post-surgical conditioning with TCM will be recommended.

      I hope this helps. We wish you a speedy recovery!

  26. Richard

    Just would to enquire if you treat heel pain? What is the diagnosisa and cost.


      Hello Richard,

      Yes, we do! You can read more about on our blog article here.

      It usually costs around $100.

      Hope this helps!

  27. Christina

    How many sessions are needed to treat rounded shoulders? What would be an estimate total cost?


      Hello Christina, sessions needed depends on individual’s conditions. Most of our patients are treated after a course of 10 sessions. You can purchase a package of 10 sessions of this treatment at $1100.

      Hope this helps!

  28. Surina

    Hi Physicians,are you able to treat unable to sleep patient? He has been problem with Sleeping and awake easily by any noise.At most only can sleep 2-3 hours /night. Please advise as this affect his full time job. Thank you

    • Physician Vivian Lee

      Hello Qi,

      For such condition, we first need to find out the potential cause of patterns of the tremble before we can suggest the most appropriate treatment plan for you. The cause of trembling hands includes Hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease, just to name a few.

      Hope this helps!

  29. Noreen

    Hi wonder if you provide house call service for cancer patient?

    If yes how are the charges like?


      Hello Noreen,

      Unfortunately, PULSE does not provide house call services at the moment.


      Hello Jace,

      TCM will not be able to completely cure Alopecia Areata. However, acupuncture can help reduce the immune reactions that are causing the bald patches, relieve the symptoms and help with maintenance of your condition.

      Hope this helps!

      To book an appointment: https://www.pulsetcm.sg/book-an-appointment

  30. Joseph

    Hi there,

    I am recently diagnosed with degenerative spinal arthritis and I am 35 years old this year. The area that caused most pain / discomfort seems to be the same locations that I had injuries during my schooling days. Also, I had been experiencing more migraine than before lately. I am wondering if acupuncture can assist on these.

  31. Bel

    Can TCM really treat significant hair loss/thinning and stimulate new hair growth?

    • Physician Joyce Chee

      Hello Bel,

      Yes, Acupuncture can help in hair thinning and assist in prevention in future hair loss. This treatment, however, is not for extreme balding cases with little or old hair follicles.

      You can read more about Acupuncture for Hair Loss on my article here!

      To know if this treatment is suitable for you, the best way would be to consult a physician. Hope this is useful to you!

  32. Rachel

    Hi, I have been having this problem for years, so I was wondering if TCM is able to help me with my tensed shoulders and backache.


      Hello Rachel!

      TCM & Acupuncture can definitely relieve back pain. To treat the root of the problem, it is still advisable to consult with a physician who can better diagnose and advise accordingly.

  33. viv


    Can tcm treat sinus and hyperhydrosis on hands and feet?
    And what are usually the recommended treatment

    • Physician Vivian Lee

      Hello there!

      Yes, TCM can treat the both conditions. Firstly, the patient will need to do a consultation with the physician and the physician will try to understand the body composition and what causes the sinus/hyperhidrosis. From there, we will recommend the most appropriate treatment. Usually, TCM medication and acupuncture are recommended.

      Hope this helps!

      To book an appointment: https://www.pulsetcm.sg/book-an-appointment

  34. Desmond

    would cupping and acupuncture damage any tattoos on the area of treatment?

    for hair loss acupuncture, how many sessions is needed? would the consultant pester us to sign packages?

    • Physician Victoria Tan

      Hello Desmond,

      No, acupuncture and cupping will not affect your tattoo!

      The effects of hair loss acupuncture are dependent on the condition and severity of the patient. We encourage patients to attend treatment courses of 10 sessions for the physician to regulate and stimulate hair growth cycle. No, the physician will not hard sell any package, the decision lies in your commitment to the treatment course since patients are required to come regularly until the condition is stable.

      Hope this helps!

      To book an appointment: https://www.pulsetcm.sg/book-an-appointment

  35. PH


    What is TCM menopause treatment ? Are you able to tell whether Menopause has started ?

    Is it true that it’s difficult to lose weight at beginning stage of menopause ?