[Infographic] Secret Diet & Acupoints for Beautiful Skin March 13th, 2019Physician Joyce Chee
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
We are all aware that acupuncture relieves physical discomfort and internal ailments. However, do you know that acupuncture can combat acne too?
Acupuncture can be used to cure acne, for both adults and youths. It is especially useful for those who has tried conventional acne treatments such as anti-acne cleansers, spots creams and prescription medicine, as TCM enhances its effectiveness.
Why does one have breakouts?
Menstrual pain – it’s horrible & we don’t deserve that.
Contrary to popular belief, menstrual pain is not a natural part of the menstruation process. Menstruation should be painless and accompanied by minimal pre- and post-menstrual signs and symptoms (PMS). It is entirely possible to eliminate pain and discomfort with acupuncture, Chinese medicine and a few adjustments to your lifestyle.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture have enjoyed a rich history in treating gynecological issues. Even today, many women turn to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for an array of women’s health concerns. Of which, Menstrual cramps and PMS usually respond very well to TCM treatments.