You must have heard the words ‘heaty’ and ‘cooling’ before, but do you really know what it means? Do you know how it can affect your body, and are there any types of food you can take to reverse it?
The gift of a child is undeniably a great one for both parents. However, the whole process of pregnancy creates complications for the mother. Pregnancy changes the female body in many ways, as regular hormonal secretions changes and multiple muscles and joints become stretched to house the growing foetus.
Common postpartum (post-pregnancy) symptoms include depression, hair loss, hormonal imbalance, urinary incontinence, constipation, various pains, aches, and so on. In this article, we will talk about postpartum issues revolving the pelvic region.
Infertility is a problem that may plague some couples wishing to conceive a child, and both sexes have equal chances of being infertile.
This is where Traditional Chinese Medicine and its healing methods can help increase the chance of conceiving a child. In most cases, both parties are recommended to receive treatment to improve their body constitution.
Various possible causes for not conceiving a child include:
Kidney Deficiencies (Hormonal Imbalances)
In TCM, the kidneys refer to the ‘congenital constitution’ inherited from parents since birth, which is vital for growth, energy production and reproduction. It is similar to what is known today as genetic and hormonal factors. Energy from the kidney peaks around the reproductive ages of 25-30, however, it gradually depletes as an individual grows older due to various environmental and lifestyle factors.
A personalised diet plan usually involves a lot of experimenting through trial-and-error. The greater challenge is to achieve a diet that you can sustain in the long term with foods that you can enjoy and most conveniently obtain.
There are certain categories of food that you can fuel your body with for correction and regulation of the body systems, depending on your body type and metabolism.
Most people describe abdominal bloating as feeling tight, full, uncomfortable, or swollen in the abdominal region. Bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal tract is filled with gas and is often accompanied by burping, flatulence or pain.
Besides causing physical discomfort, it can affect the outward appearance too. Today, bloating is a surprisingly common symptom faced by many.
Losing weight should not be done solely for vanity purposes, but for health and the prevention of diseases. Not only does obesity affect your appearance, but it also increases the risk of developing certain conditions such as diabetes, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, arteriosclerosis (heart disease), fatty liver, infertility etc.
From TCM’s perspective, excess fats are mostly due to ‘dampness’ and ‘phlegm’ in the body. Our spleen oversees the transportation and transformation of food and our body fluids. Over time, due to inactivity and excessive intake of sweet, fried and greasy food, or even stress can result in stagnation of ‘qi’ and the spleen becomes less efficient in its function. As a result, ‘dampness’ and ‘phlegm’ accumulate and turn into fatty tissues.
Dry eyes occur when there is a decrease in tear production, or when tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. Elderly people frequently experience dryness of the eyes, but dry eyes can occur at any age.
Tears, made by the lacrimal gland, are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Tears bathe the surface of the eye, keeping it moist, and washes away dust and debris. They also help protect the eye from bacterial and other types of infections.
Throughout the ages, it has been the dream of many to achieve supple and radiant skin. This external radiance can be achieved through natural and holistic means. However, one very common problem is the appearance of Acne Vulgaris.
Acne Vulgaris, commonly known as acne, often cause red bumps, scarring and discolouration on the skin. Undoubtedly, this frustrating skin condition negatively impacts the confidence and self-esteem of many sufferers.
TCM Acne Management program adopts a safe and holistic approach to treat the condition and improve general well-being. Acupuncture and herbal medication (for internal and external use) will typically be administered, which aims to revitalise and improve skin condition by restoring the natural balance in the body.
Desk-bound work is a common contributing factor to many chronic pain haunting individuals nowadays. As individuals focus more on lifestyle changes such as exercising and dieting to achieve a healthier and pain-free life, they tend to overlook a major component for their daily routine. Singaporeans usually spend around 8 hours a day working and for most of us, it involves being seated behind a computer for hours straight. The cold air conditioning and our thin attire to brave the scorching weather, together with a poor sitting posture, brews trouble (especially pain) for the white-collar workers.
According to the ancient Chinese medical classic《黄帝内经·素问·宣明五气篇》：“久视伤血，久卧伤气，久坐伤肉，久立伤骨，久行伤筋，是谓五劳所伤”, it describes how five different forms of ‘overuses’ affect our body. Of the five, “久坐伤肉” is of the most relevance. It means that prolonged sitting is detrimental to our muscles such as its strength and elasticity, both of which are essential in the function and health of our joints and the prevention of complications resulting in pain.
The spinal cord may look like a single piece, but it consists of a column of nerves protected by the myelin sheath and secured by 31 vertebrae extending down the length of the spine. Medical pathology of the spinal cord and its related dysfunctions can be classified into 4 sections and 1 sub-part: Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacral and Coccygeal region. Implications include nervous, musculoskeletal, sympathetic and internal conditions.
Cervical impairments can lead to:
- Loss of function or sensation in the arms and legs
- Compromised cognitive abilities such as memory loss
- Compromised upper body conditions such as a headache, blurred vision, tinnitus, thyroid, and calcification of the spinal process etc.