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5 Workplace Stretches Towards A Better Posture

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.

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Spinal Cord & Related Disorders

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.

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TCM for Insomnia

Do you struggle to fall asleep no matter how tired you are? Or do you wake up in the middle of the night and stay awake for hours, anxiously waiting to fall asleep?

What is Insomnia?

The word “insomnia’ originates from the Latin “in” (no) and “somnus” (sleep). Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterised as having difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.

Insomnia is defined by the quality of your sleep and how you feel after sleeping, therefore having chronic insomnia might contribute to health problems. If you feel drowsy and tired during the day even though you slept for 8 hours, you may be experiencing insomnia.

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Migraine 101 – Causes & TCM Treatments

What is Migraine?

A migraine is defined as a periodic attack of a headache on one or both sides of the head with a series of accompanying symptoms.

 

Prevalence and Impact on Quality of Life

Migraine usually develops from puberty (or childhood in rare cases) and reaches its peak around 35 to 45 years of age. Women are more susceptible to migraine attacks as compared to men due to certain hormonal factors.

Migraine is ranked as the third most common disease in the world with a 1 in 7 people suffering from it. It also ranks as the seventh most debilitating disease. A person who suffers from migraine may spend as long as 5.3% of his/her lifetime going through an attack.

 

Stages of Migraine

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What are Dark Eye Circles and How to Tackle Them

The main reasons for facial consults are typically aesthetic, and amongst the pigmentary conditions, dark eye circles are one of the most common concerns.

What are Dark Eye Circles actually? They are homogeneous pigment macules on the infraorbital regions that present as darkening of the skin under or around the eye. As we would notice the skin around the eyes is a thin and sensitive area, multiple etiologic factors contribute to the formation of this particular hyper-pigmentation, such as melanin deposition, sun exposure, periorbital edema, superficial vasculature, and shadowing due to skin laxity. These are pathological pathways that point to a certain irregularity in the body, whether systemic or localised.

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Understanding Your Body Constitution

TCM & Body Constitution

Traditional Chinese medicine has a rich history stretching back to approximately 2 millennial and has benefited mainly the Chinese people in ancient times. Today, the allure and benefit of TCM are no longer limited to the predominantly Chinese populations around the world. The internet has made TCM knowledge readily available to everyone with internet access.

However, TCM principles are niche knowledge, and its abstract concepts and specialised medical terms are not easy to comprehend, let alone acquire deep insight. This article strives to elucidate one of these important concepts: Body Constitution.

 

Inborn & Acquired Factors

Body Constitution is the individual’s body condition that makes an individual susceptible to certain diseases but not others. It is a fundamental concept in TCM, as it lays the foundation for diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention. TCM regards each individual as unique. Both inborn and acquired factors affect our body constitution. Thus, an understanding of our unique body constitution can guide us towards more effective treatment and disease prevention through making lifestyle changes and avoiding these factors. This is especially true for acquired factors.

Acquired factors include, but are not limited to, diet, environmental factors, emotional state and lifestyle. Inborn factors, on the other hand, are inherited traits which make us susceptible to certain diseases. These inherited traits cannot be easily changed and therefore, an emphasis is placed on improving the body constitution as a whole and avoiding acquired factors that are harmful to health.

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6 Eye Exercises for Refreshing Vision

 

Sight and vision are vital and essential for conducting daily activities. We use our eyes in almost every activity we perform.

Nowadays, the modern lifestyle places greater demands on our eyes. In Singapore, a study has shown that the majority of people now spend an average of 12 hours on digital devices like mobile phones, tablets, computers or video game consoles. Digital eye strain and dry-eye diseases amongst adults and children are on the rise.

Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt after 2 or more hours in front of a digital screen.

 

Eye Exercises

Here are a few simple eye relaxation exercises that can help improve vision. They only take a few minutes each day and can be done anywhere and anytime. Before massaging your eyes, it is important to have clean hands.

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Diabetes – also known as “消渴” (Xiao Ke)

Diabetes occurs for several reasons, but the ultimate cause of high blood sugar that characterises the disorder is either due to deficiency of the hormone insulin or a combination of insulin deficiency and resistance of the body tissues to its actions. In response to food intake, insulin is released by specialised cells in the pancreas and is necessary for adequate amounts of glucose and other nutrients from food to be absorbed into certain tissues of the body. When insulin is lacking or the body resists its actions, the level of glucose in the blood becomes excessively high and diabetes is thus diagnosed. There are two major forms of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2. Whatever the form, its basis is to some extent hereditary and some extent environmental.

 

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is mostly due to an almost complete deficiency of insulin, resulting from immune system erroneously attacking and destroying the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It is often hereditary and can occur at any age, but most often diagnosed in juveniles.
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Moxibustion Therapy: The Uses & Benefits

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a TCM technique that involves burning of mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris), a small spongy herb, on particular acupoints on the body to facilitate healing. Moxibustion “heat” therapy mainly helps to warm the meridians, improve blood circulation, dispel cold and dampness, and strengthen the immune system. Scientific reviews have reported an increase in red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets around the area of treatment, effectively improving oxygen uptake by the cells of the body and driving the targeted systemic functions. Many patients report a warm, soothing sensation during and after a session of moxibustion.
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