Gout is a common and painful form of arthritis that affects more men than women. It occurs more commonly during festive seasons like New Year due to the type of foods eaten.
Why do children fall sick easily?
The body constitution of children are delicate as their organs and immune system have not yet fully developed, making them more vulnerable to diseases. Furthermore, children who do not practise regular meal times and snack between meals are more susceptible to digestive illnesses. Frequent illnesses impede proper absorption of nutrients, which could eventually lead to poor health and growth.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.