Is all menstrual pain (Dysmenorrhea) caused by "cold uterus"? What exactly is "cold uterus"(“宫寒Gong Han”)?
Traditional Chinese Medicine generally divides diseases into different syndrome types, some are with deficiency/with excess, some are cold/heat. For "Dysmenorrhea", the syndrome types are to be first identified. When the qi and blood are weak, the liver and kidneys functions are depleted, and the essence and blood are weak, the uterine is not properly nourished by qi and blood, therefore leading to pain. When the daily routine is not in a proper manner, or emotion in distress, or due to other external reasons, the uterine qi and blood do not flow smoothly, therefore leading to pain.
The classification of dysmenorrhea can be simplified as follows:
|Dysmenorrhea Type||Cold in nature||Hot in nature||Neither Cold nor hot/
Cold and hot coexist
|Deficiency syndrome||Yang deficiency with inner cold (inner cold)||Liver and kidney functions depleted||Weak Qi and Blood|
|Excess syndrome||Stagnation of cold and dampness (external cold)||Damp heat and stasis||Stagnant Qi and Blood|
In Singapore, patients with dysmenorrhea due to "cold uterus" are quite common, but there are also patients with other causes/syndrome types.
"Cold uterus"(“宫寒Gong Han”) can be understood as “ the uterus is cold“. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, "the uterus" consists of the internal reproductive system organs of women and their physiological functions. "Cold uterus" has a certain connection with Dysmenorrhea. The "cold" can be divided into "external cold" (causing excess syndrome) and "inner cold" (causing deficiency syndrome).
External cold refers to the fact that the blood in the body is slowed down by cold pathogens from outside the body. Instances such as over-consumption of cooling food and beverages, wearing thin clothes, exposure to long-term air conditioning, and dampness in residence lead to poor blood flow and blockage to the meridian around the uterus, resulting in dysmenorrhea, menstrual disorder/amenorrhea, etc.
Inner cold refers to the lack of yang qi in the body. Cold is generated internally, which leads to dysfunction of the viscera and affects the uterus, resulting in symptoms such as dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation/amenorrhea.
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Paediatrics: Cold/heaty cough, frequent flu, poor appetite, constipation, allergic constitution
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What are Pediatric massage (小儿推拿)?
Pediatric massage (also known as children tuina) is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method for ailment treatment and health enhancement for young children, which is done through rubbing, massaging, and pressing on the child's acupoints and meridians.
For treatment purposes, it has been used for issues relating to the digestive system (indigestion, bloated stomach, constipation, etc.), respiratory system (cough, flu, fever etc.), slow child development, night-crying and myopia. For health enhancement purposes, it helps to improve body constitution, to improve sleep quality, to strengthen immunity, reduce flu frequency, increase appetite, and enhance child development.
Two effective health-enhancing massage movements that can be done at home: tummy massage and “Nie-Ji”(捏脊 spine pinching) are introduced.
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Hypertension - TCM intervention
Hypertension in TCM
Physician Teo Hwee Chin (TCMPB Reg. No. T0101288B)
What is high blood pressure (HBP)?
- High blood pressure means that the force of the blood pushing against the sides of your arteries is consistently in the high range. This can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure.
Despite the advances in the treatment of hypertension, effective management remains poor, the combined use of multiple drugs strategies fails to regulate blood pressure and chronic use of those agents caused severe side effects. Patients who have already been exposed to antihypertensive drug therapy. The most common complaint of those patients are fatigue, dizziness, weakness, headache, and joint pain, sleeping problems. Cold hands and feet, edema, depression.
Side Effects of Anti-Hypertension Drugs
- Although treated with intensive medication, uncontrolled hypertension related symptoms (including headache, dizziness, and fatigue) and
- Side effects of antihypertensive drug therapy (including headache, flushing, dry cough, edema, and sexual dysfunction, exhaustion, dizziness, weakness, joint pain, sleeping disorders, a feeling of coldness in the extremities and depression) are still the major problems confronting modern medicine.
How does high blood pressure increase stroke risk?
- High blood pressure damages arteries throughout the body, creating conditions where they can burst or clog more easily. Weakened arteries in the brain resulting from high blood pressure, put you at a much higher risk for stroke.
- High blood pressure is the single most important risk factor for stroke because it’s the leading cause of stroke. HBP adds to your heart’s workload and damages your arteries and organs over time. Compared to people whose blood pressure is normal, people with HBP are more likely to have a stroke.
- Antihypertensive therapy is currently widely used, but due to the potential side effects and intolerance of antihypertensive drugs, natural herbal products have been favored by people all over the world. Chinese herbal formula has made great contributions to the health and well-being of the people for their unique advantages in preventing and curing diseases, rehabilitation and health care. Currently, with increasing popularity of TCM, more and more systematic reviews (SRs) and meta-analysis have been conducted to assess the efficiency of TCM.
TCM Concept for Hypertension
The implication of all this is that the head is the area of maximum potential of Qi and therefore intrinsically prone to rising of energy (or pathogenic factors) to the top, for example, the rising of Liver-Yang, Liver-Fire, Liver-Wind, or Heart-Fire. Conversely, clear Yang Qi failing to rise to the top may lead to the obstruction of the head by Phlegm or Dampness.
Head is called "the confluence of Yang" or "the Palace of Yang" or "the Palace of clear Yang"
- The head is also the area of concentration of Yang energy as all the Yang channels directly meet and join up in the head. Only Yang channels reach the head.
- However, Yin Qi obviously also reaches the head but only internally. - Heart and Liver reach the head internally (deep pathway). All the other Yin channels reach the head indirectly via their divergent channels as each Yin divergent channel merges with its related Yang divergent channel at the neck area. Thus both the clear Yang from the Yang organs and the pure essences from the Yin organs reach the head.
- In TCM, it is very important for the head energy to be clear and steady, where the brain and nerve system send signals to the body and thus promote the overall body functions.
- Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been proved effective for patients suffering from antihypertensive effects of western drug (including headache, flushing, dry cough, edema, and sexual dysfunction, exhaustion, dizziness, weakness, joint pain, sleeping disorders, a feeling of coldness in the extremities and depression).
Diet Tips for Hypertension patients:
- Eat less salt, sugar, and saturated fats (mainly from meat and poultry). Avoid artificial trans fats (often found in processed foods that have “hydrogenated” ingredients). Eat more fiber, fruits, and leafy green vegetables.
- Get to a healthy weight. A big belly, compared with your hip size, is one sign of too much fat on your body.
- Stop smoking. If you already smoke, quitting will help lower your odds for stroke
- Limit alcohol. Drinking too much can raise your blood pressure.
- Exercise regularly. Aim for 30 minutes of activity, such as brisk walks, 5 times a week, but for patients with qi-deficiency, I will suggest them to do only moderate exercise.
- Lower your stress. Studies show constant stress makes you more likely to have a stroke or a TIA.
- Sleep with quality and quantity. At least 7-8 hours of sleep is important for patients’ blood pressure maintenance.
- Less cooling food and cold water - as cold food and drinks will slow blood circulation and bring down body metabolism, and thus affecting blood pressure. More efficient blood flow can have benefits ranging from improved blood pressure to decreased risk of heart disease.
- Blood pressure generally is higher in the winter and lower in the summer. That's because low temperatures cause your blood vessels to narrow — which increases blood pressure because more pressure is needed to force blood through your narrowed veins and arteries. Thus, those with high blood pressure should monitor more closely during cold seasons.
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糖尿病不可怕，可怕的是它的并发症！How to Due with Diabetes the TCM Way!
Managing Diabetes the TCM Way!
Madam Jo has been suffering from diabetes for the past 30 years and she never forgets to take her western medicine regularly. Due to the Covid19 circuit breaker, she dare not move about in the neighborhood as often as before, thus leading to poorer circulations of her lower limbs, during her regular checkup, her doctor found a darkening toe and suggested monitoring her for one month's time, if the skin color did not recover, she might have to go for amputation.
She was brought to Physician Teo by her daughter, hoping TCM help improve her circulation. She was put on Chinese medication (herbal powder) for one month, during the healing, she saw her toe color becoming better and less darkening week after week, and when she returned for a follow-up check in the hospital in one month's time, her doctor discharged her!
张僡峻医师 Physician Teo Hwee Chin (TCMPB Reg No. : T0101288B)
萧进源医师 Physician Seow Chin Yuen (TCMPB Reg No. :T1403216F)