Is all menstrual pain (Dysmenorrhea) caused by "cold uterus"? What exactly is "cold uterus"(“宫寒Gong Han”)?

It is not. 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 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
Excesss 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 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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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 purpose, it has been used for issues relating to digestive system (indigestion, bloated stomach, constipation, etc.), respiratory system (cough, flu, fever etc.), slow child development, night-crying and myopia.  For health enhancement purpose, it helps to improve body constitution, to improve sleep quality, to strengthen immunity, to reduce flu frequency, to increase appetite, and to 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.






What happen to me? “Oh, my skin is so itchy after taking prawns!” - “Fa Wu” (发物) & “Jie Kou” (忌口)

It’s common to hear people around us complaining about:

“Oh, my skin is so itchy after taking prawns!” Or “My pulse becomes inflamed after taking beef or mutton.”

Indeed, food allergy is very common among people with skin sensitivity. TCM classified this kind of foods as “Fa Wu” (发物). It can cause skin problems or result in recurrence of certain diseases; or worsen skin conditions. Therefore, often in TCM clinics TCM doctors will advise patients with skin problems to abstain from certain foods while receiving TCM treatment. “Jie Kou” (忌口) is a crucial step to take in the treatment of skin diseases.

“Fa Wu” (发物) have some common characteristics.
In TCM, “Fa Wu” (发物) is known to cause wind, phlegm and induce fire in our bodies. These, in turn, result in flare up of skin issues. If patients are willing to abstain from “Fa Wu” (发物) during their treatment, the effect is much better!

So after mention so much about “Fa Wu” (发物), what exactly are they?
We have categorized them into the following categories:
- Edible mushrooms: Button mushroom, shiitake mushroom etc
- Seafoods: Prawn, dried shrimp, crab, shellfish like scallop, oyster, lala etc
- Vegetables: Chives, onion, garlic, bamboo shoot, yam etc
- Fruits: Mango, durian, pineapple, lychee etc
- Poultry: Beef, duck, rooster, mutton, dog etc
- Others: Spicy foods, alcohol, egg, fermented tofu, peanut, wheat, soup boiled from cow bones etc

Although some people are sensitive towards “Fa Wu” (发物), but readers should take note that most of us are not sensitive to it. If you are not one of those sensitive individuals there is no need to abstain from it. “Fa Wu” (发物) is only problematic for certain individuals. Those with genetic inclination towards developing adverse effect after taking these foods. It’s mainly safe to most general public.

Perhaps, if you have a body constitution that is prone to skin issues, avoiding these foods is not a bad idea. For instance, if are currently suffering from or used to have issues like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, urticura, you may consider. This is particularly true during the time when the disease flare up, whereby itchiness is at its peak. At this period of time, abstaining from “Fa Wu” (发物) is crucial for your healing.

Besides, a gentle reminder to readers. You may be sensitive to some of the listed foods and not all. You may conduct an experiment yourself to find out which food you are sensitive to. We suggest not to over restrict your diet. A strict diet limits the variety of foods and may end up causing malnutrition for some individuals. This is utmost important to take note of!


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