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TCM

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is one of the world's oldest forms of medicine, with a history of more than 2,500 years. It is the essence of Chinese history, philosophy, and medical knowledge.

Overview

TCM is built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, and diet therapy.

It is still the main form of medicine to many Chinese people today. With more research being done, and greater worldwide interest in natural products, TCM is increasingly recognised as a viable form of alternative medicine in other parts of the world.

One of the basic tenets of TCM is that "the body's vital energy circulates through channels, called meridians, that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions."

TCM concept of disease

Disease is perceived as an imbalance in the functions or interactions of yin, yang, qi, xuĕ, zàng-fǔ, meridians etc. and/or of the interaction between the human body and the environment.

Therapy is based on which "pattern of disharmony" can be identified.

Diagnostic methods in TCM

In TCM, there are 5 diagnostic methods: inspection, auscultation, olfaction, inquiry, and palpation.

  • Inspection focuses on the face and particularly on the tongue, including analysis of the tongue size, shape, tension, colour, and coating, and the absence or presence of teeth marks around the edge.
  • Auscultation refers to listening for particular sounds (such as wheezing).
  • Olfaction refers to attending to body odour.
  • Inquiry focuses on the "seven inquiries", which involve asking the person about the regularity, severity, or other characteristics of: chills, fever, perspiration, appetite, thirst, taste, defecation, urination, pain, sleep.
  • Palpation 

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What Is Pain Management With Traditional Chinese Medicine?

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Pain is often caused by tissue damage, and may be acute (mild, severe, or recurring) or chronic (persisting over weeks or months).

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), pain management is customised to the individual.

Finding out the patient's body constitution type is crucial to a TCM physician. TCM diagnostic principles are used to assemble a patient's medical history, signs, and symptoms and make a TCM diagnosis. Acupuncture, cupping, tui na, and/or herbal medication is given to the patient depending on his or her physical constitution and condition.

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This TCM Physician Explains How Acupuncture Can Help With Diabetes

This TCM Physician Explains How Acupuncture Can Help With Diabetes

Diabetes is often managed through Western medicine, insulin, and blood sugar monitoring to treat and monitor for chronic problems brought on by the disease. However, did you know that Traditional Chinese Medicine can also be used to help with diabetes and other similar illnesses?

Registered TCM physician Chen Yan Fang has a strong passion for gua sha, tui na, and other kinds of TCM treatments. She was featured on DoctorxDentist Sessions recently and gave her tips on the philosophy of TCM treatment as well as methods for managing diabetes. Here's what she said.

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Hi! I believe Physician Lee Jin Shun has explained clearly the HSA requirements for CPM to be imported for resale in Singapore. The country of production of the medicines can also come from Taiwan, Hong Kong just to name a few. It can also be produced in Singapore. All CPM, before being approv...
15 Dec 2018
Thank you for the enquiry and keen interest in TCM. I am also sorry to hear about your experience. Persistent cough without an apparent reason can be effectively managed using TCM herbal prescription. I see a lot of such cases in my practice. After a flu episode, you may h...
22 Oct 2018
Thank you for your enquiry and keen interest in TCM. After assessing your tongue, you may have a weak digestive system (as seen in the yellow coating towards the end of the tongue). Food is not entirely broken down and absorbed, which results in fermentation and presenting ...
16 Oct 2018
The abdomen is divided into quadrants. If you are feeling abdominal discomfort post-infection, you might be referring to the right lower quadrant as pain arising from UTI may radiate to that area. TCM will be able to help relieve your discomfort, typically through herbal presc...
27 Oct 2018
Vocal cord paralysis is also known as recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis. The recurrent laryngeal nerve controls the muscles of the voice box, when the nerve is injured, patients may experience problems with their speech, breathing and swallowing. As the left recurrent laryngeal ne...
18 Mar 2019
Acute Coronary Syndrome is a medical emergency and should be attended promptly by a hospital medical team. However, you may consider TCM treatment once the condition stabilizes, and we can explore the possibility of preventing the deterioration or slowing the progression of ACS. ...
30 Aug 2018
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Sounds like your mother is having pain going from her biceps to the fingers. “Nerve pain” does exist, and it can be very very debilitating. TCM is rather popular in Singapore, and acupuncture does have good effects on certain types of pain. And most TCM physicians ...
26 Jan 2018
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