In TCM, the digestive system is considered a crucial component of the body due to its ability to break down food, absorb nutrients, feed the cells, and clear away waste products. From a TCM perspective, indigestion is caused by the accumulation of food in the stomach. Improper feeding, over-eating, and having a weak digestive system can lead to indigestion.
As the digestive system weakens, nutrients are not properly absorbed, and you may observe vomiting, appetite loss, and diarrhoea. Especially for young children, their digestion is noticeably weaker as the spleen is not yet fully developed.
Even after clocking in the 8 hours of sleep, do you still feel constantly lethargic, unproductive and have difficulty focusing?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes both types of fatigue are caused by a combination of weak body constitution, stress and an unhealthy diet. Fatigue is usually associated with a weak spleen and kidney. In TCM, the spleen is responsible for the metabolism and transport of nutrients while the kidney regulates growth. It is believed that the spleen is the source of qi and blood. Other possible reasons that may cause fatigue is Liver Qi Stagnation and Damp Retention.
Stress plays a very huge factor in immunity. It is especially important to relax and maintain a healthy emotional balance to maintain your immune system. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system (for example: lower the number of lymphocytes).
Worry is controlled by the spleen. In TCM, symptoms of spleen issues are fatigue, memory issues, poor appetite, bloating, weight loss, paleness, poor hair growth, nails and yellow skin. Eating properly and exercising regularly is very important when the spleen is affected.
Stress plays a very huge factor in immunity. It is especially important to relax and maintain a healthy emotional balance to maintaining your immune system. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system (for example: lower the number of lymphocytes).
A common side effect of monthly periods is menstrual cramps. In TCM, menstrual cramps are generally categorised into deficiency and excess. Often drastic changes of Qi and blood in the meridians are causes of this.
Deficiencies in essence and blood, causes the meridians, ovaries, and uterus tend to become undernourished during or after the menstrual period. In TCM terms, often leads to menstrual cramps known as pain due to malnourishment.
The volume and quality of your hair reflect your internal health. The Qi and internal well-being can affect the appearance and quality of the hair. In TCM, for healthy hair growth, the spleen, liver, and kidney of the body are crucial. Blood deficiency is usually the main cause for hair loss.
One of the ways TCM can help you to lose weight is by speeding up your body’s natural metabolism. Rather than viewing weight gain as a problem on its own, TCM believes obesity is a symptom of underlying health issues.
Health ailments can arise out of blockages in the flow of qi, which is the energy force flowing through our body. Qi energy is made up of yin (cooling) and yang (heat) elements, and our diet also contributes to the balance of these two energies. Fat is recognized as phlegm or “dampness” in TCM principles. TCM aims to remove dampness for losing weight effectively.
Are you someone who never seems to be able to get sufficient sleep or rest? Based on the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), sleeping disorders like insomnia are result of an imbalance in qi (otherwise known as energy).
Sleep disorders are usually due to imbalances of yin and yang energy within the body. This energy imbalance may be because of unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits, extreme emotions and stress, exhaustion from both excessive physical and mental activities, prolonged illnesses, and old age.
Oversleeping is perceived as a yang deficiency, while insomnia is perceived as a yin deficiency, and is associated with poor circulation, spleen deficiency or stress. If you experience nightmares in your sleep, it may be caused by emotional imbalances or overindulgence in rich foods.
Some newly-wed couples are perplexed when they are unable to conceive after stopping contraceptives. TCM treatments can help increase the chances of conceiving.
Common causes of infertility for both genders differ but usually are uterine fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, erectile dysfunction, and insufficient sperm production to name a few.
Treatments can help increase energy levels, and blood circulation and reduce stress
Everyone will get a headache occasionally, making it one of the most common illnesses.
In TCM, acupuncture can relieve headaches without the side effects that prescription drugs can cause. The various headaches causes could be the following: Liver-Yang Aggression, Stagnant Blood, Liver-Qi Stagnation, Phlegm Blockage, and more.
Chronic acne is often a reflection of underlying health issues. When hair follicles become clogged with dirt and oil, bumps are formed causing acne. Acne cause could often be deficiencies in spleen, yin or poor digestive system, hormones and stress.
Be it chronic pain or pain from sitting for long hours at your work desk, TCM has treatments that can effectively treat them.
Acupuncture has long been recognized as an effective treatment for chronic pain. Moxibustion is especially useful for treating joint pain, stiffness, and arthritic inflammation. These conditions are mainly caused by wind, cold, and dampness. TCM Tuina is hence able to alleviate that by unblocking those areas of tension in the body and releasing the trapped sick energy out of the body.