Specialist Q&A , Health & Wellness
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been gaining popularity in recent years as more people value improving their health holistically. Many patients have started complementing Western medicine with TCM treatments to speed up their recovery and improve their quality of life. Not only is TCM effective in treating chronic health issues, it is also often used for regular health maintenance. For many, especially the older generation, TCM is a way of life. Whether you are suffering from a health condition or simply want to support your wellness and optimise your mind-body condition, TCM can help you. If you are still on the fence about TCM, here are 3 reasons why you should give it a chance.
(Above) Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Physician Leong from Oriental Remedies Group.
TCM focuses on the body’s overall response to the treatment plan and treats the body as one interconnected biosystem. According to Physician Leong from Oriental Remedies Group (ORG), the course of treatment is highly personalised and at ORG, each patient receives a detailed treatment plan that is tailored to their body's needs based on their symptoms and underlying root cause.
Throughout the course of your TCM treatment, physicians follow up on your recovery journey and update the treatment plan to your current condition. This treatment process assures symptomatic relief while also addressing the root cause of your health concerns.
For instance, acupuncture is often used to help patients manage acute and chronic pain which is often a result of Qi and Blood stagnation from blocked meridians caused by pathogens, injury or even excessive emotions. When the affected area is unable to get enough blood circulation and nutrients, the patient begins to feel pain, stiffness, bloating and even numbness.
By stimulating specific points along the body meridians, acupuncture can stimulate the release of the body’s natural painkillers and affect areas in the brain involved in processing pain. At the same time, needles are administered to help ease the site of pain and promote faster healing.
As our meridians correspond to specific organs, the prolonged blockage of the meridian can affect other parts of the body. Thus, physicians seek to restore harmony in the whole body instead of focusing on localised pain when treating pain conditions.