Author: Physician Vivian Wen | December 2021 | Zhongjing TCM Everyone wishes to have a healthy complexion, but according to the National Skin Centre, 1 in 10 in Singapore suffer from eczema at some point in life. According to another National Health Group survey, the problem is more prevalent among school-age children, with 1 in 5 suffering from eczema. The Singapore National Skin Centre survey also found that Singapore's hot weather, dusty environment and our incorrect exercise habits are the main reasons for the increased incidence of eczema among Singaporeans. What is the me..
Author: Physician Niklas Seet | October 2021 | Zhongjing TCM What are “sport injuries”? A specific definition of sports injuries would refer to soft tissue or joint injuries as a result of a sporting incident. But its general definition would encompass injuries due to any movement, not just restricted to sporting incidences. While this article would be referring sport injuries in the specific definition, the principles of understanding and prevention would also apply to daily physical activities, including injuries that occur in our everyday life due to the execution of a physical..
Author: Physician Patricia Wang | September 2021 | Zhongjing TCM Knee pain is a common complaint seen in the primary care sector, and is prevalent in the elderly. The knee is the largest joint in the human body and one of the most complex. Being one of the weight-bearing joints, it absorbs a large amount of pressure as we carry out our day to day activities. For example, when running and climbing stairs, the pressure on the knee is about three times the weight of your body. This is one of the reasons why the knee joint is prone to wear and tear damages. According to an article “骨关节..
Author: Physician Chan Yee Shuin | August 2021 | Zhongjing TCM No parent feels prepared for “being a parent”. From pregnancy, to their child’s first breath on this world, to their first day at school, it was no easy feat. And then comes puberty! Every parent would have gone through puberty, but what is it all about? What is puberty about? Puberty refers to the phase when a child starts to mature into a young man or woman. Through this process, they become sexually mature and are capable of reproduction. It is a period of varying physical and emotional changes, and most imp..
Author: Physician Wee Keng Koon | July 2021 | Zhongjing TCM A pair of crystal windows from the heart, Displaying love, hate, sorrow and joy; During nightfall, curtains are draped to screen the city, Leaving you free to wander other countries. This is a poem in praise of the eye, from Dream of the Red Chamber. Our eyes are also known as the "windows to the soul"! Having a pair of eyes with normal vision allows you to capture all the wonderful sights of the world, whether they are colourful or dark. They unobtrusively reveal our expressions of joy, anger and sadness as w..
Author: Physician Niklas Seet | June 2021 | Zhongjing TCM Disclaimer: This article is discussing chronic cough from a TCM perspective, referring to coughing episodes that are persistent or recurring for 8 weeks or longer. In light of the current epidemic, please refer to the latest guidelines regarding acute respiratory infections (ARIs) and their associated symptoms released by your local healthcare authorities, of which cough is one of the symptoms. If you have just developed a cough, it is still advised to report to your local healthcare facility for your safety. What is cough? ..
Author: Physician Quek Yi Yan | May 2021 | Zhongjing TCM Menstrual cramp is perhaps the most common symptom associated with periods, but they should not be something that you have to go through. Menstruation should be painless with minimal premenstrual symptoms. Menstrual cramps can range from a slight discomfort to severe pain, even extending to the entire pelvic region, lower back or inner thighs, and accompanied by nausea and headaches. What is TCM's understanding of dysmernorrhea?The menstrual cycle is regulated mainly by the Kidneys, with the help of the Liver and Spleen. Proper..
Author: Physician Patricia Wang | April 2021 | Zhongjing TCM In today’s fast paced world where rest has become a luxury, we often neglect our bodies and experience some minor discomforting symptoms from time to time. Headache is one such symptom that has bothered almost everyone at some point in their lives. For some, headaches can just be uncomfortable and bothersome, but for others, the pain can be very intense and disabling. According to a 2003 study in Singapore, the prevalence of headache was 82.7% among 2096 respondents. In addition, some studies have found that the incidence of headache..
Author: Physician Niklas Seet | March 2021 | Zhongjing TCM What is cervical spondylosis (CS)? Cervical spondylosis is one of the most common conditions afflicting many in the world today. It usually presents as neck pain and/or stiffness. In a 2010 study1, it was found that it has a global prevalence of 4.9% and it ranks fourth in terms of disability. Based on an observational study done by the Department of Rehabilitative Services at Singapore Changi General Hospital2, almost 80% of the 91 neck pain patients were between the ages of 35 and 65 years, with 70% of them suffering from chron..
Author: Physician Vivian Wen | February 2021 | Zhongjing TCMStress has become an inseparable part of our modern society and we often hear this term thrown around a lot. Stress is not inherently bad, as the right type and amount of stress can motivate productivity and performance. However, when we experience constant and prolonged stress, it can affect our physical, mental and social health. Taking appropriate measures to manage stress is important to improving our physical and mental well-being. Chronic stress can negatively impact our health in many ways and lead to a wide range of problems w..