TCM services we offer
Parkway Shenton offers TCM modalities such as acupuncture and massage as part of our commitment to provide holistic care for our patients. These include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition and dietary therapy, tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage), cupping, scraping, adequate exercise etc. The usage of treatment modalities is dependent on the patient’s current body constitution and symptoms. Hence they may be changed as the patient’s state of health rebalances over time.
Acupuncture works by guiding the patient’s own Qi to flow smoothly in energy meridians, rebalancing and nourishing any deficiencies, therefore decreasing the physical symptoms exhibited. Very fine disposable stainless steel needles (0.18 - 0.3mm thick) can be inserted in more than one acupoint, in many different parts of the body at the same time and left in the patient’s body for a specified time for their Qi flow to regulate themselves.
Acupuncture is widely used for:
- Common ailments such as espiratory conditions (coughs, colds etc), digestive issues (constipation, diarrhoea, bloatedness, flatulence, GERD)
- Chronic conditions (e.g. managing high blood pressure, diabetes, skin conditions like rashes, and sleep issues)
- Pain management (e.g. head, neck, shoulder and back aches, and injuries from sports and other activities)
- Boosting immunity by increasing overall energy levels to decrease risk of respiratory issues and maintains one’s good health
- Men’s and women’s wellness (e.g. maintain hormonal balance, improve mood and reduce stress, improve skin health and fertility, helps women with various menstrual disorders and menopausal symptoms)
Cupping and Moxibustion
Both methods apply the same concept of acuputure by moving Qi flow, with the difference being using cups and the moxa herb instead of using needles or parts of the body.
The physician puts some massage oil on the acupoints to be cupped and places glass or plastic cups on those acupoints. The area to be cupped is usually a fleshy part of the patient’s body to ensure suction. It is normal for cupping to leave faint marks on the body for a few days after treatment - the darker the marks, the more toxins have been purged from the body. Cupping is suitable for pain management with heaty body constitution and not suitable for patients with cold body constitution.
The physician lights Moxa sticks or cones and places them over or on the acupoints of the patient’s body to warm the acupoint and subsequently the targeted meridian up. Slight redness of skin around the area treated is normal and will disappear after a few days. Moxibustion is suitable for pain management for those with a cold body constitution and helps to boost immunity levels.
The most used treatment modality in TCM is herbal formulas.
Herbs work together in a team towards the same intention of nourishing one or more of the 4 internal energies (Qi, Blood, Yin, Yang) and purging the 6 pathogens (Wind, Cold, Summer-Heat, Dampness, Dryness, Fire). There are many kinds of herb combinations available: 2 - 10 herbs or more than 20 herbs in one herbal formula.
Herbs can also be used after the other treatment modalities to maintain the latter’s effects for a longer time. The forms of herbs that are available in Parkway TCM clinics are concentrated herbal powder, capsules and tablets for easy consumption.
Eating well ensures that we nourish and rebalance our own Qi flow through our daily food intake.
Foods can be classified into 5 different categories of Cold, Cool, Neutral, Warm, Heaty. When you see a TCM physician for consultation you will know your personal current levels of Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang internal energies and which of the 6 pathogens are in excess. The consultation will also help you understand which foods are suitable or not suitable. A comprehensive TCM dietary plan can help with weight management and digestive disorders.
Patients will be informed which categories of vegetables, grains, fruits and others are more suitable for their current body constitution and which to stay away from. When they consistently eat foods that are suitable for them, they will be able to nourish and rebalance their own Qi flow, maintaining a healthy digestive system the natural way.
Having an adequate amount of exercise is an important concept in TCM because it is not just the amount of Qi we have, but how we move and rebalance its flow. If there is too little exercise or inactivity, Qi stagnation and decrease in Yang energy occurs, leading to symptoms of pain, sluggishness and low immunity. Too much exercise or activity leads to Qi deficiency and decrease in Yin energy, showing up as symptoms of tiredness, breathlessness and strains.
During a TCM dietary consultation, basic breathing techniques are also shared so that patients know how to breathe themselves into relaxation daily. TCM exercise and diet programmes are available for different body constitutions and preferences as well.
Expert Manipulative Massage Automation (EMMA)
At Parkway Shenton, we offer Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, or EMMA, a robotic massager. It uses sensors and 3D vision technology to analyse muscle stiffness and determine the optimal course of treatment for patients. Following a consultation with a TCM physician, the prescribed therapeutic massage is performed by EMMA’s robotic arm, consisting of a soft silicone ‘thumb’.