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Let your Skin glow with Facial Acupuncture

09 Jul 2024

By: Kang Ting Tan

Blog, Acupuncture, General Health, Latest and Newest about TCM Singapore Blog | Yi TCM, Physician KT 陈医师

 《黄帝内经》:“有诸形于内,必形于外。”Your appearance reflects your inner health status. In TCM, the condition of our complexion is largely influenced by the well-being of our internal gut and hormone levels, alongside other factors. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle characterized by regular meals, well balanced diet,  efficient digestion, regular exercise,  a calm demeanor and having sufficient and restful sleep (Be asleep before 11pm) is essential for achieving and preserving a radiant complexion and optimal skin health for everyone.  The common TCM methods for enhancing beauty are Facial Acupuncture, Facial Gua Sha or Herbal Medication. What is Facial Acupuncture? Facial acupuncture, also known as cosmetic acupuncture, is a holistic beauty treatment that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the face to improve skin appearance and promote overall health and well-being. It is often viewed as a safe alternative to achieve a ‘lifted’, firmer skin compared to invasive surgical procedures such as botox or fillers. The acupoints targeted in facial acupuncture are often chosen to address specific concerns like wrinkles, sagging skin, acne, blemishes or other facial concerns.   The TCM physician may also use Body Acupuncture alongside Facial Acupuncture to treat the underlying cause of your skin conditions. (内调外修)It’s important to consult with a qualified practitioner who has experience in facial acupuncture before undergoing treatment. How does Facial Acupuncture promotes better skin?Enhances blood circulation in the eyes and face, reducing dark eye circles and puffiness and resulting in a natural glow and improved skin complexionStimulates the contraction of facial muscles to improve muscle tone, resulting in a “face-lift effect” of firmer and tightened skinCauses micro-trauma in the skin tissues, stimulating skin regeneration and collagen production (reverses aging), which helps to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Lightens spots and scarsRestores overall body balance. Acupuncture improves your body constitution and addresses underlying problems such as digestive issues or stress that can contribute to poor complexion or acne.  What to expect: Each session consists of a consultation with our TCM physicians followed by a facial acupuncture treatment.Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and the common sensations are often described as a prick, tingling or sore sensation around the insertion point.The first session takes around 1 hour. Subsequent sessions take around 45 minutes. After each session, individuals often notice an immediate improvement in their skin’s glow and a subtle lifting effect, particularly when complemented by additional techniques such as facial gua sha.How often must I come?We recommend each patient to come 1-2 times weekly (at least 10 sessions or more) for significant and longer-lasting changes in skin firmness and complexion. DIY Gua sha at home!It is also highly recommended to do face Gua Sha yourself daily at least 1-2 times after facial wash and moisturizer application. 
Psoriasis

04 Apr 2024

By: Sheryl Tay

Blog, Acupuncture, Autoimmune Disease, General Health, Latest and Newest about TCM Singapore Blog | Yi TCM, Pain management, Physician Tay 郑医师, TCM Food, TCM Herbs

What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterized by patches of red, inflamed skin with silvery scales. It affects millions of people worldwide, causing discomfort, pain, and emotional distress. Psoriasis in Chinese is 白疕 (Bai Bi), also known as 牛皮癣 (Niu Pi Xian) or 银屑病 (Yin Xie Bing). Risk factors of MS Psoriasis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, speeding up the skin cell production process. Instead of taking weeks to develop and shed, skin cells turnover in days, leading to the buildup of thick, scaly patches. These patches can appear anywhere on the body but commonly affect the elbows, knees, groin and genitals, scalp, and lower back. The exact cause of psoriasis remains unclear, but factors such as genetics, environmental triggers, stress, and a compromised immune system are believed to play a role. Managing psoriasis involves reducing inflammation, controlling the immune response, and promoting healthy skin regeneration. Immune System Dysfunction: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells triggering an overproduction of skin cells, leading to the characteristic symptoms of psoriasis, such as redness, inflammation, and the formation of skin plaques. Environmental Triggers: Various environmental factors can exacerbate psoriasis symptoms or trigger flare-ups. These triggers can include certain medications, infections, injury to the skin, and exposure to cold, dry weather. Unhealthy lifestyle such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and excessive alcohol consumption, can worsen psoriasis symptoms. Stress is also known to exacerbate psoriasis symptoms in many individuals. High levels of stress can trigger immune system responses that worsen inflammation and lead to more severe psoriasis flare-ups. These factors may not directly cause psoriasis, but they can contribute to the severity of the condition and make it more challenging to manage. Hormonal Changes: Hormonal changes, particularly fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels, may impact psoriasis symptoms. Women often report changes in psoriasis severity during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Psoriasis In TCM, psoriasis is often attributed to imbalances in the body’s internal environment, particularly related to blood circulation, heat, and dampness. Treatment with TCM can help to reduce clinical symptoms, delay recurrence, reduce the side effects of western medicine and to enhance one’s quality of life. Types of Psoriasis: Blood Heat (血热证) : skin lesions that are red in colour, often in dot-like pattern, dry lips and throat, constipation Blood dryness (血虚风燥证) : skin lesions that are pale red in colour, often in a patchy pattern, skin lesions are dry and will crack and bleed Blood stasis (血瘀证) : skin lesions that are dark red in colour, often thick Dampness (湿毒蕴积证) : skin lesions that are red in colour, often wet, found usually in areas of the body where there are folds; joints feel sore and swollen, and heaviness in the lower limbs How TCM can help? TCM Treatments aim to slow down progression of the illness, reduce the frequency and severity of flare ups, and manage symptoms such as alleviate itch and decrease skin lesions. TCM takes on a holistic perspective, viewing psoriasis as an imbalance in the body. TCM psoriasis treatments focus on restoring harmony to the body’s internal systems, alleviating symptoms by addressing the root causes from within. Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and restore balance. For psoriasis, acupuncture can help regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve blood circulation. By targeting acupuncture points associated with the lungs, spleen, and kidneys, acupuncture can address underlying imbalances contributing to psoriasis symptoms. Herbal Medicine: Chinese herbal medicine are tailored to individual needs. Herbal formulations for psoriasis often include ingredients with anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and blood-circulating properties. Common herbs used in TCM prescriptions for psoriasis include rehmannia, honeysuckle, sophora, and dittany bark. These herbs work synergistically to alleviate symptoms and address underlying imbalances. Psoriasis is a complex and challenging condition that requires a comprehensive approach to management. It’s essential to consult with a qualified TCM practitioner to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to individual needs and preferences.
Improving AMH and Fertility with TCM: Acupuncture and Herbs Show Promise

20 Mar 2024

By: Yi Ting Na

Blog, Acupuncture, Fertility, IVF, Latest and Newest about TCM Singapore Blog | Yi TCM, Physician Na 蓝医师, TCM Herbs

Basic terms you need to know and understand: Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is a marker (identified through blood tests) that helps indicate a female’s ovarian reserve. Diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) refers to a reduction in the follicles present in the ovaries, as indicated by a low AMH value and a decreased antral follicle count (AFC), which often results in poorer fertility outcomes. DOR can be caused by various factors such as ovarian surgeries and endometriosis. Currently, we are witnessing a trend of an increasing number of women being diagnosed with DOR. Does TCM treatment help improve AMH? We have observed patients whose AMH levels rose after undergoing TCM treatment. However, is this merely a chance occurrence, or is there scientific rationale behind TCM treatments aiding in AMH improvement? Should women with low AMH consider trying TCM treatments to enhance their levels?A meta-analysis¹ encompassing 13 randomized controlled trials involving 787 patients with DOR revealed that acupuncture significantly reduces FSH levels, increases Antral Follicle Count (AFC), and boosts AMH levels (P<0.05). It further indicated that a high dose of acupuncture (≥10 acupuncture points) exhibits superior efficacy in enhancing these parameters compared to a low dose of acupuncture (<10 acupuncture points). Combining acupuncture with Chinese herbs also notably reduces FSH and FSH/LH ratio while elevating AFC.This study suggests that TCM treatments such as acupuncture and TCM herbs effectively lower FSH levels observed in patients with diminished AMH. Additionally, these treatments contribute to increased follicle counts and AMH levels.Another clinical trial demonstrated that electro-acupuncture (usually included therapy in our specialized acupuncture without additional charges) can enhance embryonic development and egg quality². A potential explanation for this clinically observed phenomenon is that acupuncture and TCM herbal treatment enhance blood circulation to the uterus and ovaries, thereby stimulating dormant follicles to mature. This, in turn, improves AMH levels, AFC, and egg quality, offering significant benefits to patients undergoing fertility treatments or attempting conception naturally, as well as those considering IUI and IVF.While further research is warranted to fully understand how TCM treatments improve AMH, AFC, and egg quality, individuals embarking on their fertility journey might consider exploring these options. Consult with TCM physicians to learn more about these treatments and their suitability for your specific needs. Do Physicians at Yi TCM have knowledge on AMH? At Yi TCM, we have a profound interest in fertility concerns and have dedicated ourselves to extensive research and knowledge sharing regarding AMH and its relevance to reproductive health. Renowned for our empathetic handling of fertility cases, we collaborate closely with Western medical practitioners to address our patients’ AMH concerns. Through the application of acupuncture and Chinese traditional medicine (TCM) herbal remedies, we have successfully aided many patients in improving their AMH levels. However, it’s important to understand that these treatments require patience and commitment, as there are no instant or miraculous overnight solutions. Rest assured, our physicians will thoroughly assess your entire fertility health before recommending any course of treatment. ¹Lin G, Liu X, Cong C, Chen S, Xu L. Clinical efficacy of acupuncture for diminished ovarian reserve: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2023 Aug 2;14:1136121. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2023.1136121. PMID: 37600702; PMCID: PMC10433735.²Xiang S, Xia M-F, Song J-Y, Liu D-Q, Lian F. Effect of electro-acupuncture on expression of IRS-1/PI3K/GLUT4 pathway in ovarian granulosa cells of infertile patients with polycystic ovary  syndrome-insulin resistance of phlegm-dampness syndrome. Chin J Integr Med (2021) 27(5):330–5. doi:  10.1007/s11655-020-3219-z
Optimizing Stroke Recovery: A Comprehensive Timeline and Supportive Approaches with TCM

14 Mar 2024

By: Tian Chi Peh

Physician Peh 白医师, Latest and Newest about TCM Singapore Blog | Yi TCM

“Recovery is a process. It takes time and patience. Never give up and let us help you rebuild your strength together” Stroke is a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain, resulting in the loss of neurological function. It happens when blood flow is cut off by either blockage or rupture of blood vessels. Symptoms of a stroke will show up in the body parts that are controlled by the damaged areas of the brain. Every stroke patient has their own recovery timeline depending on the severity of stroke and its complications; despite that, the progression of stroke recovery timeline is rather similar. Timeline of Stroke Recovery   1st 24hours: Identify a Stroke When a stroke is suspected, you will be admitted to the emergency department. Doctors will identify the type of stroke you suffered from and immediately commence treatment. Rehabilitation will start quickly during the early stages of spontaneous recovery when the brain is rapidly trying to restore from an injury. The severity of stroke ranges from mild to severe. There are people who can recover fast – within 24hours – , while some may need to be placed in the intensive care unit for monitoring. When a patient visits the TCM clinic at this stage, the physician will call ambulance immediately once a stroke is suspected. 1 few weeks: Initial Recovery Phase Depending on the severity and complexity of your stroke, doctors and therapists will evaluate your condition and provide a treatment plan for you. Depending on your recovery, you may be discharged. Once you are ready for rehabilitation, you may continue rehab exercises with the therapists at home or the inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation center.  After discharge, you may visit TCM clinic or engage in TCM house call treatments to speed up the recovery process.  Acupuncture is one of the most commonly used practices to treat a post-stroke patient, it helps to recover the affected body and brain functions. 1st 3 months: Intensive Recovery Phase This is the most important phase where you may see rapid improvement in your progress. Keep in mind that you may experience seizures, second stroke or other complications anytime after a stroke. This is why it is important to work with a good support team who will closely monitor your condition while trying their best to reduce your chances of having recurrent strokes. This is a crucial phase where acupuncture can effectively stimulate the brain and speed up the healing; this will help to enhance rehabilitation therapy too.  Some physicians may prescribe Chinese medicine during this phase to improve body conditions and support recovery. 3-6 months: Continual Recovery Phase  Many stroke patients’ recovery rate will start to plateau here to see your progress slowing down. The doctors and therapists will continue to monitor your condition while you try to reclaim your independence such that you are able to handle activities of daily living (ADL) with minimum support. Some patients will continue to regain functions during this period while others may have ongoing impairments.  Patients may find that their circulation and constitution have weakened after the stroke.  In this regard, acupuncture plays a supportive role in helping the body optimize the meridian system while promoting better circulation. It also plays an crucial role in staving off the plateau that sees much slower recovery progress.  Physicians may encourage the use of Chinese medicine or emphasize Chinese Medicine oriented food nutrition to support the body in a more holistic manner. This is the phase when you learn to adapt to permanent lifestyle changes with care and support by family and medical care team. Your recovery is ongoing as long you never give up working on it. Some patients take up to a few years to regain their speech ability and mobility functions.  Physician will assess each patient’s condition and provide an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan to optimize their recovery in this phase while preventing recurrent stroke.