Busy women like me have a lot of stress, which after a time can manifest in our bodies. Because of my high career ambitions, I have to work very hard to achieve my dreams. When I started to feel continuous migraines and backaches, I didn’t think much of it in the beginning. I found them typical for someone with a similar lifestyle, so I tried to eat healthier and incorporate some exercise into my routine.
However, the problem did not go away, so a friend suggested visiting her Chinese Medicine clinic. I initially thought it would be a typical health center, but I was mistaken. Although they do provide massage therapy in FCM Ivanhoe, the clinic offers Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM treats every individual as a whole, restoring balance both physically and emotionally. Upon learning this, I began to understand why my friend made the recommendation. My complaints were not just a sign of exhaustion due to long working hours; it was a symptom of the emotional toll that everyday stress was bringing me.
My first time at my friend’s clinic even gave me an idea of the breadth and depth of their practice. They offer relief for those who suffer from conditions like digestive and respiratory disorders, internal medicine diseases, menstrual irregularities, side effects from chemotherapy, physical imbalances, and psychological turmoil. At the same time, they also provide fertility/IVF acupuncture treatment.
TCM’s approach is looking at the body and soul as part of a whole system, and this philosophy applies to their various offerings:
I emphasize the word medical because their massage therapy is totally different to the ones you get from your regular spa or health center. The “relaxing” version focuses on providing physical relief from stress and strain and gives you a chance to pamper yourself. It does not, however, bring about a lot of health benefits other than reducing minor aches.
The medical version, on the other hand, is concerned with restoring your health, especially if you have a specific injury or health complaint. Recurring backaches like mine, strain injuries or even a frozen shoulder can be healed this way. Moreover, chronic health conditions might also require a bit of massaging as part of a whole rehabilitation and pain management plan.
TCM philosophy believes that a healthy mind and body can be achieved when there is nothing blocking the flow of vital energy, called Qi, throughout one’s body. They believe that all organs are somehow interconnected and function together via Qi’s flow. An imbalance of this energy in any organ can then lead to disharmony in your whole body.
Acupuncture is a healing technique wherein needles are placed in the body, along the channels of Qi, called meridians. Without any illness, there is an unblocked flow of this energy. However, when a blockage exists, the flow is stopped and the organs do not get enough Qi. This can lead to pain, imbalance and sickness. The therapy aims to reduce or relieve these aches and stop it from developing into a more serious ailment.
Acupuncture has also been proven by the World Health Organization as having a positive effect on symptoms like a headache and migraine, neck and back pain, frozen shoulder, joint pain, arthritis and other diseases and conditions. In Western philosophy, this approach works because the needles stimulate the nervous system. This, in turn, jumpstarts the production of specific chemicals in the body that can either help the organs regulate themselves or reduce the pain perceived by the individual.
Various methods can help couples who have trouble in this aspect. Acupuncture is one option for both men and women who suffer from reproductive disorders and low fertility. TCM monitors hormone levels and the ovulation cycle to enable couples to conceive.
Couples who want go through IVF treatment can also benefit by combining that with TCM herbal therapy, along with the intake of hormones. This can lead to the woman being able to produce good quality eggs and create a good environment for fertilization. Once conception happens, the herbal supplements helps keep hormone levels good for the entire duration of the pregnancy.
After the visit, I became impressed with the principles Traditional Chinese Medicine, not just as a therapeutic option for my chronic back pain, but as a new perspective of health treatment. I realized that treating my physical body was only one side of the equation. Undergoing their medical massage eased me of suffering and helped restore my “balance” as well. As a satisfied customer, I would highly recommend these treatments for everyone experiencing any kind of disease or disorder.