Tuina: Ancient Chinese Healing Techniques

This ancient Chinese healing technique was not always known as Tuina, but has always been relied upon to relieve injuries. WHAT IS TUINA? Tuina practitioners brush, knead, roll, press and rub an injured person’s body, using their palms, fingertips and knuckles to remove blockages along the meridians of the patient’s body to stimulate qi and blood to promote healing. As […]

Recharge Your Batteries With This Fungus

Remember the team of female runners from China that dominated long-distance running from early- to mid-1990s? They were dubbed Ma’s Army because their coach was Ma Junren. In addition to his tough training regimen, Ma attributed his charges’ amazing performances to a diet that included turtle’s blood and a curious animal-vegetable hybrid known as cordyceps. […]

Alleviating Hypertension Naturally

Life Lesson Blessed with a solid build and bulging biceps, the ruddy-faced Kheng, an entrepreneur in his mid-30s, looks like he’s in the pink of health. Many people are thus surprised to learn that the fit father of one, who counts fencing and jogging among his hobbies, has been grappling with hypertension for over a […]

5 Classifications of Excessive Sweat

1. Deficient Lung, Defensive Qi Symptoms: flu, fatigue, pale complexion, aversion to wind while perspiring Treatment Principle: replenish qi Prescription: Yu Pin Feng pills 2. Disharmony of Nutritive & Defensive Qi Symptoms: sweating, pain, feeling hot and cold Treatment Principle: watch diet Prescription: cinnamon twig soup 3. Heart-Blood Deficiency Symptoms: spontaneous or night sweating, heart […]

No Sweat

Perspiration is a normal bodily function. The human body contains up to five million sweat glands, which release perspiration to the surface when our body temperature rises. When the fluid on our skin surface evaporates, we cool down. This is the body’s way of maintaining our body temperature at an average of 37°C. Sometimes, though, […]

9 tips to promote sleep

1. Avoid overeating during dinner. Eating too late, too fast or too much for dinner may cause stagnation of food, which could give rise to sleep discomfort that is accompanied by stomach bloatedness, epigastric distension or acid reflux. Avoid eating food that is difficult to digest during dinner. 2. Maintain proper work-rest balance. Your body […]

Bid Tension Goodbye

When she started to experience aches in her neck and shoulders several years back, 38-year-old Madam Ke Meiyun* brushed it off, believing it was part and parcel of her high-stress position as a Finance Director.  But when the pain began to last longer than usual, Madam Ke started to suffer from headaches, dizziness and numbness in her fingers. “Doctors, sports doctors, chiropractors—you name it, I’ve […]

Fighting Fatigue

By Natura Magazine Strategies for dealing with different manifestations of fatigue. Caffeine has been the world’s most popular psychoactive drug among workers since it was first widely used during the dawn of the Industrial Age, keeping labourers awake and busy beyond the course of their natural body clocks. We face more threats to our health […]

Ways To Maintain A Healthy Weight

High-fat, high-sugar diets and the lack of physical exercise are the major factors behind problems with being overweight and other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. In TCM, being overweight is generally regarded as a sign that imbalances exist in the body. The root causes of these imbalances have to be addressed […]

Cough – A TCM Perspective

When you cough, it is due to your body’s natural reaction of clearing the irritants in your throat and airways. If your cough persists for a long period of time or if you produce unusual secretions (of mucus or blood), it may signal some underlying health conditions that require medical attention. TCM physicians take into […]