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Overview

At Raffles Chinese Medicine, we use several treatment methods to manage your condition. Each method can either be used on its own, or in combination with some others. Our experienced traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) physicians are qualified to deliver these treatment methods in a safe setting.

We provide the following services at Raffles Chinese Medicine: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Auricular Therapy, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tui Na Therapy and Paediatric Massage.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Each of us has a unique body constitution, which is influenced by hereditary traits, environmental factors and lifestyle habits.

TCM Herbal MedicineTCM’s approach to treating diseases takes into account your body constitution and targets the root cause to address your symptoms. It aims to help you regain internal balance and strengthen your body’s resistance to diseases. This can be done through herbal prescriptions, which can consist of sachets of purified concentrated herbal granules, or come in pill or capsule form. Consumption is convenient: just dissolve the herbal granules in hot water and consume the resulting brew; for pills and capsules, take with a glass of warm water.

Our physicians prescribe herbal medications to treat various health issues including:

  • Fertility
  • Skin conditions
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Neurological conditions
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Sub-health

Acupuncture

TCM AcupuntureAcupuncture involves inserting thin, sterile needles into your body to stimulate specific acupoints. It is based on the TCM concept that energy, or Qi, circulates throughout our body along energy pathways called meridians.  Each meridian is connected to a specific organ system and has important stimulation points situated along it, called acupoints.

In a healthy person, Qi flows smoothly along the meridians, and energy is well-dispersed throughout the channels. Energy flow may be disrupted by a variety of pathogenic (disease-causing) factors, such as wind, cold or dampness. This causes the energy flow to be imbalanced within the body, and pain or symptoms will arise.  Acupuncture will restore your internal energy balance and activates your body’s natural ability to heal.

Acupuncture can be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Pain management
  • Sports injuries
  • Fertility enhancement
  • Men’s and women’s health issues
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Neurological disorders

It can also be used for:  

  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Weight management
  • Insomnia, fatigue, poor memory and depression

Auricular Therapy

Auricular therapy is a therapeutic method that involves stimulating acupoints in the ear to treat various disorders. 

Auricular AcupointsThe ear is a microcosm of the whole body. It contains acupoints or auricular points, which represents internal and other anatomical structures. By stimulating these auricular points, the functions of the body’s internal organs and structures can be regulated

Auricular therapy can treat various conditions such as:

  • Addiction
  • Insomnia
  • Appetite reduction to combat obesity
  • Pain management
  • Myopia in children 

Treatment may be carried out using thin sterile needles or non-invasive ear seeds.

Auricular acupoints may be stimulated for a longer period of time with ear seeds. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant. Adhesive tape holds these seeds in place, and may be replaced every three to five days. The acupoints are stimulated by applying gentle pressure on the pellets for one minute each, two to three times a day. 

Cupping

Cupping is a treatment method that is used to:

  • Relieve myofascial tension, neck, shoulder and backaches
  • Dispel toxins and promote Qi-Blood circulation to aid in the treatment of a variety of conditions ranging from acne, cough to weight-loss
  • Relieve stress and improve general well-being 

TCM CuppingIt involves applying suction to affected areas or acupoints using special cups made of glass or plastic. This suction loosens the soft tissue and increases microcirculation in the area. 

Depending on your condition, different cupping techniques may be used: 

  1. Stationary cupping: Cups are placed on your body for five to ten minutes
  2. Flash cupping: Cups are quickly placed and removed from the body
  3. Glide cupping: Lubricant is applied to allow cups to glide back and forth on the skin painlessly 

Cupping therapy is often complemented with Chinese herbal medication or acupuncture.

Moxibustion

TCM MoxibustionMoxibustion is a form of herbal heat therapy. It strengthens immunity, improves Qi-Blood circulation and dispels pathogenic factors such as cold and dampness.

Moxibustion is suitable for those with a TCM diagnosis of Yang deficiency or Qi-Blood stagnation. It commonly used in the treatment of women’s health and fertility issues, chronic pain, and gastrointestinal diseases. 

Moxibustion is often complemented with Chinese herbal medication or acupuncture.

Tui Na Therapy

Tui Na, or acupressure, is a traditional Chinese massage. It uses a variety of manual therapeutic techniques to treat chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions and stress-related disorders. Tui Na techniques can relax tense myofascia and tight muscle groups to reduce meridian blockages and promote Qi-Blood circulation.

People with the following conditions are not advised to undergo Tui Na

  • Suspected fractures, strains, and injuries that are accompanied with radiculopathy
  • Tumours, tuberculosis and bone infections
  • Early acute joint sprains with severe swelling
  • Acute soft tissue contusions with severe swelling
  • Severe heart and lung diseases
  • Bleeding or blood vessel disorders
  • Presence of infected skin and wounds in the selected regions
  • Pregnant or menstruating women
  • Elderly people with weak constitutions or osteoporosis

Paediatric Massage

TCM Baby MassageMany children suffer from recurring bouts of flu, cough, asthma, diarrheoa, constipation, poor appetite and other disorders that may affect their growth if left untreated.    

Paediatric massage stimulates special acupoints, which are beneficial to children aged between 6 months to 12 years old. Gentle and light pressure is applied as children are more sensitive to touch. 

Through enhancing energy flow, paediatric massage improves your child’s organ function and strengthens your child’s immune system

Besides treatment and prevention of diseases, paediatric massage can also ease any emotional stress your child may be experiencing.