Traditional Chinese Medicine commonly referred to as TCMis a Chinese medical practice dating back to the 1950s. It first started in China and has subsequently spread its roots over the world. TCM has been increasing in popularity over the years so let’s take a look at some of the frequently asked questions about TCM in Singapore.
1. What is TCM good for?
TCM may be beneficial for people with illnesses or syndromes that are harder to diagnose. Some of the conditions includes allergies, autoimmune disorder, persistent fatigue, digestive bloat, etcetera.TCM provides many benefits as the medicine provided is catered directly to the patient’s needs. The herbal formulars are adjusted accordingly to the right amounts necessary for the patient. TCM usually comes in liquid form as they are known to be stronger than a medication in pill form. Overall, TCM is beneficial as it promotes the body’s ability to heal as a whole.
2. Does TCM need a longer time to work then western medicine?
Similar to western medicines, the results of TCM can occur within minutes for minor illnesses like a cough or cold while the results for more chronic illness will take a longer time to show. TCM requires the patient to take the herbal medicines over a period of time to see its effectiveness.
3. Is TCM Reliable?
TCM is a relatively safe and reliable treatment method just like any other recognised medical methods in the world. Chinese herbal medicines are safe and prepared by trained and knowledgeable practitioner who have years of experience in the Chinese medical field. The medications distributed in Singapore are regulated by the Health Science Authority (HAS) and are safe for consumption.
4. Is TCM Recognised in Singapore?
TCM is recognised in Singapore and the medical professionals in the field are required to possessed the approved qualifications. However, it is important to take note that some employers and/or organisations do not accept a Medical Certificate (MC) that is produced by a TCM.
5. Can TCM practitioners diagnose every illness just by taking the pulse?
Pulse diagnosis allows the practitioner to retrieve information from the patient through the signals that are present in the body and organs. The pulse indicates the overall health of the patient and also the strength of energy (Qi). However, the TCM practitioner is not able to diagnose every illness by just taking the pulse. There are other examinations like tongue examination to analyse the condition of the patient. The TCM practitioner would have to communicate and also examine the patient before being able to come out with a diagnosis.
6. How Can I find a good TCM doctor in Singapore?
There are many different TCM clinics in Singapore and some of the medical practitioners are more experienced than others. It is important to do the necessary research about the clinics and practitioner before making an appointment. A good way to find a reputable TCM doctor in Singapore would be to ask your friends and family members who have visiting a TCM clinic. They would be able to share their experiences and also give honest opinions about the treatment. Another way is to also communicate well with the practitioner that you are visiting, effective communication will help the practitioner understand your body better and provide an effective treatment.