Arthritis

Best time to exercise in the day

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This is shared by an 85 years old healthy man who is active and is a chi kung teacher. Today he drives around and is very mobile and active after taking up chi kung. According to him, the best time to exercise is during 7am to 10am. He said that many people may think that [...]

Knee beating with bamboo stick to clear blockages and reduce pain

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When I was down in Singapore, I had the chance to witness ….and being on the receiving end of a beating by a Chinese traditional healer using fine bamboo strips. Before the beating is done, the healer who first press on a few acupressure points to determine the cause of the problem. He would then [...]

Lower back pain and when one cannot afford ongoing treatments

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Just yesterday, my uncle shared with me about the constant back pain that he was experiencing for decades. It started decades ago while he was loading a huge basket of fruits up in a lorry. Suddenly he heard a twisting sound followed by such an intense pain that he could not straighten his back. That [...]

Why drinking too much tea can cause stiffness and pain

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Now, in traditional diets in India which contained heavy spices and oil, drinking tea is fine as it helps to cool down the effects of heavy spices and oil. Therefore, those who eat diets that are heavy in spice and oil would need to take tea. Even after a dish of fried rice or Hokkien [...]

Controversies surrounding mind-body-spirit medicine

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Lately in this blog, I have been featuring articles connecting the role of our outlook, attitudes, personality and how we deal with emotions on how they affect health ailments that we may have in our bodies. The mind-body-spirit connection in health and healing has many controversies and in this article, I will attempt to address [...]

Story of a lady with arthritis, joint pain and high uric acid

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This is not the only case I have of someone with such condition. But Anne’s story (not her real name) can offer an insight on how our personalities can map out certain specific health conditions. Anne is almost 70 years old now. She had suffered from arthritis, joint pain and high uric acid. If she as much as [...]

Knee pain- to go for knee surgery or not?

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Someone I know, who is obese had been suffering from knee pain lately. Usually she does not move around much and is quite sedentary. When she saw the specialist, she was told that her cartilage had dried out because there was no more synovial fluid. The suggested option was knee replacement surgery to be done [...]

Foods to Avoid if You Have Joint Pains or Arthritis

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If you suffer from joint pains (especially during cold weather), or any form of arthritis (such as osteoarthritis), TCM doctors would generally tell you to avoid these foods/drinks: 1. Coconut water 2. Any form of iced water 3. Tea, any form, especially the Ceylonese tea. But if you take oily dishes, you may have a [...]