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What is traditional Chinese medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a holistic medical system which combines the use of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, massage, and movement exercises to bring the body into balance. While informed by conventional modern medicine, it is built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice, and both these practices have increasingly been contributing to each other’s mutual development over the last few decades.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are so fine that people having treatment for the first time are surprised that it does not feel like an injection. It is common to feel a dull ache around the needles, which is considered a sign of therapeutic activity in the acupuncture points. Most people find acupuncture treatment highly relaxing and of great therapeutic value.

Are acupuncture needles sterile?

As a member of the Federation of Chinese Physicians & Acupuncturists Associations Malaysia, we are bound by a strict code of ethics and are obliged to use single-use, pre-sterilised needles which are immediately disposed after use. These hygiene and safety standards are mandated by the Ministry of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

How many treatment sessions do I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. Treatment is commonly offered in courses of 5 to 6 weekly sessions after which the need for further treatment is discussed. This is of course not a general rule as in some cases, like with sudden acute pains, it may take only one or two sessions to achieve results; while in others, like infertility treatment, may take several months.

Do I have to choose between conventional healthcare or TCM?

No, many people use traditional Chinese medicine to complement conventional modern medical treatment as well as other modalities. We also do not encourage our patients to abandon conventional treatment.

Why was I recommended herbs?

Herbal therapy is one of the foundational therapies of traditional Chinese medicine. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever or acute pain. Your therapist may suggest starting with herbs and then adding acupuncture or other modalities to your treatment in the future. This is suggested to build up your internal strength so you can receive the full benefits the other treatments has to offer.

Are the herbs safe to use?

We source our raw and loose herbs from suppliers certified and registered with the Federation of Chinese Physicians and Medicine Dealers Associations of Malaysia (FCPMDAM). Processed herbal medicine are sourced from suppliers registered with the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau of the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. These help to ensure that the herbs and herbal medicine are free of harmful substances and come from a reputable source.

Can I take my normal medication after TCM?

Yes, we always takes into account any medications or other remedies that you are taking and aims to prevent interactions between different remedies. This is done by carefully choosing the herbs contained in your formula and giving you advice on how to space the dosages of different remedies to avoid unwanted chemical reactions.

If you have any further questions about TCM, please contact us. We may put your question up on this FAQ page.

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