Acupuncture is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves the insertion of fine hair-like needles into specific points on the body. These points lie on "channels" or pathways that guide the body's Qi. TCM considers Qi to be the energy or life force that drives all things in the body. This Qi can be accessed through specific acupuncture points. It is when the Qi is not balanced in the body that the body begins to show signs of disease or poor health. The acupuncture points are the acupuncturist's means to access the Qi and restores the body's equilibrium by correcting energetic imbalances resulting from internal and external causes.
Thus the treatment focuses on both the symptoms and the underlying cause. Using a wide range of diagnostic skills, we develop a treatment strategy that is both holistic and specific to each patient.
There are so many ways you may benefit from acupuncture. Many individuals report a sense of deep relaxation, improved sleep, reduction or elimination of pain, improved digestion, more energy and a sense of wellbeing.
Each person's experience with acupuncture will be different than the next and the number of visits an individual will need depends on how long or chronic an individual has had a certain condition. However, acupuncture should never be a substitute for seeking medical attention from a physician, especially in acute conditions.
The initial consultation plus treatment involves a comprehensive in-depth evaluation that typically lasts about 60-75 minutes whereby a thorough review of medical history and details of the current health issues are discussed. Daily activities such as lifestyle and dietary habits, physical activity, and psychological issues will also be noted. Follow-up visits are usually 45 minutes but may be 60-75 minutes depending on individual needs.
Physical examinations are performed as appropriate, at times followed by laboratory and/or diagnostic test recommendations if necessary.
We use fine, sterilised disposable needles. For those who have a sensitivity towards needles or simply prefer needle-free treatments, we also use other forms of acupoint stimulation such as laser acupuncture, acupressure as well as TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) micro-current stimulator.
Chinese herbal medicine is one of the oldest continuously practised medical systems in the world with a written history dating over 2,500 years. Single herbs are synergistically combined into formulas to address each person’s underlying pattern of disharmony, not merely the symptoms while stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners use Chinese medicinal formulations to create a balanced, synergistic effect that reflects the holistic nature of the diagnosis.
Chinese herbal medicine should be prescribed by a qualified practitioner of Chinese Medicine after a proper consultation. At MY True Health we generally use patented herbal formulas and where appropriate, specific formulations from compounding Chinese pharmacies based on individual needs.
Nutrition and Dietary Therapy is an integral component of Chinese Medicine. In ancient Chinese society even prior to the advent of use of herbal medicine and acupuncture, foods were used to heal injuries, diseases and to build immunity.
Using food as medicine, Chinese dietary therapy is a powerful and practical daily approach to healing and health that does not necessarily restrict certain food groups like grains, sugar or gluten but instead tailors to the individual based on certain principles. Among these are:
thermal energies of foods (e.g. we consume more “cooling’ foods like cucumber, watermelon, fresh salads when there is excess heat in the body);
different physical constitutions (e.g. a robust individual is better able to handle raw foods compared to a frail elderly person);
eating based on seasonal change (e.g. we consume warming and nourishing foods like lamb, stews, roasted vegetables during the winter months)
flavours of food (pungent, sweet, sour, bitter, salty), e.g. pungent or spicy foods like onions and chilli have a warming action, promoting energy to move upwards and outwards to the body’s surface, promoting perspiration.
Thus there is generally no “good” or “bad” food in Chinese dietary context; there are appropriate foods for each individual, just as there are appropriate herbs for each individual depending on what the health needs are.
Trigger points are areas of hyper-irritability and contraction in the skeletal muscles and soft tissues. They can cause pain locally and in many instances, refer pain elsewhere in the body along nerve pathways, away from the source of constriction.
Trigger points often restrict range of motion, weaken muscles and if left untreated over time, can cause structural changes or dysfunction in the body's joints, tendons, muscles or bones especially in the elderly.
The TCM-equivalent of such trigger points are "ashi points", and indeed, many actual acupuncture points correspond to trigger point sites. Thus the use of acupuncture to release trigger points can be a very effective method of relieving pain. Please note that cupping and trigger point/myofascial release work are only offered as part of therapeutic approach as deemed necessary by the practitioner upon consultation.
Mun-Yee’s interest in integrative cancer management started in 1997 when her own mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer and underwent surgery with subsequent chemotherapy. It was discovered that she had a high risk of familial bowel cancer as her own mother (Mun-Yee’s grandmother) had previously succumbed to the same disease. It was then that Mun-Yee’s mother was introduced to acupuncture, nutritional/dietary therapy and supplements to manage and restore her strength and resilience to cope with the disease, surgery and side effects of chemotherapy.
More than 20 years on and now in her 80’s, Mun-Yee’s mother has survived and thrived after two further surgeries to remove new tumours. She has been tumour-free since 2004 and is a firm believer in prevention and regular surveillance, age-appropriate exercise, dietary therapy as well as nutritional and herbal supplements to augment her health.
Mun-Yee’s passion for integrative cancer management is not only deeply informed by her mother’s health struggle but also by her own determination in attaining the best possible outcome for those who go through such a physically and emotionally draining journey.
As an integrative Chinese Medicine practitioner, Mun-Yee is particularly focused on mind-body therapies to increase resilience and enhance quality of life in people with cancer. Her goal is to guide patients through the plethora of information on cancer care (which can be overwhelming and at times misleading) and integrate evidence-informed practices to complement conventional cancer therapies. She assesses the patient’s health history, current medical treatment and considers all aspects of health, including stress management, nutrition, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being before developing an appropriate protocol to improve their conditions and outcomes. By accompanying people with cancer in all stages of disease and recovery, she helps her patients manage symptoms that may arise from their cancer treatment, including pain, fatigue, insomnia, dry mouth, hot flashes, anxiety, and depression.