Emotional disorders like stress, anxiety, mental fatigue and insomnia aren’t purely mental issues and are linked to internal organ systems in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
In TCM philosophy, stress, anxiety, depression or any strong emotion interrupts the smooth flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body, creating a kind of traffic jam within the meridians. Imagine in a motorway system, when there is any obstruction, traffic may be also backed up on other secondary roads that feed into or out of the affected area. This is true of the body as well. As such, many people who experience stress often manifest other physical symptoms such as headaches, upper back, shoulder and neck pain. This is because stress is causing tension in those areas, blocking the free flow of Qi, triggering pain and soreness.
Stress may affect many other parts of the body, most notably digestion, the ability to sleep and blood pressure, often aggravating an already troublesome health condition.
Through acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, these energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points serve as the “on and off” ramps to the energy highway, to enable smooth energy flow and alleviate the problems brought on by stress and anxiety.
From a Western viewpoint, acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol (a hormone related to stress) and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.
In the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing yet inseparable forces - Yin and Yang and that a healthy state is achieved by maintaining the body in a balanced state of Yin and Yang. Any imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of Qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. Over the past two thousand years, TCM has mapped out 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians, with hundreds of acupuncture or acupoints on the human body that interconnect with them.
These acupoints are located at sites that have a high density of neurovascular structures and are generally between or at the edges of muscle groups. Needling affects the cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of the naturally occurring opiate (pain-killing) substances: dynorphin (acting at spinal level), endorphin (acting within the brain), and encephalin (acting both in the brain and at a spinal level).
Researchers have found that people who got acupuncture ended up having less pain than those who didn't receive it. And the result was similar among different sources of pain, whether it was chronic back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, or headache.
Women have unique health care needs and we focus on addressing many indications specific to women. Some of the most common issues occur in conjunction with the menstrual cycle. If there is disharmony in the body, it can manifest as fluctuating hormones (PMS, long/short cycles, hormonal headaches, heavy or little bleeding, cramps, etc.) as well as other conditions like urinary disorders, thyroid conditions, endometriosis, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), to name a few.
There are many treatment protocols for women addressing various concerns at MY True Health, from cardiology to cancer care - and everything in between.
Food intolerance, bloating, flatulence, heartburn, burping, cramping, irritable bowel, and the list goes on….
At MY True Health we see patients with a variety of digestive disorders daily, ranging from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), fructose malabsorption, bacterial/parasitic/fungal infections to ulcerative colitis and diverticulosis. Especially when they are chronic, digestive disorders are multifaceted and have various causes that often differ from person to person.
We will discuss your diet, lifestyle and eating habits in addition to reviewing any available diagnostic and genetic evaluations (gluten intolerance, leaky gut, MTHFR mutations, inflammatory factors, etc) to determine the contributing factors to your digestive issues. Your sessions with us will combine treatments of acupuncture, dietary and nutritional advice. Where appropriate, herbal medicine and nutri-supplements may be prescribed to manage symptoms and address any nutritional deficits.
Many of our patients appreciate not only feeling better and experiencing improved digestion from their sessions, but also feeling empowered to have more control over how to stay healthy with improved lifestyle and dietary changes.
Peri-Menopause & Menopause
Peri-Menopause & Menopause
Natural menopause normally occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 56. As she moves closer to menopause, a woman many experience peri-menopausal symptoms caused by normal hormonal fluctuations. These symptoms can be broad-ranging and can span several years. Symptoms may present as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, fatigue, aches and pains, headache, weight gain, palpitations, urinary problems and risk of osteoporosis as oestrogen levels decline.
According to TCM theory, menopause is a natural process brought about by hormonal changes to slow down the loss of Jing or Vital Essence in the body. Jing is supportive and nutritive and is the basis of growth, development and reproduction in the body.
This natural transition into a woman’s next phase of life should not be fraught with difficulty. While Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a useful option for many women, there are inherent risks associated with its use. For those women who wish to lessen those risks, or those for whom HRT is not an option, such as in cases of ovarian or breast cancer, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may offer a valuable alternative.
Fertility & Pregnancy Support
**Fertility & Pregnancy Support** We are not offering this service until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine for subfertility have been very important aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Fertility was one of the main concerns of the royal families of China, since an heir was needed to maintain their dynasties.
In order for a woman to conceive, her body should be in optimal health with appropriate hormone levels, good quality eggs and regular periods. Our treatments aim to promote fertility and regulate menstruation through acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle practices (e.g. stress management). The duration of treatment varies. Usually, we recommend that a patient go through three full menstrual cycles with acupuncture treatments (combined with herbs if appropriate) to enable the body to make changes that enhance fertility.
Note: as of 2017, Mun-Yee is no longer taking any new patients undergoing an active cycle of IVF procedures (pre and post embryo transfers).
Many cancer survivors and people in active treatment are often drawn to the use of herbs and other dietary supplements. There are often many claims made for treating cancer and preventing recurrence. However, in many instances these sources, including those online, can offer conflicting and in some instances, questionable information.
It is with this in mind that Mun-Yee underwent training from the world renowned cancer hospital - the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York to assist her patients to:
identify dietary and nutritional supplements that may be beneficial in different types of cancer,
the challenges and limitations associated with dietary supplement use, and
be aware of the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements and herbal products.