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Gaofang: Keep Your Body Strong This Winter

“If you get good Gaofang tonic in winter, you can kill a tiger in the spring.”   TCM does a great job addressing winter health and treating seasonal illnesses, due to its focus on strengthening the body to live in harmony with nature. Common winter ailments like colds and coughing can be effectively treated with herbal decoctions and acupuncture. Today, we’ll share how an ancient Chinese tonic can improve your overall health...

Getting Help for Back Pain in Shanghai

Back Pain: The World’s Single Leading Cause of Disability Almost 80% of adults experience back pain at some point. In fact, it’s one of the most common medical conditions and the leading cause of missed work. Those of us in Shanghai are far from immune to this problem. Online chat groups seem to be filled with questions about back pain and Body & Soul gets daily inquiries. Actually, Shanghai expats may...

Medical Massage and Tuina for Back Pain

As part of our series about treating back pain in Shanghai, Body & Soul practitioners share how they can help you if you’re suffering from acute or chronic back pain. Medical massage, and specifically TCM’s tuina, offers back pain relief and complements other healing treatments. Learn more about how it differs from your standard spa massage and what you can expect from massage treatment. Medical Massage as Part of Back Pain...

Knee Pain: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Knee pain is a common complaint that may arise from injury (trauma/acute injury or old injuries), wear and tear, arthritis, or mechanical problems. Knee pain is on the rise with people’s changing lifestyles.  Prolonged office hours and immobility cause increased wear and tear on the joints, including the knee. Additionally, sitting leads to weak muscles, which means the body can’t function as intended. Some patients also come in with pain...