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Finger Massage to Nourish the Body

There is an idiom in Chinese, Shi Zhi Lian Xin(十指连心), that means the nerves of the fingertips are linked with the heart. Four simple words show the importance of our fingers. The fingers have many nerve endings and acupoints, which can show many things about the person’s health situation. In TCM therapy, every finger corresponds to an organ in our body, reflecting associated health problems. When you have a particularly...

Got Warts?

Verruca vulgaris is the common wart. They are caused by infection with human papillomavirus. Such warts can develop anywhere on the skin and frequently appear on the cuticle (the skin at the base of the nail) and sometimes the area beneath the nail. Nail-biting can spread this infection. Symptoms Common warts usually occur on your fingers or hands and on the feet, maybe: Small, fleshy, grainy bumps Flesh-colored, white, pink or tan ...

Preventing Injuries at the Gym

Chinese New Year is coming and there are several new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Shanghai. We should be vigilant, wash our hands frequently, wear masks, and avoid gathering in crowds. It is also wise to focus on improving immunity and strengthening our bodies through exercise. Exercise is a good way to improve immunity. However, we can find ourselves with sports injuries due to varying fitness levels and types of exercise. What is...

The Role of Stress in Pain and Injury

One of the most common questions during a consultation is “How long will it take for me to get better?” This is not a straight forward question to answer as might be expected because there are many important factors to consider. As a general rule, the longer a person has had the symptoms and the more severe the symptoms, the longer it will take to respond to treatment. One major influence...

Look Good, Feel Good: Winter Skin Tips

Skin is a vital protective organ and is also the biggest organ in our body. It both protects us and shows signs of our inner health and how our environment is affecting us. And, in Shanghai, our skin has a lot of protecting to do since the difference between seasons can be so dramatic. While summer is extremely hot and very humid (up to 80%), winter is very cold and dry...

Facial Asymmetry and Jaw Discomfort: TMJ

When you are looking in the mirror or taking photos, sometimes you will find that the left and right sides of your face are different (or asymmetric). Or, you may experience difficulty opening your mouth when eating or even have pain. Today, we will learn about the main cause of these symptoms: temporomandibular joint, also knew as TMJ,  disorders. Pain is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ. The pain...

Body & Soul Holds TCM Workshop for Mandarin Inn

On Sunday, December 13th, Dr. Zheng Shu Hua from Body & Soul Medical Clinics led a workshop entitled “Following the Route of Traditional Chinese Medicine” at Mandarin Inn. Mandarin Inn is a Chinese School located in a 100-year-old historical building in Shanghai. Twelve people attended to discover more about TCM, from its roots to what it has to offer for health and wellbeing in the modern world. Traditional Chinese Medicine: Background With...

How to get a better night’s sleep

Sleeping disorder is a common syndrome with a prevalence of  9-15% in the population worldwide[1]. It is commonly due to factors such as stress, chronic disease, medications, and consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. The sleeping disorder may lead to fatigue, poor performance in daytime activities, and mood swings. Although it is not a critical illness, it can significantly impact people’s life, work, studies, and health. Patients who have the sleeping...

Seven Things You Should Not Do After Running

With changing lifestyles, people are paying greater attention to health and exercise is becoming more popular. Exercise can not only strengthen the physique, but also, prevents many diseases. Running has been widely adopted by the public since it is a simple sport to start. Research shows that long-term adherence to a running routine can improve cardiopulmonary function, enhance immunity, strengthen the body, delay aging, eliminate tension, and improve sleep quality. However,...

Natural Treatment Options for High Blood Pressure

More and more people suffer from hypertension, with a trend of people getting it at a younger age. Many people think that because they are young and have no family history, they are safe from this condition. However, during their yearly health check-up, they suddenly find out that their blood pressure has increased. An occasional rise in blood pressure may not be a concern. Sometimes it is caused by the...