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Pampering, Pedicures….Problems!

Many people enjoy going to the spa or nail salon for a foot massage and pedicure. It’s a wonderful way to relax and treat your tired feet. But, as a podiatrist I see the downside of this pampering treatment. Patients sometimes come in with problems picked up at the nail salon such as sharp pieces of nail cutting into the toe, improperly cut/ingrown nails, infections and even injury.

Back To School: Tips for a Smooth Transition

Getting back to school may feel like a relief after long summer holidays. Many parents and kids are happy to return to a comfortable routine. But, like all change, going back to school can come with challenges. Your child might be starting school in a new country or returning from significant time in your home country. This could be the year you’ve chosen a new school. Or, the transition to upper grades, a new teacher or new classmates might be a source of anxiety. How can you help your child make a smooth adjustment?

Stay Cool, Shanghai! (Bonus: Cool-Down Smoothie)

Temperatures are rising…Shanghai summer is here! Shanghai isn’t just uncomfortable in summer but can be a perfect environment for illness. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), heat and dampness are two pathogens that can affect the body and cause diseases such as headaches, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, dehydration, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and loss of appetite. Here are some tips for staying cool and healthy this summer: Work-rest-balance Traditionally, the Chinese get up and...

Travel Rx: Healthy Summer Holidays

Summer holidays are approaching and many will make the most of it and travel home or to some fun locations. Travel can be demanding on the body, especially when crossing several time zones. Nothing derails fun holiday plans more quickly than illness or a serious case of jet lag. Here are a few of the most common problems brought on by the rigors of travel and some tips and solutions. Jet...

Suffering from Swelling? Find Relief with Specialized Massage

Lymphatic Drainage FAQs As the weather heats up, those who suffer from swelling often find their problems worsening. Fortunately, lymphatic drainage can provide relief and encourage healthy circulation. Sarah Trost, physiotherapist at Body & Soul, assists Shanghai residents with wellness, rehabilitation and pain management. She specializes in manual lymphatic drainage for patients suffering from lymphedema. She shares how lymphatic drainage works and answers some common questions. What is lymphatic drainage? Manual lymphatic drainage is...

What is Depression?

We all have unhappy times. Some days you feel disappointed, sad or just in a foul mood. Depression, when compared to such moody days, is much more comprehensive and profound. Changing seasons can worsen such feelings , as the body is trying to adapt to a changing environment. It’s wise to talk to someone you trust or seek professional help if you experience a period of persistent sadness, loss of interest...

The Weather’s Great, Why Aren’t You?

Notice that as the weather gets warmer your body and brain react in strange ways? Just as we’re experiencing beautiful weather, many people find themselves stuck inside with an illness. TCM has long understood this period of transition (and offers help). Spring is the season of rebirth, growth, blooming flowers and sunshine. Just as the environment is coming out of its state of winter passivity, so is the human body. TCM...

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system which is proven effective in treating a vast array of diseases naturally. Thanks to a combination of herbal medicine and acupuncture among other therapies, TCM treats the person as a whole by restoring balance physically and emotionally. TCM can naturally provide relief for the following conditions: Internal medicine diseases Digestive disorders Respiratory disorders Menstrual disorders and infertility Skin diseases Western therapies’ side...