Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution (Yishun) Preventive Care Centre was officially opened in 2019 with the aim of promoting and advocating the TCM idea of ‘Prevention is better than cure’ through a variety of TCM specialty treatments that cater to the needs of different body constitutions.
Some 2000 years ago, the idea of “Prevention is better than cure” has been recorded in one of the most ancient TCM books – The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. Adapted from a verse from the classic: ‘For the sage do not cure those who are already plaque by illnesses, but those who have yet to show any symptoms; Do not try to restore order when disorder had already happened but before it happens.’
When the sage treats, they do it before the symptoms are completely reflected on a person, which emphasizes prevention rather than treatment. If we were to only start actively seeking treatment when the illness has been fully developed, that is equivalent to digging a well when you are thirsty. Isn’t that a little too late?
In our current society, the immense work stress and fast-paced life are major causes of people overlooking their mental and physical health, resulting in sub-health conditions, which may continue to develop into illnesses. Hence, early prevention and treatment are the keys to better health. As more and more diseases and illnesses are starting to affect even the younger population, it is important that we make use of TCM to maintain our health!
In a book written by Professor Wang Qi from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, he introduces the concept of body constitutions, the prevention and treatment of related illnesses according to the different types of body constitutions as well as their respective health management.
There are nine types of body constitutions – Balanced, Qi-deficient, Yin-deficient, Yang-deficient, Phlegm-dampness, Heat-dampness, Blood Stasis, Qi-stagnation, and Inherited special constitution. Different body constitutions have their own unique body physique, physiological, and psychological characteristics, pathologic reaction, and predisposition. Therefore, through understanding our body constitution, we can then find the most suitable and appropriate treatment and health management methods to achieve a better curative effect and maintain good health.
Combining the central idea of ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and the TCM body constitutions, SCHMI Preventive Health Centre is offering a range of TCM specialty treatments as listed below:
BLK 215 Yishun Street 21, #01-301, Singapore 760215 Tel: 6756 7830
HQ OFFICE & TOA PAYOH BRANCH:
640 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh Singapore 319522
BLK 679 Woodlands Avenue 6 #01-710 Singapore 730679
Tel: 6366 3246
BUKIT PANJANG BRANCH:
BLK123 Pending Road, #01-42 Singapore 670123
Tel: 6766 7576
BLK 215 Yishun Street 21, #01-301 Singapore 760215
Tel: 6756 7830
JOO CHIAT BRANCH:
291 Joo Chiat Road, JK Centre #02-01 Singapore 427543
Tel: 6444 8727
8 Sinaran Drive, #03-01 VIVA Hub, Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore 307470
Tel: 6334 1290