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Traditional Chinese medicine centres see more children

Parents turning to them, especially for conditions for which Western medicine has no treatment

Published on Aug 25, 2013 8:29 AM

One would think this place in Kembangan was a preschool or tuition centre, as it is usually crowded with children and their parents on a weekday night.

But they are actually waiting their turn at Yu Guo Chinese Physician Acupuncture and Physiotherapy, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinic offering tui na or Chinese therapeutic massage.

As soon as the clinic opens for its evening session at 6.30pm, its seven massage beds fill up. Many of the patients are babies and toddlers receiving tui na or Chinese therapeutic massage for conditions such as coughs and colds, or colic.

Although much of TCM has yet to be scientifically proven, more parents are turning to it, especially in cases for which Western medicine has no treatment, like colic, or if they think their children are not getting better after seeing a general practitioner.

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"I don't want my child to take too much medicine. But for peace of mind, I still take him to Western doctors. TCM is more of a supplement."

HOUSEWIFE JANET TING, who has taken her three-year-old son for tui na sessions since he was just two months old