Do you constantly feel fatigued? Do you suffer from shortness of breath, irregular heart beat, poor memory, lack of stamina, and infections that are slow to heal, or don't heal at all?
You may just be one of millions of Malaysian men who suffer from poor blood circulation.
Believed in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to be the root cause of many modern diseases, poor blood circulation is found to be more rampant in urban men struggling to cope with the stresses of modern-day living.
Working long hours, unrelieved stress and a lack of exercise is believed to be the main cause of a sharp increase in degenerative conditions caused by poor blood circulation.
This is a condition that was previously mostly seen in middle-aged men, and those with hypertension, diabetes or arteriosclerosis. It is now seen increasingly in otherwise healthy men, and is a grave concern.
Those who suffer the condition often also experience symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, frequent urination, cold limbs, and lower back pain.
Other symptoms of poor blood circulation prevalent in men include:
- Chest pain
- Numbness and weakness in arms and legs
- Impaired or slurred speech
- Pain or cramping in leg and hip
- Slow recovery from aches and tiredness
- Slow healing sores or wounds
Ignoring these signs and symptoms can lead to serious health conditions, including the loss of limbs, heart attack and stroke.
Traditional Chinese medicinal prescriptions consist of herbs that treat "blood" troubles, and have the effect of regulating qi and blood to treat poor blood circulation. Treatment focuses on breaking the stagnation of qi and blood to return the proper flow of energy in pathways known as meridians.
Opening clogged meridians and allowing qi and blood to flow more freely through the body improves overall blood circulation, and this in turn improves all the above problems.
Medicated wine or tonic is one of the methods that have been used as a remedy for thousands of years. Its benefits include removing chills, improving digestion and immune system, regulating qi, promoting restful sleep, as well as regenerating and rejuvenating the body.
Medicated wine or tonic is known to be highly effective for improving these conditions and can be consumed by those with serious ailments under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. Those with alcohol content of 15% and below are deemed safe even for those who suffer from conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
This article is courtesy of Chinese Medicinal Practitioner Lim Sin Hoe of the Malaysian Chinese Physicians Association. The views expressed are those of the writer and readers are advised to always consult expert advice before undertaking any changes to their lifestyles. The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to the content appearing in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.