According to the 2010 National Health Survey published in 2011, more than one in six Singaporeans aged 18–69 suffer from high total blood cholesterol. Can TCM keep cholesterol levels down?
What is Cholesterol?
While there is no clear term or definition for cholesterol in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is usually associated with the dysfunction of the Spleen and Liver. Disruptions to the functions of these organs due to poor lifestyle and diets will affect the accumulation of cholesterol in the body.
Chew Siew Tiang, a registered TCM physician with the Eu Yan Sang clinic at East Coast Road, comments, “Males, the aged, and those who overeat and are inactive have a higher risk of getting high cholesterol. Females may face an increased risk after menopause due to a decrease in plasma oestrogen levels. Look out for signs in your family history—a male family member affected by heart disease before 55, or a female family member before 65.”
According to Physician Chew, symptoms of high cholesterol include: