Think of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and unnerving thoughts of a dozen needles being inserted into your skin and circular blots of red popping up on your back may come to mind. Yet, TCM has managed to garner a steady following, with many flocking to its clinics to skip out on side effects that can come with Western medications.
Whether you’re experiencing throbbing back pain or the sniffles, consider booking a consultation at one of these 13 TCM clinics in Singapore to reap the manifold benefits of traditional medicine, from alleviating pain to relieving fatigue:
Note: The practices of TCM are based on the fundamental concept of restoring the flow of the body’s vital energy (qi) and not backed by actual scientific research. As such, don’t replace hospital visits with TCM sessions especially when dealing with serious illnesses.
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You might mistake Sin Chong TCM for a grocery store, but they’re a TCM clinic that also sells ready-packaged herbs and ingredients to treat ailments. It’s also one of the few TCMs in Singapore that specialises in cordyceps, a fungus that is known to increase energy levels and boost immunity.
Of its 6 outlets, only the ones at People’s Park Centre, Bedok Mall, and Ang Mo Kio Central have clinics. On top of dispensing TCM herbs, the clinic also has acupuncture, cupping, and tuina services. Consultations are $20/pax but seniors can score a $4 discount when they visit.
Full list of Sin Chong TCM locations.
With over 20 TCM clinics and tuina centres sprawled across Singapore, Ma Kuang should definitely be on your radar whether you live in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio or Tiong Bahru. Tuina takes it up a notch to go beyond working on your muscles and joints to dealing with the flow and distribution of your qi.
Don’t miss out on bringing your ah gong and ahma along for a TCM sesh as well – Ma Kuang offers an exclusive 10% discount on herbal medicines and consultations for seniors aged 60 and above.
You can also get your hands on house brand healthcare products from supplements for joint care to medicated plasters.
Book a session at Ma Kuang TCM Wellness Centre.
Full list of Ma Kuang locations.
TCM clinics are a dime a dozen, but few possess the modern equipment required for the most effective and speedy treatment.
Enter Ong Fujian Chinese Physician Hall, who hit its stride by boasting electrical traction beds and traction equipment for neck and herbal hydrotherapy respectively. These treatments are perfect for those suffering from neck pain or those looking to detox and boost their skin health in a herbal bath.
You can also get the most bang for your buck here because the clinic uses integrated treatment methods, which incorporates acupuncture, TCM massage and oral medicine. These procedures work best in synergy, providing you holistic treatment to make your whole body healthier.
Do note that consultations here are on a first-come, first-served basis with the exception of acupuncture and weight management, which require booking of appointments.
Address: 259 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427513
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, 2pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm | Sun 9am-12pm (Closed on Saturday and Public Holidays)
Contact: 6440 5698 | Ong Fujian Chinese Physician Hall website
Many of us are not able to escape frozen shoulders and stiff necks from being plastered to screens so often. Having treated thousands of patients since 1976, check out Great Wall Acupuncture Clinic to get relief for these symptoms or go for pain management treatments like tuina and guasha (scrapping).
You know you’ll be in good hands because the chief physician boasts 45 years of experience and an arsenal of accolades under his belt such as the Chief Physician Certificate – the highest level of certification awarded to TCM physicians.
The clinic is by appointment only. You can call ahead or make a booking on the Great Wall Acupuncture Clinic website.
Address: Blk 75-D Redhill Road #01-106 & #01-114, Singapore 154075
Contact: 6474 0869 | Great Wall Acupuncture Clinic website
The premium NovaHealth TCM Clinic is located just a stone’s throw away from Raffles Place MRT – perfect for office workers to get a midday pick-me-up with one of their 40-45 minute-long treatment sessions. But if you’re looking for a longer session on the weekends, you can also visit one of their family clinics, situated in neighbourhoods like Farrer Park and Eunos.
EMMA (Expert Manipulative Massage Automation) the robotic masseuse.
Image credit: NovaHealth TCM Clinic
The physicians here really know their onions, having undergone training for at least 2 years under renowned overseas hospitals with years of experience practising integrative medicine to boot. This means that they will make use of all appropriate therapies after taking into account every aspect of your lifestyle.
And if you think TCM is just a traditional ancient practice, think again. The future is now – and NovaHealth is rolling with the times because you can look forward to getting a massage from robots, and other innovative segments like electric pulse treatment.
Full list of NovaHealth TCM Clinic locations.
Many avoid acupuncture like the plague because they don’t think they can tahan the prickly painful experience of having a deluge of needles puncture their skin.
However, Sin Kang TCM is the only clinic that offers no-pain acupuncture using ultra-thin needles with guide tubes that help position them to minimise discomfort. This makes for a non-invasive and painless treatment for conditions like arthritis and headaches.
You can even opt for rejuvenating cosmetic facial acupuncture to deal with acne breakouts or facial lines and wrinkles – all pain-free of course.
All physicians and therapists here have a unique specialisation that they’re experienced in so you will get the best results and care whether you’re undergoing treatment for sprained ankles and lymphatic drainage or a simple detox to enhance your immunity.
Full list of Sin Kang TCM locations.
Committed to helping the less fortunate, Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution is a non-profit clinic; and on top of the already subsidised prices, many elderly and needy patients also receive 50% or even full waiver on treatments. A little upward of 500 physicians are volunteers not on payroll, with donations making up the bulk of the institution’s expenditure.
You can get a consultation for as low as $7, and physicians here are even trained in specialised fields like oncology (cancer) or alopeciology (hair loss) across their 7 clinic branches.
Full list of Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution locations.
Many young people now are unfamiliar with TCM or feel like it’s an old people thang, but bringing them to Kin Teck Tong may just spur a change of heart. 6 of the 7 clinic branches here are touted as “Modern Chinese Medical” branches, with all physicians and therapists being bilingual so non-Chinese folks don’t have to worry about giving the treatments a try as well.
Using advanced devices hailing from Japan, their 3D Microwave Therapy ($35) employs high frequency electromagnetic waves to stave off swelling and pain while boosting your immunity. You can also check out their Intermediate-Frequency Therapy ($35) that helps promote blood circulation and even tones your muscles through inducing tremors and muscle contractions.
Full list of Kin Teck Tong locations.
If you’re eyeing orthopaedic treatments like bone setting or posture correction, Aik Kong Tong TCM Clinic is where it’s at. They provide health conditioning services with a specialisation in bone pain, so you can look forward to adjustments to your joints that can aid movement and reduce any pain and tightness in your muscles.
With central locations at Sim Lim Square and Bras Basah Complex, the clinic has received rave reviews for treating chronic displacements or discomfort. Try their orthopaedic massage that stimulates your meridian channels as well as acupressure points to improve blood circulation for anti-aging and emotional benefits like reducing the effects of stress and trauma.
Sim Lim Square
Address: 1 Rochor Canal Road, #03-20A Sim Lim Square, Singapore 188504
Operating hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Contact: 9710 5992
Bras Basah Complex
Address: 231 Bain Street, #02-11 Bras Basah Complex Singapore, Singapore 180231
Operating hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Contact: 9710 5992
Image credit: Shanghai Chinese Medicine Centre
Physicians in the Shanghai Chinese Medicine Centre possess degrees in both Western medicine and TCM so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Their scientifically-formulated traditional herbal medicine is also available for grabs in sachet powder form – a godsend for those who don’t have the time and energy to brew up herbal decoctions.
You should also check out their Family Wellness Package ($800), which lets you rope in the entire fam bam to undergo treatments and conditionings. A physician will be assigned to your family so they can better prescribe treatments according to your genetic needs. A plus point is that you get an extra $100 credit added to the package immediately when you sign up.
Address: Blk 925 Yishun Central 1, #01-243, Singapore 760925
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Thu 9.30am-12pm, 2.30pm-4.30pm, 6pm-8pm | Sat-Sun 9.30am-12pm, 2.30pm-4.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays & Fridays)
Contact: 6756 1528 | Shanghai Chinese Medicine Centre website
With slimming and beauty TCM programmes administered in a 100% natural and safe manner, Refresh TCM Wellness is 1 of 3 brands under the Refresh group, with the others being Yong Kang TCM Clinic and Refresh Hair and Scalp. Give their family-friendly Herbal Spa treatment a try, which utilises ten different herbs for recuperation and detoxification, suitable for ages from 10-60.
You’re all set to shed some calories with their TCM slimming treatment, a non-invasive process that requires no injections – only herbs and massages to slim, tone and lift your body. Don’t miss out on pampering your face with a customised TCM facial as well to slow ageing and deal with acne.
Sun Plaza outlet
Address: 30 Sembawang Drive, #03-24 Sun Plaza, Singapore 757713
Operating hours: 10am-8pm, Daily
Contact: 6752 4424
Plaza Singapura outlet
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #03-47 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Operating hours: 10am-8pm, Daily
Contact: 6884 4104
The Star Vista outlet
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #B1-32 The Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Operating hours: 10am-8pm, Daily
Contact: 6684 2006
Image credit: @rafflesmedgrp
Working as a unit under the Raffles Medical Group, specialists from Raffles Chinese Medicine frequently collaborate with their Western medicine counterparts to offer you the best integrated treatment methods for your condition, from fertility to cancer care.
You don’t even have to call in during business hours because 24-hour appointment-making services are also readily available for added convenience. The physicians here speak both English and Mandarin, with translation services offered round the clock so that your loved ones won’t have a problem communicating personally with their specialists.
Address: 585 North Bridge Road Level 2 Raffles Hospital, Singapore 188770
Opening hours: Mon, Wed & Fri 8.30am-7.30pm | Tue & Thu 8.30am-6pm | Sat 8.30am-1pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 6311 2388 | Raffles Chinese Medicine website
Having a kid fall sick is one of the most worrying and frustrating experiences for a parent, so bring them down to Herbal One Clinic – a TCM clinic specialising in paediatric care. TCM can be a long term preventive measure for ailments in children through gentler and subtler natural methods, and it is proven to be absolutely safe.
Their NoseSpa Therapy is a non-invasive herbal inhalation therapy that helps fight against respiratory ailments like rhinitis and sinusitis. Baby Cupping is also available, using methods of gua sha (scrapping) and ba guan (cupping) with medical-grade soft silicone cups that are delicate and non-irritable. These are much less painful than usual so your kiddo can get relief from common ailments like fever or indigestion.
Address: 101 Irrawaddy Road, #18-10 Royal Square Medical Centre @ Novena, Singapore 329565
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm | Sat 9am-5pm | Sun 9am-1pm
Contact: 6376 2345 | Herbal One Clinic website
Whether it’s your first time or if you’re a regular, TCM offers a slew of services ranging from tuina to cupping to help you achieve optimum health and wellness through natural methods.
Beyond herbs and therapies, TCM helps you achieve balance in your organs and can complement Western medicine to achieve more satisfactory results at a faster rate. With this list, you can find the most suitable clinic based on convenience and specialisations.
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Cover image adapted from (L-R): Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution , Great Wall Acupuncture Clinic, @kttkintecktong
Originally published on 29th June 2021. Last updated by Raiz Redwan on 29th March 2023.
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