Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient China medical practice that has been around for more than 3500 years. While Western medicine focuses on treating the root cause of diseases, TCM focuses on improving your overall well-being. TCM is commonly seekd by patients suffering from insomnia, fertility concern, stress issues, digestive issues, muscle pain and other chronic and/or acute health issues.

Types of TCM Treatment

Chinese herbal medicines are prescribed medicines containing herbs in the form of either tablets, powder, paste, or locations. These medicines are mainly plant-based but some may contain animal products and minerals. The type and quantity of the herbs prescribed depend on the current state of the patient’s Yin and Yang and the elements of the affected organs.

As per the TCM philosophy, Yin and Yang are opposing forces of energy, Qi, that flows through any living being and if not balanced cause illness and pains. These herbs are divided into five tastes – sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and pungent each corresponding to the five elements – water, earth, fire, wood, and metal that form the organs of the body.

Acupuncture is a form of treatment where TCM practitioners insert very thin needles at strategic places on the body through the skin. It is generally given along with other TCM treatments. Acupuncture is most commonly given to treat aches and pains but some people also get this treatment done for general wellness.

Tui Na is very similar to acupuncture and is done mainly to treat pain. Tui Na can be referred to more as a massage. Instead of using needles, the TCM practitioner massages and puts pressure on the acupoints to stimulate them and treat the underlying problem. Popular techniques that form a part of Tui Na are acupressure, reflexology, and myofascial release.

Cupping is a healing therapy used to relieve pain in various parts of the body by placing heated cups on the desired area, creating a suction force that pulls the skin up as the cups cool. This, in turn, draws fluids in the treated area, increasing blood circulation, relieving tension in the muscles, and is also believed to trigger a natural healing process in the area. Cupping could be dry cupping, involving only suction created by cups, of wet cupping, whereby therapeutic bleeding is also combined.

Moxibustion involves the burning of dried moxa (or mugwort) on areas of the body to be treated. The warmth generated from the process is believed to stimulate the flow of Qi in the treated area. It is used for relief from conditions such as arthritis, stiffness of muscles, migraines, digestive issues, ulcers, menstrual cramps, and flu.

Auricular therapy treats pains and conditions of the body by stimulating specific points on the auricle or external ear. Various pressure points on the auricle correspond to points on the whole body.

Stimulation of these pressure points produces a therapeutic effect in the corresponding area of the body. Physical as well as emotional areas are represented. Stimulation can be generated using acupuncture, acupressure, or other methods such as ear seeds.

Gua Sha is a technique of scraping the skin in long or short massage strokes using a Gua Sha tool, usually a flat quartz stone. Application of pressure with the massage strokes stimulates circulation of blood. The technique is usually applied on the back, limbs, neck, and buttocks and a milder version on the face. Gua Sha helps in relieving pain in muscles and joints. Gua Sha is also believed to provide relief for cold and fever.

In Singapore, all TCM physicians and acupuncturists must be registered and governed under the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Act (Cap. 333A). Here is the list of the 10 best TCM clinics in Singapore.

1. EMW Physiotherapy & TCM

If you are facing fertility issues of your own, Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) and acupuncture can be used to optimise your fertility health naturally. EMW Physiotherapy & TCM uses evidence-based approach to help you realize your dreams of starting a family.

Whether you are having trouble getting pregnant, have had pregnancy loss or complications, or haven’t even started trying, boosting fertility naturally is an important step to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

  • Acupuncture for fertility

2. YS Healthcare TCM Clinic

YS Healthcare TCM Clinic aims to enhance their client’s health and well-being through TCM which is a medical science and philosophy that have been tested and proven through generations. While providing  cost effective and efficient ways for health maintenance and illness prevention. In addition, to use nature products to enhance and improve public health. Furthermore, to create public awareness for healthcare improvement.

YS Healthcare TCM Clinic is a healthcare company providing comprehensive Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”) healthcare services.

  • Acne treatment
  • Eczema Treatmenr
  • Shingles
  • Frozen Shoulder Treatment
  • Slimming Treatment
  • Child Massage
  • Tendon Inflammation
  • Gout Treatment
  • Cancer Patient Treatment
  • External Injury Treatment
  • Ankle Injury Treatment
  • Backache Treatment
  • Pigmentation Treatment

3. JOYRE TCMedi Spa

JOYRE TCMedi Spa is a pioneer in integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern spa treatments and beauty aesthetics services to deliver personalised treatments that match everyone’s body constitution, and lifestyle to bring about a sense of balance and total wellness. Its’ mission, vision, and values are formulated based on these guiding principles: Introduce Chinese Traditional wellness; Promote better health; Care for the community; Realise employee’s full potential.

  • TCM Treatments
  • TCM Herbal Spa
  • Anti Aging Facial Treatment
  • TCM Moxibustion
  • TCM Tuina Massage

4. TCM at Home Services

They think that no one should ever neglect their health just because they find it inconvenient to go down to a TCM clinic to seek treatment. Physician Liau-Ex CEO of a public free clinic society has brought to our attention that TCM isn’t as accessible as it should have always been. Through interacting with his patients, physician Liau Vui Hon said that some of his patients have shared with him that it is difficult for them to seek traditional Chinese medicine treatment promptly. For some, it is definitely more taxing for them to travel, especially for the elderly or the physically handicapped. Whereas for others, they simply didn’t have the luxury of time with other commitments. Not everyone is able to go down to a TCM clinic to seek treatment. But it is very important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent the condition from deteriorating and to heal faster. By bringing TCM services to your homes, at your doorstep, they hope to make Traditional Chinese Medicine more accessible.

  • General Check up
  • Acupuncture
  • Cupping
  • Tuina
  • Medicine

5. Great Wall Acupuncture Clinic

Led by they founder, Chief TCM Physician Tay Kim Lik (郑心德主任医师), their team of MOH registered TCM Physicians and Therapists are experienced in providing TCM medical consultation and treatments. Their TCM Clinic offers a variety of TCM Treatment packages that complement the needs and preferences of their patients. Some of their well-received services include TCM Fertility Treatment,  TCM treatment for Shingles, TCM Pain Management, TCM Tuina (TCM Massage) & TCM Cupping Therapy.

  • Fertility
  • Treatment for shingles
  • Pain Management Services
  • Weight management program
  • Tuina
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Cupping Therapy
  • Skin scraping (Guasha)

6. Macpherson TCM & Wellness

MacPherson TCM & Wellness Clinic is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic set in a serene environment in Central East Singapore. They take a personalized, holistic approach in providing modernized TCM care including authentic Chinese medicine, acupuncture and therapeutic tuina, and integrative services such as corrective exercise training and nutrition.

Espousing the values of integrity and discipline, they seek to bring reliable healthcare to you. Using well-researched traditional herbs as medicine, they dispel fears of undesirable side effects. At the same time, they pride themselves on the highest standards of safety and hygiene, evidenced by their white, clean setting. At Macpherson TCM & Wellness they are passionate about leading you to paths of healthy living.

  • Pain management
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Stress Management
  • Weight Management
  • Smoking Cessation Programme
  • Personalised TCM Programm
  • Fertility Support
  • Men’s and Women’s Health
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Labour Preparation
  • Labour Induction
  • Postnatal Care

7. Tangs Clinical Centre TCM

Tangs Clinical Centre TCM is a phytopharmaceutical research centre which recognises the formidable potency of herbs in managing skin disorders without compromising the body’s vital immune system. After many years of intense research and clinical trials and studies (conducted by qualified medical doctors and TCM physicians, and together with overseas herbal specialists) they have identified some very useful active plant compounds, and formulated them into unique herbal products under the “Tangs” brand. Their exclusive range of herbal medicine will help the body to reestablish homeostasis, leveraging on a revitalised immune system to treat autoimmune skin disorders in a natural and safe way.

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  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Atopic Dermatitis

8. Eu Yan Sang Integrative Health

Eu Yan Sang Integrative Health Pte Ltd is consist of highly experienced practitioners. Also, they have strategically located their clinics at heartland areas in Singapore ready to cater to wide variety of acute and chronic conditions.

On top of that, they focus on your well being, including sub- health, weight management, pain management, and travel health for busy people.

  • Prescribed herbal medication
  • Acupuncture
  • Cupping
  • Tuina
  • Needleless Acupunture
  • Gua Sha

9. Pulse TCM

PULSE Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinic is a modernized clinic in Singapore. Most of their physicians are local and speaks two language as well as trained in Biomedical Sciences. Aside from that, they are all registered under TCMPB, a statutory board under Ministry of Health. Therefore, rest assured that you will be in good hands.

This clinic offers a wide variety of TCM related services in various locations islandwide.

  • Acupuncture
  • Cupping
  • Scraping
  • Moxibustion
  • Tui Na
  • Plaster/ Bandage
  • ACUPUNCTURE $40 – $100 (per area/ailment)
  • CUPPING/SCRAPING $30 – $60 (per area)
  • MOXIBUSTION $30 – $60 (per moxi)
  • TUI NA THERAPY $30 – $80 (per area)
  • PLASTER/BANDAGE $8 – $20
  • CONSULTATION $30-$80

10. Oak Health Chinese Medicine

Oak Health Chines Medicine focuses on holistic approach on your health and wellness through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) through an integrative health care system. On top of that, they have thorough list of natural treatments available to target the root cause of your health conditions. All  their treatments are diagnosed and prescribed only by a fully certified physicians who are well equipped with Western and Chinese medicine knowledge.

  • Chronic Diseases treatment
  • Pain Management
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Men’s and Women’s Health
  • Kid’s Ailment
  • Skin Conditions

FAQs

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinics are dedicated clinics that offer services like acupuncture, cupping, Tui Na, gua sha, moxibustion, and herbal medication to treat both mild to chronic ailments and pains as well as general wellbeing.

TCM practitioners design and suggest different treatments to people based on their symptoms. The duration of the treatment depends on the severity of the problem. Some clinics also offer TCM spas and facials.

Yes, TCM is a recognized form of alternative medicine in Singapore. All the TCM practitioners need to be registered with the TCM Practitioners Board as per the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Act, 2000. All the TCM medicines too are regulated by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and need to meet certain standards before being sold. Even the distributors of these medicines need to register and get licensed by HSA.

TCM is good to treat several ailments like common cold and cough to a chronic one like cancer. The right mix of TCM treatments has proven to cure digestive problems, arthritis, diabetes, blood pressure issues, migraine, muscle pain, skin problems as well as infertility.

Yes, registered TCM practitioners can give medical certificates (MC) to their patients. Employees are eligible for paid sick leave if they have an MC from the TCM practitioners if stated in their company policy. While the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) encourages companies to recognize TCM MC it is totally at their discretion.

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