Traditional Chinese Medicine


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Parkway Shenton

At Parkway Shenton, we take a holistic East-Meets-West perspective to patient wellness. This leverages the benefits of both Traditional Chinese Medicine to complement the medical and surgical approaches prescribed by our general practitioners for the treatment of both acute and chronic ailments.

Examples of physical and psychological conditions that can be addressed through TCM include pain, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, infertility, neuropathy, arthritis, insomnia, stress and depression.

Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM takes a holistic approach to treatment by achieving balance in the body’s constitution, emotional state, and a smooth flow of Qi (life force energy) to achieve physical and mental wellness. Any deficiencies or imbalances within the body are believed to be a potential cause of illness.

TCM makes use of natural treatment methods such as acupuncture, prescription herbal medicine, tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage), exercise and positive diet and lifestyle changes to restore and enhance a patient’s physiological balance and flow Qi.

TCM treatments are focused on relieving symptoms as well as boosting immunity to prevent illness and speed up recovery.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments at Parkway Shenton

A wide range of TCM treatments are available at Parkway Shenton. The appropriate treatment options will be recommended by our physicians upon consultation and assessment.

The available treatment options are:


Acupuncture makes use of very fine disposable stainless steel needles to guide the flow of a patient’s Qi along the body’s meridians. These are inserted into the appropriate acupoints in the body to regulate the flow of Qi.

The aim of the treatment is to rebalance and nourish any deficiencies, relieving symptoms such as pain and discomfort. It is also an effective therapy for common respiratory conditions such as the common cold, cough as well as digestive conditions such as constipation, diarrhoea, bloatedness and flatulence.

Chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep issues and even skin conditions such as rashes can also be improved with acupuncture. The treatment may also be proactively used to boost immunity and physical wellness for both men and women.

Cupping and Moxibustion

Both cupping and moxibustion are focused on enhancing the flow of Qi in the body by using cups and the moxa herb.


In cupping, our TCM physicians will stimulate the body’s acupoints with the use of glass and plastic cups to stimulate blood circulation and the flow of Qi. Patients can expect cup marks on the body for a few days after treatment. Cupping is suited for patients with a ‘warm’ body constitution and typically used for the management of muscular pain.


In moxibustion, lighted moxa sticks or cones will be placed on the body’s acupoints to stimulate blood circulation and the flow of Qi through the body’s meridian points. Slight redness of skin around the area treated is normal and will disappear after a few days. Moxibustion is also used for the management of pain on patients with a ‘cold’ body constitution.


Tuina is a form of traditional Chinese therapeutic massage that is widely used to treat muscle, bone and tendon pain. Tuina may be performed by our TCM physicians, physiotherapists or EMMA (Expert Manipulative Massage Automation), our robotic massage machine located in our Parkway Shenton Medical Clinic at Toh Yi.

The benefits of tuina is extensive, and it is commonly used to improve blood circulation, manage musculoskeletal pain, particularly in the neck, shoulders, back and joints, ease the symptoms of arthritis, promote healthy lactation and even support depression.

Robotic Tuina

At Parkway Shenton, we also have robotic massage to enhance our tuina treatments. Expert Manipulative Massage Automation, or EMMA, makes use of sensors and 3D vision technology to digitally analyse a patient’s muscle condition, such as stiffness, and is able to complement our physician’s diagnosis and can be prescribed to deliver a precise amount of tuina therapy.

Patients, particularly those suffering from musculoskeletal conditions of the back, will benefit from EMMA. Patient safety is ensured with multiple layers of mechanisms in EMMA’s hardware and software to ensure that any pressure or force exerted during therapy is maintained within a comfortable level.

Watch this video for a peek at the precision and consistency of our robotic tuina machine:

Benefits of Robotic Tuina

Consistent massage pressure

Traditional tuina massages require a great deal of consistent pressure for it to be effective when it is applied. Patients whose conditions require longer massages will benefit from the consistency and comfort of EMMA’s tuina massage, which is delivered precisely at an effective pressure setting by way of a silicon ‘thumb’.

Clinically-accurate delivery

EMMA is designed to deliver clinically-precise massages as prescribed by our TCM physicians. Its ability to analyse a patient’s blood flow and pressure, detect and measure areas of muscle stiffness allows it to effectively work on the affected areas and target the body’s acupoints to achieve the desired treatment results. Understanding this data will complement our TCM physician’s diagnosis and treatment plan.

Quality contact

In view of COVID-19 safe management measures, EMMA is also a good option for patients who wish to minimise physical contact with others while still receive therapeutic treatment. While EMMA works on larger parts of the body, such as the back, our physicians and therapists will be able to focus on other areas of the body such as the neck, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles.

Herbal Formulas

This is a key feature of our TCM treatments and we make use of the natural properties of traditional Chinese herbs to nourish one or more of the body’s 4 internal energies – Qi, Blood, Yin, Yang – while purging the 6 pathogens – Wind, Cold, Summer-Heat, Dampness, Dryness, Fire. Herbal formulations may vary, and will be prescribed by our physicians following a thorough examination and evaluation during consultation.

The herbal formulas available at our TCM clinics range from concentrated herbal powders in formula or capsule form, and tablets for easy consumption.

Dietary Consultation

Eating well is a fundamental part of ensuring our body gets the necessary nourishment. It is also key in enabling our body to naturally balance the flow of Qi energy.

As foods can be classified into 5 different categories – Cold, Cool, Neutral, Warm, Heaty – consulting with our TCM physician will offer insights into your body’s level of Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang internal energies and which of the 6 pathogens are in excess. A consultation will also allow our physicians to make dietary recommendations to help with the natural management of medical conditions.


Having an adequate amount of exercise is an important concept in TCM because the frequency of activity and how we physically move plays a part in building up and balancing our body’s Qi energy flow.

Our TCM physicians will be able to evaluate and recommend a suitable exercise plan to complement a patient’s lifestyle and share tips such as basic breathing techniques to improve their physical and mental condition.

Where are Parkway Shenton’s TCM Services Available?

TCM services are available at selected Parkway Shenton clinics.

Parkway Shenton Medical Clinic (Toh Yi) – TCM Services

Available TCM treatments include manual tuina, EMMA robotic tuina, electro-acupuncture, cupping and herbal medicine (concentrated powder/capsules/tablets) to help with pain management and recovery, digestive disorders as well as skin disorders.

Call +65 6235 8926 to book your TCM appointment.

Parkway Shenton Wellness Centre (Alexandra Retail Centre) – TCM Services

TCM treatments available here include comprehensive dietary consultation with health report, traditional acupuncture techniques, traditional fire cupping, scraping, moxibustion and herbal medicine (concentrated powder/capsules/tablets) with a focus on stress and sleep disorders, boosting immunity, as well as general male and female wellness.

Call +65 6376 1630 / +65 6376 1303 to book your TCM appointment.

Consultation Rates

(Prices inclusive of a session with both general practitioner and TCM physician)

Visit Price (with GST)
First $55.00
Subsequent $38.00