It is a well-known fact, that more and more of us prefer to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to Allopathy, for therapeutic or preventive health care, for ourselves and our families. And Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is riding on this popularity. TCM is based on Eastern culture and philosophy as it relates to the five elements, the flow of blood and chi (energy flow), and yin-yang.
FUN FACT: Did you know that Ko Shing Street in Sheung Wan is also known as Chinese medicine street? There is also a Chinese medicine herbal garden in Sheung Wan which grows some of the more popular Chinese herbs and explains their uses.
As you might have noticed, chinese medicine shops proliferate in Sheung Wan and Central. To make things easier for you, we have put together a list of some recommended Chinese medicine shops or doctors in and around the Hood.
Different ailments and different doctors work well for different people. For starters, you should know that there are two general types of Chinese doctors. Chinese medicine doctors must be licensed with the Chinese Medicine Council and a list of those licensed are available on the Council’s website.
One type is the usual ones that would examine your whole body in a holistic manner and prescribe the appropriate Chinese medicine. The other type specializes in your bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. You visit this type of Chinese usually when you sprain or twisted your joints.
1. Siu Hoi Chinese Medicine Therapeutic Centre （肇海養生堂）
The Centre as a young-looking (but very talented, we understand) female Chinese medicine doctor called Tracy Siu who is skilled not only in TCM, but also cupping, bone-setting, acupuncture, tui na massage and cosmetic acupuncture. Doctor Liu comes highly recommended by those who are TCM adepts. Dr. Liu, comes from a TCM practicing family and treats both adults and kids. She has a Master of Acupuncture and Moxibustion and a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She charges: $335-350/consultation fee+ 3days medicine
Address: G/F, Ko Shing Building, 265 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan (just next to Hollywood Park/ Chinese Park)
Hours: Mon-Sun, 9 am-8:30 pm (note: prior appointment required for weekends)
2. Good Spring Company
A Chinese medicine shop focusing on traditional TCM and herbal medicines with in-house male doctors is Good Spring Company春回堂. The owner insists on 100% inspection of all herbal ingredients in their own upstairs storeroom and can brew herbal teas for a fee after consultation. Some flu tonics and five flowers tea available on-site.
Address: 8 Cochrane Street, Central
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9am-8 pm
3. Dr. Fung Woon Kam
He is a local Chinese doctor, specializing in Bone Setting.
Address: 113 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
*Speaks little to no English
4. HON’s Chinese Medicine Centre:
The Centre focuses on treating skin problems (eczema, acne…), joint pains, cold and coughs and advising on dietary habits through TCM.
Address: Rm 402, Lee Loong Building, 4 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11 am-8 pm
Whatsapp: +852 9855 7183 (24-hours operation, for appointment only)
5. Mannings health advisor
A friendly English-speaking health advisor with a background in Chinese medicine is available at the Mannings Pharmacy in IFC mall. So for any questions on the off-the-rack Chinese medicine or just what is best for you, ask the health advisor.
Address: Shop No.2004 on Podium Level Two, IFC mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong
Hours with Pharmacist on Duty: Mon-Fri, 9 am-8:30 pm, Sat-Sun: 10 am-7:30 pm
6. Chinese bone setter
Ha Kwok Cheung (夏國璋 ) is a Chinese bone-setting clinic which specializes in treating sports injuries, sprains or muscle pains. They use Chinese medical oils to do a deep tissue massage or sometimes twist or turn the sprained part to alleviate the pain. If the sprain or muscle pain is a long-term or harder to treat problem, sometimes Chinese herbal wraps are prescribed for home use. The bonesetting doctor teaches and practices Chinese lion dance (it’s a clinic that started out as a lion dance company) so he knows a thing or two about sprain and muscle pains.
Address: 18 Queen's Rd W, Possession Point (look for a white Chinese sign夏國璋 with lion dance photos at the shopfront near the Indian restaurant Namaste)
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, 3:30 pm-7:00 pm
Tel: 2541 7000
7. Tong Lok Tong : Ready-made TCM teas
Those unfamiliar with TCM herbal teas may wonder what the dark liquids in bowls placed near the Sheung Wan mtr station are. They are TCM herbal teas for general ailments or just general health benefits. Tong Lok Tong 同濼堂 has two branches in Sheung Wan. For coughs, the “kudzu vine herbal tea” (also known as monk’s fruit tea with kudzu vine) and tea of five flavors (made with five different flowers and taste slightly sweet) are recommended and both just cost HK$10. For the flu, there is a special flu tonic also costing just HK$10 a bowl and freshly made on-site.
Address: 275 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan (near Hillier Street) and another shop at 11 Morrison Street, Sheung Wan (next to Ten Ren tea shop near the Sheung Wan Mtr station and another smaller shop near Hillier Street
8. Healthy Feet : Chinese massage (tui na)
An affordable way of alleviating muscle aches is to try Chinese feet massage or Chinese massage tui na. Healthy Feet massage parlour is just such a place. There is a private room for full body massage or a public room for just Chinese feet massage. Interior design is not its forte, but then you know you’re paying for just the massage, not the design.
Healthy Feet （足康健養生中心）
Address: 273 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan (near Hillier Street)
Tel: 2770 8970
Hours: 10 am-12 midnight