Traditional Chinese Medicine

If you’re looking for traditional Chinese remedies to treat illness, there are plenty of places in Hong Kong where you can try therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, and herbal remedies, plus Tui Na massage and reflexology. The first Chinese medicine hospital in Hong Kong is expected to commence service in phases starting in 2025, which will bring even more Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) options to the city.

A recognised therapeutic modality by the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture involves inserting thin needles under the skin and in the muscles to relieve discomfort for conditions ranging from migraines to respiratory disorders.

Said to restore energy balance, Chinese herbs including astralagus, ginkgo, and ginseng remain popular in Hong Kong and are used to treat everything from asthma to skin allergies with herbal mixtures. Herbs can be delivered in pre-boiled liquid packets or as a powder. A reminder to look for a registered Chinese medicine practitioner.

Cupping, which involves plating heated cups on the skin to remove toxins and awaken certain acupoints, is a TCM therapy for muscle soreness, sports injuries, and physical imbalances. A mix of acupressure and Shiatsu, Tui Na massages are utilised for chronic pain and numb limbs and joints. Reflexology, which applies pressure to areas of the feet to keep the energy flowing through the body, can help lower stress levels.