Where East meets West

Experience the best of both worlds with our East-meets-West approach to health and wellness. At Parkway Shenton, we complement Western clinical treatment with the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to enhance recovery from a variety of acute and chronic conditions. These can include:

  • Pain
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colitis
  • Infertility
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Depression

Our TCM physicians will examine and evaluate your condition before recommending suitable treatment options.

TCM and Western Medicine
How TCM works

How TCM works

TCM heals and strengthens your body from within. As any deficiency or imbalance in the body is believed to lead to illness, TCM seeks to:

  • Restore balance in your body’s constitution and emotional state
  • Ensure a smooth flow of life force energy, known as qi
  • Promote overall wellbeing and ward off potential health problems through ongoing preventive care

In essence, TCM adopts a holistic approach to treatment, targeting not just the ailment but also its root cause. TCM treatments focus on relieving symptoms, as well as boosting your immunity to prevent illness and speed up recovery.

Parkway Shenton’s TCM treatments

Acupuncture uses very fine disposable stainless steel needles that are inserted at specific acupoints to guide the flow of qi along the body’s meridians. The aim is to rebalance and replenish any deficiencies in the body, thereby relieving symptoms such as pain and discomfort.

Acupuncture is an effective therapy for common conditions like cold and cough, as well as digestive issues like constipation, diarrhoea, bloatedness and flatulence. It can also help improve chronic problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep issues and even skin conditions like rashes.

If you’re looking to boost immunity and physical wellness, acupuncture may be just what you need.

Cupping involves placing glass and plastic cups on the skin to create suction and stimulate the body’s acupoints. This process helps to improve blood circulation and the flow of qi.

You may see some redness and bruising after the treatment, but this is nothing to worry about and should resolve itself after a few days.

Cupping is suitable for individuals with a ‘warm’ body constitution and is typically recommended to relieve muscular pain.

Tuina is a type of therapeutic massage that is widely used to treat muscle, bone and tendon pain. Tuina may be performed by TCM physicians, physiotherapists, or our in-house robotic massage machine, EMMA (Expert Manipulative Massage Automation).

Tuina offers extensive benefits that include helping to improve blood circulation, manage musculoskeletal pain (particularly in the neck, shoulders, back and joints), ease symptoms of arthritis, promote healthy lactation and even alleviate depression.

Robotic Tuina

At Parkway Shenton, robotic massage is used to enhance our tuina treatments. Our EMMA machine at Parkway Shenton Medical Clinic - Toh Yi is equipped with sensors and 3D vision technology to analyse your muscle condition and deliver a precise amount of tuina therapy according to the physician’s diagnosis.

If you suffer from musculoskeletal conditions in your back, EMMA is definitely what you need. It is capable of delivering consistent pressure with clinical precision through a silicon ‘thumb’, ensuring optimal comfort throughout your therapy session. You can opt to have EMMA work on larger parts of your body, while our TCM physicians focus on other areas such as your neck, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles.

Herbal formulations play a key role in TCM treatment, tapping on the natural properties of traditional Chinese herbs to nourish one or more of the body’s four internal energies – qi, blood, yin, and yang – while purging the 6 pathogens – wind, cold, summer-heat, dampness, dryness, and fire.

Herbal formulations may vary and will be prescribed by our physicians based on a thorough examination and assessment of your condition. These may range from concentrated herbal powders in formula or capsule form, to tablets for easy consumption.

Eating well is a fundamental practice in TCM as it ensures the body receives adequate nourishment and naturally balances the flow of qi energy.

TCM classifies foods into 5 categories – cold, cool, neutral, warm, and heaty. During a consultation, our TCM physicians will offer insights into your body’s level of qi, blood, yin and yang internal energies, as well as which of the 6 pathogens are in excess. They will also recommend you dietary changes to help address your body’s condition.

Healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint. TCM also advocates getting an adequate amount of exercise, because the frequency of activity and how we move physically plays a part in building up and balancing our body’s qi energy flow.

Our TCM physicians will be able to evaluate and recommend an exercise plan to complement your lifestyle, as well as share tips such as basic breathing techniques to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

TCM Services
Onsite Consultation (includes Dietary, Self-acupressure & Qigong Advice)$22-62
Meridian Acupuncture$58-88
TENS Acupressure$58-88
Robotic Tuina$129
Herbal MedicationFees (per day)
Herbal Powder/Capsules/TabletsDepending on type & weight of prescription (approximately $35 to $55 per week)

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Why choose Parkway Shenton?

Comprehensive family care
Comprehensive family care

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Connection to IHH network
Connection to IHH network

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Singapore’s oldest GP group
Singapore’s oldest GP group

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