Has that heavy backpack got you all achey and stiff? Then maybe it’s time to try out some acupuncture in Hong Kong.

Wait, what is acupuncture? Well, with delicate precision, skilled practitioners gently insert thin needles into specific points on the body. Their aim is to stimulate the flow of Qi, the body’s vital energy. From alleviating pain to promoting relaxation and restoring balance, it’s worth trying — and we’ve made it easier for you with our list of accessible, English-speaking clinics around the city.

Acupuncture in Hong Kong

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an important part of Hong Kong’s identity as a city. Simply walk down Ko Shing Street and Queen Street West in Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun to get a whiff of the various herbs, fruits, roots, and rhizomes that this ancient system of health uses. Moreover, TCM is renowned for its holistic approach to health, and many swear by it.

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One key practice — found by many to be effective against migraines, chronic pain, respiratory disorders, and more — is acupuncture. There are lots of acupuncture clinics in Hong Kong, but if you’re looking one with English-speaking practioners it can be more of a challenge. But that’s where we come in, with this handy list of English-speaking acupuncture clinics in Hong Kong.

Keen to relax, but less keen on the needles? Then check our guide to the best spa treatments in Hong Kong for some ideas.

1. Eu Yan Sang Premier Chinese Medicine Centre

From HK$180.00 (consultation)
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
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Eu Yan Sang is a well-known name in the TCM game. Operating for over a hundred years and with branches in Malaysia, Singapore, and Macau in addition to Hong Kong, you’ll find locations scattered all over the 852. For acupuncture — specifically facial acupuncture — you’ll want to head to Eu Yan Sang Premier Chinese Medicine Centre in Causeway Bay. You can think of facial acupuncture as a kind of proto-Botox meets retinol — it is believed to reduce wrinkles and puffiness, fight mild to moderate acne, and boost collagen production. Sessions last roughly 20 to 30 minutes. Keep in mind that you may need several sessions to see noticeable improvement.

2. Health Wise Chinese Medicine

From HK$880.00 (consultation)
Central, Hong Kong Island
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Touted as one of Hong Kong’s leading acupuncture clinics, Health Wise has been providing treatment to patients since 1990. On the more affordable side despite their swanky location in Central, Health Wise specializes in treating chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, and pregnancy-related disorders.

For more of your health needs, don’t miss our guide to healthcare in Hong Kong.

Acupuncture can aid in healing a variety of ailments. | Photo by LukaTDB/E+ via Getty Images

3. Chinese Medicine Clinic, Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital

From HK$880.00 (consultation)
Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island
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Gleneagles is a sought after private hospital in Hong Kong. With a specialized TCM clinic, you can find the typical suite of TCM services, including acupuncture. Notably, Gleneagles offers direct billing and accepts a wide range of international insurance plans. Of course, make sure to double check with your insurance provider before your treatment.

3. Balance Health

Offers free consultations
Central, Hong Kong Island
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Worlds apart from your typically drab clinic, Balance Health is all about creating a soothing experience for patients. This private clinic is highly regarded in the realm of TCM, with a team of experienced practitioners boasting international experience. They have a special focus on menstrual and fertility issues. The consultation itself is free, so listen to what the experts have to say and see if this alternative therapy is for you.

4. Master Ruth TCM Clinic

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Central, Hong Kong Island
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Master Ruth is an extremely in-demand TCM doctor who specializes in pain management, IVF support, pregnancy disorders, and more. She is especially well-known for her facial acupuncture, which can offer various anti-aging benefits. Every session begins with an in-depth consultation to go over your issues, and a cumulative course of 10 treatments at weekly intervals is recommended.

While this clinic accepts a wide variety of Hong Kong insurance plans, keep in mind that you’ll need to pay a premium if you don’t have local insurance.

5. Dr. Susan Jamieson Integrative Medical Practice

From HK$1,980.00 (consultation)
Central, Hong Kong Island
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Trained in Scotland, Dr. Susan Jamieson is an integrative and functional medicine doctor with 26 years of experience in Hong Kong. A doctor to celebrities with a variety of articles and talks to her name, she is well-regarded for her blended approach combining alternative therapies and Western medicine. Practitioners at this clinic speak English, French, Hindi, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Given the many accolades and plush location, keep in mind that treatments here will run into the several thousands — not quite Cheapo, but perhaps worthwhile if you’re struggling with persistent ailments.

Frequently asked questions about acupuncture in Hong Kong

TCM makes use of herbal decoctions. | Photo by AzmanL via Getty Images

Do I need local health insurance?

The short answer: no.

If you want to receive TCM care through the public system at a subsidised rate, then you need to have a valid Hong Kong Identification Card (HKID). And note that, depending on the specifics of your plan, your Hong Kong insurance may cover part or all of the treatment cost. However, non-eligible patients can receive treatment as well, but at a higher cost.

You can generally visit any private clinic and seek treatment. Note, of course, that the prices will be higher.

Does acupuncture actually work?

Acupuncture has been shown to help people suffering from certain ailments, such as respiratory disorders, cancer treament side effects, fertility disorders, and chronic pain. That being said, everyone is different. Consider your specific needs and book a consultation first to figure out if and what type of acupuncture is for you.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture is not supposed to hurt, but you may experience some mild discomfort or numbness. If you do feel pain, tell your practitioner immediately as they can adjust the needles accordingly.

How do I know whether a TCM clinic or dispensary is legit or not?

The Hong Kong Government maintains up-to-date lists of practitioners, and posts notifications regarding possible poisoning linked to herbal medicines. See the page here.

How do I make a booking?

Most — if not all — clinics allow you to make inquiries and bookings through WhatsApp. So, if you hate making phone calls, fear not (but do set up your WhatsApp).


This article is intended only as a basic guide. We make every effort to ensure that the information presented here is accurate and up to date. However, all details are subject to change at any time. We recommend that you obtain professional advice regarding medical services or health insurance in Hong Kong. Fast Train Ltd. cannot guarantee the accuracy, currency, or completeness of any of the material and information in this article and accepts no responsibility or liability arising from or connected to the material provided above.

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