Ah, acupuncture. Finally, proof that stabbing someone can indeed improve things. 🙂
Having had acupuncture in multiple countries, I’m happy to report that the treatments I get here in Penang are by far the most effective and least expensive that I’ve had anywhere in the world. And there’s no better place to get it than at the clinic that the local Chinese community swears by: Lah Wah Ee Hospital, which has been around since 1883. Having tried several acupuncture centers around the island, I can see why locals love Lam Wah Ee Acupuncture so much – now I swear by it, too. The clinic has multiple acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors for you to choose from, each with their own specialties, and at 30rm per treatment, it’s affordable for everyone. They also offer Medical Qigong, which is another branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Since the first time visiting can be a bit confusing to navigate on your own, how about we walk through it together?
Here’s the address:
Hospital Lam Wah Ee, 141 Jalan Tan Sri Teh Hwe Lim, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Monday – Saturday, 9am-12:15pm, and 1:45pm-5pm
Note: On Wednesdays, morning session only: 9am-12:15pm
Also note: Medical Qigong is offered on the same days/times, except they’re closed on Wednesdays.
Okay, so first, choose your doctor. At the time of writing this, there are 5 acupuncturists, each with their own areas of expertise. They all speak perfect English, they’re highly trained and very professional. To help you choose the right one for you, here are each of their office posters:
So now we’re ready to head over there! No appointment is needed – it’s first come, first served.
When you get to the campus, drive past the hospital entrance to the small green-roofed building beside it, which where the Acupuncture Center is located.
Just inside the doors, you’ll see a little ticketing stand on your right. Press the bottom button to get a registration ticket.
Then look for your number to be called at the digital sign on the left side of the reception windows (indicated by the blue arrow).
When called, you will need to give them your passport or Malaysian ID card for registration, the name of the doctor you’d like to see and 30rm for your treatment.
They will give you a registration card, which you need to bring to all future appointments (so no need for your passport), and a “tax invoice” slip with your number on it.
Watch for your number to come up on the digital display to the right of the reception window (indicated by the red arrow in the photo above). Then you go in to consult with your doctor. She/he will discuss your condition with you, take your pulse and look at your tongue. Then he/she will stamp your “tax invoice” slip and you’ll walk into the treatment area, where you’ll be shown to a curtained-off bed.
Then in a few minutes, you’ll look like this. 🙂
After the needles are in, you just lie there and relax until an aide comes to remove them, which is usually about 20-40 minutes later, depending on your treatment.
If your doctor prescribes Chinese herbs, you can pick them up and pay for them at the reception desk on your way out. They usually run 10rm per packet of medicinal herbs.
And then you’re done!
If you need acupuncture in Penang, definitely make a point of visiting Lam Wah Ee Acupuncture Clinic. (Sorry for that terrible pun – I couldn’t help myself).