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Traditional Chinese Medicine stores (药材店) have been around for decades, and they are still relevant today despite the advancements in medical science.
While people go for Western medicines and consultations to cure sickness, Chinese medicines prioritize prevention by balancing the energy in your body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) retail originated from mom-and-pop stores, and many of them are still around offering not just Chinese medicines but also grocery items.
Over the years, TCM retail has evolved into professionally-operated chain stores with Eu Yan Sang being the most recognizable brand in Malaysia and Singapore.
Besides Eu Yan Sang, let’s take a look which are the top TCM chain stores in Malaysia.
Eu Yan Sang 余仁生
Eu Yan Sang was founded in 1879 with the mission of “Caring for Mankind” (仁泽众生), and has been listed on the Singapore Exchange as Eu Yan Sang International Limited since 28 July 2000. As a progressive, global healthcare company with a strong foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine, EYS manufactures and retails traditional Chinese medicine and herbs in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Malaysia and Singapore.
Hai-O was the first traditional healthcare company listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad since 1996. From a humble beginning with small start-up capital, Hai-O has over the years been resilient to ride through the many business challenges to emerge stronger now with an equity base of more than RM300 million. Its success had been honoured by various prestigious awards including the Forbes Awards (2007-2010).
Lo Hang Ka 老行家
Lo Hong Ka Malaysia first opened its doors in 1998, rapidly expanding it’s presence nationwide. Today, Lo Hong Ka is trusted international brand with outlets in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan along with an ever-growing number of Lo Hong Ka Franchises.
Herbal Farmer 藥材農夫
Established in 2017, Herbal Farmer is the first modern health Chinese medicine store in Malaysia based on the “Innovative Industry Standards”. There is no bitter taste of traditional Chinese medicine here, no messy corners, bright and fascination spaces, and variety of products are neatly placed on the shelves. It have breaking the stereotype of people towards the traditional Chinese medicine shop.
Sung Khong 顺康
In 1988, Sung Khong started its first store in Ipoh and there are 5 stores in Ipoh at the time of writing. In 2012, Sung Khong has set up a manufacturing facility in Jelapang to produce its own branded products to strengthen its stronghold in Ipoh.