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The national policy planning, i.e. National Cancer Control Blueprint 2008 – 2015 has included the provision of Traditional & Complementary Medicine (T&CM) services in government hospitals (which offer cancer treatment). Subsequently, National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been identified as one of the institutions to provide T&CM services. Other than NCI, Kepala Batas Hospital (Penang), Sultan Ismail Hospital (Johor) and Hospital Wanita & Kanak-kanak Sabah (Sabah) offers T&CM services to cancer patients too.

T&CM Unit, NCI started to offer acupuncture treatment on 5th December 2013, and followed with herbal treatment (since 17th March 2014).



T&CM Unit offers following treatment to cancer patients:

Offered Treatment Skop rawatan
A) Acupuncture
  • To relieve the pain in cancer patients with chronic pain.

  • To facilitate the recovery of post-stroke patients. 

  • To relieve the nausea and vomiting side effect from chemotherapy. 

B) Herbal


  • To support (adjunct) to conventional cancer treatment, i.e. after cancer patients completed their surgery, radiotherapy @ chemotherapy.

  • To improve the quality of life in cancer patients. 

  • To relieve the side effects from: 

  1. Radiotherapy (such as dry mouth, fatigue, loss of appetite, etc) 

  2. Chemotherapy (such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, etc) 


Operation Hours

Operation Hours Monday till Thursday Friday Weekend and Public Holiday
Morning 8 am – 1 pm 8 am – 12.15 noon Close
Afternoon 2 pm – 5 pm 2.45 pm – 5 pm Close
 herba  akupunktur
After herbal patients visited herbal practitioner, herbal will be packed and supplied (as above picture). To take the herbs, patients only need to dissolve the herbs in warm water. Acupuncture needle is inserted (as above picture) at certain point to relieve pain, nausea, vomiting, etc.


Apart from providing T&CM treatment, our Unit also delivers talk on T&CM treatment to patients, public and Ministry of Health (MOH) staff.


T&CM Unit also actively carries out research as follows:

No Title and Summary of the Research Status

“Acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced nausea & vomiting (CINV): preliminary result”

Acupuncture treatment was provided to cancer patients before having chemotherapy, to reduce the nausea and vomiting side effect from chemotherapy. This study assesses the effect of the acupuncture treatment.

Result of research was presented in conference year 2014.

“Chinese herbal treatment  for radiotherapy-induced xerostomia in head and neck cancer patients” (systematic review)

This research compiled and analysed published researches on herbal treatment for dry mouth (effect following radiotherapy).

Analysing data.

“Herbal Treatment in Improving Radiotherapy-Induced Xerostomia in Head And Neck Cancer Patients”

This observational study compares the dry mouth effect (following radiotherapy) in head and neck cancer patients between receiving conventional treatment and herbal treatment.

Enrolling suitable patients for research (July – December 2016).

T&CM Unit has presented/published these researches:

No Researches
Cao, N., Zhao, A., Zhao, G., Wang, X., Han, B., Lin, R.,. . . Yang, J. (2015). Survival analysis of 272 patients with pancreatic cancer undergoing combined treatment. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 14(2), 133-139.
Poster presentation “New Herbal Dispensing System: Herbal Preparation Process, Patients’ and Prescribers’ Acceptance” at 12th Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS) Pharmacy Scientific Conference 2015, from 13-15/11/2015.
Poster presentation “Acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced nausea & vomitting (CINV): preliminary result” at 8th Taipei Traditional Chinese Medicine International Forum 2016, Taiwan Ministry of Health co-organize with Taiwan Chinese Medicine Practitioner Association, from 12-13/3/2016.
Poster presentation “Retrospective Analysis of Herbal Treatment in Management of Advance Stage Lung Cancer Patients” at IKN Research Day 2016, Clinical Research Centre (CRC) NCI co-organized with Putrajaya Hospital and Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital on 30/8/2016.

How Cancer Patients can get T&CM Treatment in NCI?

1. Please get a referral letter as follows:
Treatment Required Referral Letter from Health Facility

Medical Officer (MO) /

General Practitioner (GP)
Government or private clinic/ hospital
Herbal Specialist / Consultant
Government or private  hospital

Or the referral letter template (to be filled by the above doctors) can be obtained at the link provided.
2. Kindly email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the following detail:
  • Copy of referral letter
  • Patients’ name and contact number (to be contacted for appointment date)

For NCI cancer patients to get appointment date, please call/email us to inform the patients’ name and MRN.

3. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier than the appointment time.
T&CM Unit is located at Level 4, on the right of the elevator. Please click the travel guide to come to T&CM Unit, NCI
Frequently Asked Questions on T&CM Unit can be accessed at NCI FAQs page (kindly refer to T&CM section) 
Kindly contact us at:
  • 03-8892 5414/5415 (during office hours) or
  • Email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.