Welcome to Oriental TCM Acupuncture Massage Clinic

Dear clients,

Our Scarborough office、Markham office、Mississauga office are all open now for Acupuncture, Massage therapy ,Cupping, Reflexology, Head Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicines. Feel free to text 647-230-2907(Emily) for massage appointments or 416-655-1311(Jenny) for acupuncture & TCM appointments.

With the new Ontario COVID-19 Enhanced Protocols currently in effect at the clinic, you are requested to wear a mask while in the clinic. Please also wear loose clothing. IN ADDITION, for the safety of everyone, you must self pre-screen prior to your appointment:

If you or your household family members are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • a fever ( 37.5 °C or above)
  • cough,
  • runny nose,
  • sore throat,
  • back or whole body ache
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

If yes, ***AVOID COMING TO THE CLINIC and Reschedule.*** Thank you!




Acupuncture is a holistic treatment approach that has been used for more than 3,000 years. More and more people even celebrities are trying acupuncture.
Everywhere you turn; there are stories about celebrities getting acupuncture  cupping ( Cupping Therapy in Rio Olympics ) or Moxibustion etc. these ancient Chinese therapies. 
Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective form of treatment for systemic disorders, alleviating pain, and more than hundred  other health conditions  which have been reviewed by  WHO(World Health Organization).

HEALING FROM THE ROOT,beyond treating symptoms...
So you can enjoy better health and well-being!
We take pride in making tremendous changes in our patients' life. 

Jarry Liu: R.Ac/RMT


Chinese Acupuncturist since 1989
Government Registered Acupuncturist
 Registered Massage Therapist of Ontario


Specializes in women healthcare
includes Menstrual disorder, Infertility, PMS, Menopause,
Symptomatic uterine myoma / Fibroids;
Pain Management; Cancer control, 
Weight Lost, Diabetes, HBP, Bell's Palsy etc. health conditions.
Jarry offers top Chinese acupuncture treatments for Pain Relief, After Stroke Care,  Anxiety & Stress Relief, Fertility Improvement of men and women.



Michael Liang(R.AC/R.TCMP)
注册针灸师/中医师
Government Registered Acupuncturist
Licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Licensed Osteopathist
Specializes in respiratory issues, digestive disorder, Obesity, men and women Reproductive/Urinary etc. healthcare. 
Michael offers both Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Pain Relief, Anxiety & Insomnia, Infertility, Asthma, Eczema etc. skin conditions, weight control, after stroke care and Flu / Covid prevention and treatment, and so on...



Cannis C.(R.Ac)
注册针灸师
Specializes in women healthcare
includes Menstrual disorder, Infertility, PMS, Menopause,
Symptomatic uterine myoma / Fibroids,
Digestive disorder, any pain condition, etc.



 Licensed Holistic Practitioner 
8+ Years  Clinical experience
Graduated from Registered Massage Therapy Program of the College of Traditional Chinese  Medicine and Pharmology Canada 

Main areas of specialization
Cupping Massage
Therapeutic Massage
Cosmetic Massage
Skin Scraping
Hot Stone Therapy
Reflexology
Aroma Therapy

毕业于加拿大中医药学院注册按摩推拿师专业,
現在安大略中醫學院學習針灸師專業,吳濱江博士著名的吳氏頭療的親傳弟子
多年诊所临床按摩推拿经验,擅长頭肩頸推拿及精油開背,
調理頭痛,壓力,失眠,視力問題....
辅助中医针灸师治疗各种痛症。

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• Eliminate insurance paperwork.  


Our mission is to provide the public with 
affordable,high quality naturopathic treatment 
and to promote an alternative,holistic,
and complementary healing approach.


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11 tips for Bell's Palsy Prevention

Affecting about 10,000 people in Canada every year, Bell’s Palsy is a neurological disorder that manifests as a paralysis of the face. This condition is often a shock, as it comes on overnight.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the diagnosis for Bell’s Palsy is termed “External Wind-Cold attacking the channels of the face”. According to TCM principles, one of the main implications of this condition is an underlying qi (a person’s inherent energy) deficiency.

In China, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to assist in Bell’s Palsy recovery, and the initial treatment goal according to TCM would be to expel Wind and resolve Damp, as well as to invigorate qi and promote blood circulation to the face. 

Here's 11 Bell's Palsy Prevention Tips: 
  1. Wear a Scarf or Muffler.
  2. Maintain a strong immune system.
  3. Don't sleep with a fan blowing on you.
  4. Avoid sitting near an air conditioning vent. 
  5. Consume adequate protein and vegetables. 
  6. Avoid sitting or sleeping in cold drafty areas.
  7. Get up and move every 2 hours to stimulate your Qi.
  8. Never ride on a motorcycle without protecting your neck.
  9. Daily exercise -a combination of muscle & aerobic is best.
  10. Cover up Immediately when you get out of a hot tub, swimming pool or shower. 
  11. Release stagnant emotion through journal writing, talking to a friend or a counselor.

 

Acupuncture: Effective Sciatica Treatment


Sciatica is irritation of the sciatic nerve which results in pain, numbness and tingling. Sciatica pain is typically felt in the lower back radiating down the back of the thigh to below the knee. The pain may be felt as a cramp, as shooting pain down the leg or tingling in the leg or foot. Some patients report that the pain intensifies with coughing or sneezing, and bending the knees or squatting may also make it worse. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, starting as five pairs of nerve roots in the lower or lumbar spine and extending through the buttocks and down to the lower leg. It lies near the sacrum, the back of the pelvis, the back of the thighs, behind the knee and smaller branch nerves travel all the way to the feet.

Sciatica occurs when something pushes on the sciatic nerve. This can be a muscle spasm, the spinal discs, and sometimes even the spine itself. Most often this pain is due to muscle spasms or a slipped disc, but it can also be a sign of serious illness and it is important to go to you doctor for a diagnosis. Technically, sciatica is not a disease, but a group of symptoms that affect the region of the sciatic nerve. Radiating pain is one of the more common and intense symptoms, there can also be numbness and tingling starting in the lower back radiating down the leg. Furthermore, sciatic nerve compression can be caused by several different types of spinal disorders such as: 1) a herniated disc 2) lumbar spinal stenosis 3) spondylolisthesis 4) trauma 5) piriformis syndrome 6) spinal tumors.

Acupuncture is effective for the alleviation of sciatica. Guangzhou Zengcheng Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers conducted a randomized clinical trial and determined that warm needle acupuncture achieves a 96.15% total effective rate. 

Treating sciatica with acupuncture is helpful because it can really relieve the pain and inflammation within the sciatic nerve. Meiji University of Oriental Medicine did research on the effectiveness of acupuncture on sciatica treatment; they found that acupuncture not only influence humans’ pain inhibitory system, it participates in causing a transient change in sciatic nerve blood blow, including circulation to the cauda equine and nerve root. To further your understanding of how acupuncture relieves sciatic nerve pain: there are important acupuncture points within our back that can effectively trigger the sciatic nerve, thereby decreasing inflammation, numbness and pain.

Most of the patients experience substantial sciatica relief after their first treatment, for 2 - 3 times treatment per week for at least 4 weeks to see the progress.

Important note: It usually take 3 to 5 years from Low back pain slowly turn into Sciatica pain, so address your low back pain in the early stage is always better than later.

Book an Appointment with our Therapists online Now

Or Call Oriental Acupuncture Clinic today at 416-800-3978
to set up your first appointment!

Healing from the root, beyond treating symptoms.
So you can experience greater health and well-being!

Acupuncture and Natural Therapies for Sciatica

Acupuncture for gout treatment - Healing from the root

"Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm"...Hippocrates (希波克拉底-古希腊名医)



As we know gout medication such as Allopurinol, NSAI's (Indomethacin), Colchicine, Probenecid, Losartan, Febuxostat etc. these medicines do not cure your gout, and you will depend on them for the rest of your life! Due to their negative effect on kidneys and liver they make you even sicker(instead of curing) and the bad side effects will create more (new) health problems.

Is healing gout possible?


As we know, Gout is a disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet, deposition of chalkstones, and episodes of acute pain. Acupuncture has been used very successfully to treat gout for thousand years. 

Huang Fu Mi (AD 215-AD 282), the author of 《The systematic classic of acupuncture and moxibustion》 was suffered from gout and Hemiplegia before he became the greatest acupuncturist and Chinese medical scientist. Nothing made him getting better until he started studying acupuncture & moxibustion and applying acupuncture moxibustion treatment on himself. 


This condition is caused by combination of several different factors: heat or cold, damp or excess fluid, and a degree of poor blood circulation. All these conditions together create the perfect storm for gout and arthritis to occur. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) holds that the main cause of the disease is rich and greasy food which leads to internal pent-up heat and damp with the wind and cold invading channels and collaterals and blocking the movement of qi and fluids. This causes stasis of damp and heat that are thus transformed into phlegm which stagnates in the collaterals causing swelling and hot pain in the joint.Another factor may be physical weakness, particularly due to ageing, leading to disturbance in the function of Spleen and Kidney. The disease is commonly manifested at the first metatarso-phalangeal joint, through which the Spleen channel passes.

Can acupuncture be used to treat gout?


Acupuncture aims to reduce the heat (also know as inflammation), dispel the excess fluid, damp and cold from the body, and increase blood circulation for greater range of movement , relieve the pain from a gout flare-up and regulate the function of the Spleen and Kidneys.  However, a full recovery from gout and other arthritic conditions must also include nutritional/dietary changes in order to be fully successful.  It usually takes a few sessions(at least 8 to 10 sessions) to see a noticeable change. and also combined with moxibustion or cupping treatments can reach a better healing process.

Or Call Oriental Acupuncture Clinic today at 416-800-3978
to set up your first appointment!

Healing from the root, beyond treating symptoms.
So you can experience greater health and well-being!
With our Therapist's 30+ years clinical experience, 
you will feel the difference.

Acupuncture for Prostatitis BPH Relief vs. Drug Therapy

 Acupuncture alleviates prostatitis and reduces relapse rates. Jiujiang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers compared usual pharmaceutical treatment with acupuncture. The results show that acupuncture promotes local blood circulation, improves urethra and bladder function, and alleviates overall symptoms correlated with prostatitis.

Drug therapy produced significant results and limited the relapse rate to 10%. In an important discovery, acupuncture reduced the relapse rate to 3%, significantly outperforming the drug therapy group. 

In the study, National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatic Symptom Index (NIH-CPSI) scores, Self-rating Depression Scale (SDS) scores, white blood cell counts in the prostatic fluid during routine examinations (EPS), norepinephrine (NE) content, and recurrence rates were compared between an acupuncture group and a drug therapy group. The efficacy levels were based on a 4-level scale:

  • Recovered: symptoms disappeared, NIH-CPSI score decreased by over 90%
  • Significantly effective: symptoms significantly relieved, NIH-CPSI score decreased by 60% to 89%
  • Effective: symptoms relieved, NIH-CPSI score decreased by 30% to 59%
  • Ineffective: symptoms persisted or aggravated
The acupuncture and drug control groups received independent 30-day treatments. The drug group received 0.25 mg clarithromycin (twice daily) and 2 mg terazosin (once daily), for 30 days.

In the drug therapy group, 27 cases recovered, 15 were significantly effective, 10 were effective, and 8 were ineffective. In the acupuncture group, 44 cases recovered, 10 were significantly effective, 4 were effective, and 2 were ineffective. The results show that acupuncture significantly outperforms the prescribed drug therapy protocol.

The efficacy of acupuncture and herbal medicine within the Chinese medicine meridian system for the treatment of prostatitis is both ancient and modern. Classical texts from antiquity and modern clinical and laboratory research consistently demonstrate that acupuncture is an effective treatment protocol for the alleviation of prostatitis.

When the drug therapy didn't work for you, TCM acupuncture is always another treatment option or the first option  for the BPH treatment. 

Looking for experienced Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, feel free to call Oriental Ensure Acupuncture Clinic at 416-800-3978 or book an appointment online with our acupuncturist or Traditional Chinese Medicine  practitioner.



3 Common Acupressure Points for Tinnitus ( Ringing in the ears )

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine provide relief for patients with tinnitus. Anhui University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Affiliated Hospital researchers conclude that acupuncture plus topical herbal medicine reduces the severity of tinnitus with a total effective rate of 93.5%


Acupressure can reduce tinnitus symptoms by applying pressure to specific points on the body. The following are the commonly used acupressure points for tinnitus that you can do on your own. Some of the pressure points are hard to press with your fingers, you can use acupressure probe.

Tinggong (SI19)

Tinggong can be used to relieve excessive ear pain, irregular ear discharge and tinnitus. It is located in the hollow directly in front of the ear. Press it lightly with your forefinger and applying pressure using small circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes with your mouth open.

Ermen (SJ21)

Ermen can be used to reduce discharge of pus from the ear, earache and tinnitus ringing and buzzing. It is located directly above the Tinggong point. Press it lightly with your forefinger and applying pressure using small circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes with your mouth open.

Tinghui (GB2)

Tinghui can be used to relieve excessive itching in the ear and tinnitus. It is located directly below the Tinggong point. Press it lightly with your forefinger and applying pressure using small circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes with your mouth open.







TCM PROTECTION ADVICE FOR FLU or COVID PREVENTION

  • Balanced diet: The diet is well—cooked and has balanced nutrition. You can eat some foods classified as both herb and/or food, such as radish, asparagus, yam, dandelion, ageratum, chrysanthemum, lotus leaf, etc. Remember not to eat wild animals.
  •  Moderate exercise: Exercise moderately. You can learn to use traditional healthcare methods such as Taijiquan, Wuqinxi, Baduanjin, etc.,and choose an exercise method that suits you according to your personal conditions.
  • Positive emotions: Keep your spirits up. Don't panic, don't be irritable, don't worry. Feel comfortable, refresh your mind, maintain your rest, and feel good.
  • Acupoint healthcare: Moxibustion, massage, acupressure etc. are frequently applied to important healthcare acupoints such as Zusanli(St36), Qihai (RN6/CV6), Guanyuan (RN4/CV4), etc.; it can boost our immunity poweer or enhance the body's energy to achieve the purpose of preventing disease.

  • Daily life: Work and rest regularly to ensure adequate sleep. To adapt to climate changes, adjust the quilt and indoor temperature in time, and pay attention to cold and warm. If you sweat, take a hot bath and change clothes promptly.
  • Preventative Herbal Sachets: Ingredients: Atractylodes rhizome (Cang Zhu),Eupatorium (Pei Lan), Tsaolco fruit (Cao Guo),Patchouli (HuoXiang),Mugwort leaf (AiYe),Grassleaf sweetflag rhizome (Shi Chang Pu) etc.
How to use: Hang it indoors or in a car, or wear it on you. It has the effect of refreshing your environment and detoxifying to prevent epidemics.
However, the herbal sachet is not recommended for pregnant women and those with allergic diseases (such as asthma, rhinitis, etc.). The herbs in the sachet is for external use only. Do not consume or ingest the sachet.
  • Try to avoid places where people gather. If you must go, please wear a mask!

Acupressure points combined with custom essential oils for toothache

Toothache or swollen gum pain is an annoying issue that could happen to everybody. Acupuncture does relieve the toothache or gum pain quickly, but for people who don't like needles can also try this home remedy for quick gum pain or toothache relief. It works as quick as in 15 minutes.
Custom essential oils for toothache/gum pain by Emily

Acupressure point : LI4

Acupressure point: ST44

Any questions or book appointments 
please text 647-230-2907(Emily) 
or find her on Wechat



Most common Covid-19 vaccine side effects and vaccination aftercare

For months, reports have trickled in about weird symptoms of COVID-19. There was COVID toes, unusual skin rashes, and loss of taste and smell, which later became an "official" symptom of the virus. Now there's a new one to keep on the back burner: COVID tongue, which is with bumps, along with inflammation and swelling. 

We also had a patient called in yesterday for acupuncture for the swollen tongue after vaccination. and Jarry (R.Ac)  had a patient who got Bell's Palsy after second dose  vaccine.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility. For mild symptoms, acupuncture can always help to relief headache, fatigue, muscle pain, Bell's palsy etc. More info about COVID-19 vaccination aftercare 


Most common vaccine side effects in older adults 


Data collected from the vaccine clinical trials by U.S.
CDC

Side effects in adults 65+ after Moderna vaccine (second dose)
  • Pain at injection site (83.4%)
  • Fatigue (58.4%)
  • Headache (46.4%)
  • Muscle pain (46.9%)
  • Joint pain (34.9%)
  • Chills (30.6%)
Nausea/vomiting (11.8%) and fever (10.2%) were also reported.


Side effects in adults >55 after Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (second dose)
  • Pain at injection site (66.1%)
  • Fatigue (50.5%)
  • Headache (39.0%)
  • Muscle pain (28.7%)
  • Chills (22.7%)
  • Joint pain (18.9%)
Fever (10.9%), diarrhea (8.3%) and vomiting (0.7%) were also reported.

Side effects in adults 60+ after Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Pain at injection site (33.3%)
  • Headache (30.4%)
  • Fatigue (29.7%)
  • Muscle pain (24.0%)
  • Nausea (12.3%)
  • Fever (3.1%)
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Acupuncture Cupping Massage for a goodnight sleep

Sleep disorders plague millions of Canadians and can be attributed to a variety of causes. Perhaps the main cause of insomnia and restless sleep is the whirlwind pace that most modern people live with day in and day out. Our society emphasizes ‘doing’ much more than ‘being’. From the perspective of acupuncture, the yin aspect of life is quite depleted for the average modern Canadian. In case you have never heard of yin and yang, these are the polar forces that are reflected in everything in the natural world. Yin is related to stillness, tranquility, and contemplation. Yang is related to movement, accomplishment, and function. We need yin and yang to be in balance within ourselves in order to experience true health and wellbeing. When we are yin deficient, we easily become restless, irritable, and excessively busy. Our ability to rest and restore is compromised, as we never seem to get a break from the constant activity in our minds and our lives.

This is one of the main dilemmas that we face in terms of experiencing deep states of continuous sleep. We have forgotten how to turn our minds off due to the frantic speed of everything around us and we have become yin deficient. The common word is stress, but there is a lot more to this picture than is implied. Another way to look at this is that the sympathetic nervous system is on overdrive. We are stuck in fight or flight mode, as we are trying to keep up with our hectic schedules and myriad responsibilities. We have excessive amounts of cortisol and adrenaline in our systems, which keep us feeling amped up and unable to rest. With the pattern of yin deficiency and a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system, we often feel too warm, excessively thirsty, dried out, and anxious. This pattern is extremely common in menopausal women. Due to the fact that we are in fight or flight, we sometimes can’t tell if we are tired. We often feel wired or manic. Yet other times a deep-seated exhaustion is felt that penetrates into our bones.

There are many other factors that contribute to insomnia, but this is the primary issue that many people are facing. Other potential inputs are nutritional imbalances, suppressed emotions, relationship troubles, hormonal imbalances, and energetic imbalances.

Let’s take a look at a few of the top natural treatment options for insomnia:

Acupuncture: All of the major organs of the body are related to specific kinds of insomnia. For instance, there is a liver/gall bladder insomnia in which one is kept awake strategizing, planning and scheduling their lives at night. This person often can’t turn their minds off unless they read or watch TV before bed. Likewise, there are kidney, heart, lung and spleen forms of insomnia that all have specific manifestations. Acupuncture is an excellent treatment option for insomnia, regardless of its etiology. For chronic insomnia, I generally recommend receiving acupuncture once a week for 4-6 weeks, then we can assess for progress. Acupuncture helps to restore balance to the central nervous system and harmonize Qi, the functional energy that underlies our general state of health. Qi can either become stagnant, meaning that too much energy is locked up in a certain area or organ, or it can become deficient, meaning that there is not enough energy in an area or organ. Either pattern can cause insomnia and both are treatable with acupuncture.

Don't like needles check our TCM Herbal Formula for Insomnia or Cupping treatment for insomnia or Head Massage


Or Call Oriental Acupuncture Clinic today 
at 416-800-3978 to set up your first appointment!

Healing from the root, 
beyond treating symptoms.
So you can experience 
greater health and well-being!

IVF Acupuncture FAQs

 IVF Acupuncture research can be confusing, with the majority of research previously focused on treatment applied only at the time of embryo transfer. That and varying information on forums and in conversations abounds.

More recent research now suggests most benefit is achieved with a higher “dose” of acupuncture prior to and during the IVF cycle.


So, what does this research suggest in terms of best practice IVF Acupuncture to optimise psychological and physiological benefits and when should I start?


1. Commencement

The evidence denotes that:

  • if you are going to use acupuncture it may be advisable for to have it before and during the stimulation phase of the IVF cycle.
  • it is useful for women to consider acupuncture treatment in the menstrual cycles before their IVF cycle, or before a frozen embryo transfer to improve the uterine lining.


2. How many sessions

The most recent Meta-analysis showed there is a relationship between the acupuncture treatment dose and pregnancy rate with higher dose acupuncture before embryo transfer showing a significant benefit and increased pregnancy rate.


In studies where more than three treatments were performed, the clinical pregnancy rate significantly improved (N=8 / n=1595, RR 1.50, 95% CI 1.18–1.90, P=0.001) (Smith 2019).


One 2015 study by Hullender showed that acupuncture administered to IVF patients at a dose of 9-12 treatments prior to embryo transfer is associated with more live births.


Further, Hullender analysed the outcomes of more than a thousand IVF cycles and found that women who used Chinese Medicine (acupuncture with or without herbs), had a higher live birth rate than those doing IVF alone.


How much higher?

The proportion of live births was 61.3% in the Chinese Medicine group and 48.2% in the usual IVF care group and 50.8% in the group having acupuncture only on day of Embryo transfer.


3. When should I book in?

  • Ideally, 1 month before your start your IVF cycle.

  • I advocate bi-weekly treatment for 4 weeks prior to IVF cycle and 2 weeks during stimulation cycle.

  • Electro-Acupuncture may be used during IVF stimulation and/or prior to Frozen embryo transfer.






4. Day of transfer acupuncture

Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer has significant benefit for women who have increased stress levels or who have had multiple previous IVF cycles, or where there was a low baseline pregnancy rate expectation (Smith 2018).


Continuing this approach in the two-week wait for test results is also helpful for these women to manage IVF related stress and anxiety.

  • Embryo Transfer acupuncture (ETA) is best done on the same day (or within 24 hours if on same day is not possible).

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These recommendations have put together drawing on the most recent research findings (including a 2019 Meta-analysis, 2018 randomized controlled trials and 2016 Retrospective Cohort study).


These research-based recommendations aim to clarify:

  1. When to start acupuncture and how many Acupuncture treatments may be of benefit.

  2. Considerations surrounding Embryo Transfer Acupuncture (ETA) and acupuncture in the wait between embryo transfer and pregnancy blood test.

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