Welcome to Oriental Acupuncture Clinic Scarborough & Markham


In this modern society, 
many people suffer from sub-health or ill-health 
as a result of heavy use or 
over-dependence on chemical drugs.
These drugs may trigger 
hypersensitivity reactions or 
lower the body's immune system. 

More and more people have taken 
advantage of the significant benefits 
of naturopathy, such as Acupuncture,
Moxibustion,Massage Therapy(Chinese TuiNa),
Acupressure,Reflexology,Cupping, 
and Traditional Oriental herbs.


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 involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. It 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

三代中医世家中医针灸师
山西中医学院毕业并在山西中医学院附属医院就职多年,28年丰富的临床经验,
擅治男女科不孕不育,子宫内膜异位,多囊卵巢综合症...
神经科小儿弱智,小儿多动症,中风偏瘫,面瘫,癫痫,抑郁等疑难杂症...
偏头疼,风湿性关节炎,坐骨神经痛,痛风,网球肘及各类运动损伤等各类痛症...



Emily Fu(Student RMT)
Licensed holistic practitioner

Government registered by



Treatments maybe covered by your health
insurance providers,Car insurance or WSIB. 

 We offer direct billing to 15 major insurers: 
• Reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. 
• 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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Please contact us anytime! 
We look forward to hearing from you.

Scarborough Office

Unit 206 - 1920 Ellesmere Rd, 
Scarborough professional medical building.

Markham Office:
6633 Hwy7 East, Markham Suite 316
(Hwy7 / 9th Line Ashgrove Medical Centre)

Acupuncture TCM for Heart Health & Lower Cholesterol

The risk of heart attack rises in winter.

Cold weather can increase blood pressure and raise cholesterol levels—two key risk factors for heart attack. It can also make blood more likely to form heart-threatening clots.So it is very important to take care of your heart health and look at the ways to lower cholesterol in the cold winter!
One out of every two men and one out of every three women will develop heart disease sometime in their life.  About 2.4 million Canadian aged 20 years and older live with ischemic heart disease. Heart disease is also the second leading cause of death in Canada.
Research has clearly shown that lowering cholesterol can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Whether you have heart disease already or want to prevent it, you can reduce your risk for having a heart attack by lowering your cholesterol level.
Make sure your cholesterol is being monitored and find out how acupuncture and Traditional herbal medicine can help you stay healthy.

Reduce Risk with TCM


In TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine) , the three major different causes of High Cholesterol: 1.Spleen wet; 2.Liver depression, 3.Kidney deficiency. So for each individual, the treatment will be different, all depend on the TCM diagnosis result for each patient.

At Oriental Acupuncture Clinic,

Acupuncturecupping, moxibustion or herbal medicine all can be used to treat the high cholesterol condition.

Acupuncture can be used to treat many of the health conditions that are known to drastically increase the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol.

Here are a few of the risk factors that can be addressed with acupuncture:
* Smoking
* High Blood Pressure
* Excess weight
* Diabetes


Herbal Medicine

Several Chinese herbs and herbal formulas are used to lower cholesterol levels:


  • Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi) also known as Hawthorn berry, have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.




  • Reishi mushroom: In addition to lowering blood pressure, Reishi can improve overall circulation, lower inflammation that worsens heart problems, and prevent clogged arteries or high cholesterol levels.

                           


    • Ginkgo biloba benefits range from improving blood flow, brain power and eyesight. However, it is primarily a circulatory herb used for treating vascular diseases. Ginkgo Biloba is also useful in lowering the risk of atherosclerosisthrombosis and heart attack since it may help remove plaque from the arteries, neutralize free radicals, prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol and platelet aggregation.

                                             
      • Turmeric increases the population of receptors for LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad”) cholesterol in the liver. This effect directly increases the breakdown of LDL cholesterol and the reduction of blood cholesterol levels.In addition, the antioxidant effect of turmeric inhibits lipid peroxidation and prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.This is important for cardiovascular health because oxidized LDL cholesterol is responsible for the clogging and thickening of the arteries.Lastly, turmeric can also improve cardiovascular health by its anti-platelet action. By preventing platelets from sticking together, turmeric prevents blood clot formation and can, therefore, reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

                         

        Most herbal medicines are a blend of herbs specifically chosen for each individual. Please talk to your practitioner about which herbal formulas and supplements for high cholesterol and heart health are right for you.

        Causes of High Cholesterol

        Three nutrients in your diet make LDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels rise:
        * Saturated fat, a type of fat found mostly in foods that come from animals
        * Trans fat, found mostly in foods made with hydrogenated oils and fats such as stick margarine,
        * Cholesterol, which comes only from animal products.
        Learn how to read a food label - Choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.


        Overweight
        Excess weight tends to increase your LDL level. Also, it typically raises triglycerides, a fatty substance in the blood and in food and lowers HDL. Losing the extra pounds may help lower your LSL and triglycerides, while raising your HDL.

        Physical Inactivity
        Being physically inactive contributes to overweight and can raise LDL and lower HDL. Regular physical activity can raise HDL and lower triglycerides, and can help you lose weight and, in that way, help lower your LDL.
        Participate in physical activity of moderate intensity—like brisk walking—for at least 30 minutes on most, and preferably all, days of the week. No time? Break the 30 minutes into three, 10-minute segments during the day.

        Smoking
        Don't smoke. If you do smoke, our acupuncturist:Jarry Liu can help you quit.

        Your Cholesterol Level

        You can have high cholesterol and not realize it. Most of people with high cholesterol have no symptoms. So it's important to have your blood cholesterol levels checked. All adults age 20 and older should have their cholesterol levels checked at least once every 5 years. If you have elevated cholesterol, you'll need to have it tested more often.

        Setting your Goal
        The main goal in treating high cholesterol is to lower your LDL level. Studies have proven that lowering LDL can prevent heart attacks and reduce deaths from heart disease in both men and women.

        Total Cholesterol
        Less that 200 mg/dL - Desirable
        200-239 mg/dL - Borderline high
        240 mg/dL and above - High

        LDL Cholesterol
        Less than 100 mg/dL - Optimal (ideal)
        100-129 mg/dL - Near optimal/ above optimal
        130-159 mg/dL - Borderline high
        160-189 mg/dL - High
        190 mg/dL and above - Very high

        HDL Cholesterol
        Less than 40 mg/dL Major heart disease risk factor
        60 mg/dL and above - Gives some protection against heart disease

        Health Tips, Foods and supplements for High Cholesterol

        *Simply increase you intake of fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal, whole grains, fruits(like apples), vegetables(like Spinach) , legumes (beans, soybeans). Instead of drinking coffee, drinking green tea is beneficial for many conditions and ailments, and LDL cholesterol is no exception. Drink one cup of green tea daily and you may find that your high LDL cholesterol levels will say their final farewell. 

        * Soy products help lower cholesterol levels due to their isoflavone content.

        * Include garlic, onions, avocados, salmon, almonds and walnuts in your diet.

        * Omega-3 oils such as flax seed oil and fish oil helps lower cholesterol.

        * Copper and chromium are minerals that have been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

        So except taking acupuncture , cupping or Chinese herbal medicine. Treating patients with very high cholesterol who also simply needed a change to their diet and lifestyle to improve their health. Keep in mind that this change in diet does not have to be an all-or-nothing overhaul of deprivation and starvation. If you have high cholesterol, start simple:

        Take an apple daily: As with beans, apples are an excellent source of LDL-lowering soluble fiber, primarily pectin. Research published in December 2014 in the European Journal of Nutrition also shows that eating an apple a day (or better yet, two) can slow the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.


        Bean sprout: Mung bean sprouts are an excellent source of lecithin which, besides lowering blood cholesterol levels, helps reduce liver fat.





         Onions: Study shows that flavonoids in onions reduced the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad”cholesterol in obese people at risk of heart disease.


        Jarry Liu: Chinese Acupuncturist more than 30 years clinical experience. Looking for a reputable acupuncturist, feel free to send message to Jarry@OrientalAcupuncture.ca for FREE Consultation or call 416-800-3978 to set up an appointment.


        Acupuncture for different types of health conditions - Reviewed by WHO





        The use of acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat many types of conditions. In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.” Below you will see a list of the conditions mentioned in the report.


        Psychological Conditions
        Neurological Conditions
        Musculo-skeletal Conditions
        • Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
        • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendinitis, contractures
        • Arthritis
        • Fibromyalgia
        • Work and sports related injuries
        • Low back and/or neck strain
        • Osteoarthritis
        • “Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”
        • Sciatica
        Respiratory System Conditions
        • Acute sinusitis
        • Acute rhinitis
        • Common cold and allergies*
        • Acute tonsillitis
        • Acute bronchitis
        • Bronchial asthma


        Conditions of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
        • Acute conjunctivitis
        • Central retinitis
        • Myopia (in children)
        • Cataract (without complications)
        • Toothaches, post extraction pain
        • Gingivitis
        • Acute and chronic pharyngitis
        Gastrointestinal Conditions
        Gynecological Conditions
        Cardiovascular Conditions
        Other Conditions
        • Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs
        • Appetite suppression
        Healing from the root, beyond treating symptoms.
        So you can experience greater health and well-being!

        With Jarry's 30 years clinical experience, you will feel the difference.



        Why Acupuncture can treat different kinds of Headaches



        Headache can be more complicated than most people realize. Different kinds can have their own set of symptoms, happen for unique reasons, and need different treatments.

        In TCM theory, different kinds of headaches is related to different meridian's blockage or "Qi" poor flow on that certain meridian. 

        1. Headaches on the top of the head - Liver Meridian 
        2. Forehead headache - Stomach Meridian
        3. Headahces on both side of the head - Gallbladder Meridian
        4. Headache and feel heavy head - Spleen meridian
        5. Headache and dry throat - heart and kidney meridian
        6. Headache on the back of the head - Bladder meridian
        So acupuncture on different meridians can improve these meridian "Qi" flow better and treat these different kinds of headaches from the root.  

        Looking for an experienced and reputable acupuncturist, please feel free to call 416-800-3978 
        Direct Billing to 15 major insurance...

        What's Tongue Diagnosis in TCM and Why?


        Observing and interpreting the signs offered by the tongue is one of the more important diagnostic tools in Chinese medicine. The tongue, like other body parts such as the hands, feet and ears, is a hologram of the body. As such, the tongue can reveal the depth and nature of any imbalances and can also be used to gauge the process of recovery. In Chinese medicine, the tongue is divided into five-element zones that correspond to your internal organ networks. 

        1. Tongue tip
        The fire element zone, which corresponds to the heart-small intestine network, is located at the tip of the tongue. This includes matters of the heart, both emotions and the physical health. In Chinese medicine, the spirit is said to reside in the heart network. Stress and anxiety will show up as red color and red dots on the tip of the tongue. Increasing heat signs means hyperactivity in the heart network due to stress and tension. 

        2. Sides of your tongue
        The sides of your tongue display the wood element. Teeth markings on the sides of the tongue usually mean stagnant energy in the liver network. You may also notice a bluish-green or purplish hue or spots in this zone. Dark spots may indicate more serious problems. On several occasions, we've noticed purple spots in the wood zone in patients that suffer from low energy, discomfort, distension around the lower ribs, and swelling in the abdomen.  

        3. Behind the tongue tip
        The band-like area across the tongue and just behind the tip is the metal element zone, which corresponds to the respiratory and the immune systems. When this area turns reddish, or when red pin-sized dots occur, it usually means a respiratory infection is on its way or is settling into the body. Paleness in the metal zone may reflect a weakened immune system. In rare fungal infections of the lungs, there may appear a brownish black coating over this zone, which was the case with several of my patients who suffer from lesions in their lungs. 

        4. Center of the tongue
        This area is the earth element zone, and it is related to the stomach-spleen-pancreas network. Problems of the digestive system most often show up here in the center of the tongue. G.E.R.D. -- stomach and esophagus acid reflux that keeps many people awake at night -- may be seen with redness and a yellowish coating in the center of the tongue. Subtle changes in this area may indicate digestive problems that have not surfaced yet; observe this area and take prophylactic steps if necessary. 

        5. Back of your tongue
        The back of the tongue reflects many of the body's functions, but is mainly the domain of the water element, or kidney-bladder network, which includes the hormonal system and sexual glands. The two large, elevated papilla on the back of the tongue are a normal part of the taste buds. What you should look for is color and coating. For example, when we see a thick yellow coating at the back-center of the tongue in the female patients, we know that they are very likely to get a bladder infection. We tell them to immediately start drinking 8 to 12 glasses of filtered water a day, take 5,000 mg of vitamin C, and to drink cranberry juice or take its extract -- this regimen will typically help prevent a bladder infection.



        In TCM, the tongue has many relationships and connections in the body, both to the meridians and internal organs. It is therefore very useful and important during inspection for confirming TCM diagnosis. It can present strong visual indicators of a person's overall harmony or disharmony. The top value of tongue diagnosis is to help identify syndromes and determine treatment. 

        For your free consultation, please send the picture of your tongue by email OrientalAcupuncture@outlook.com 
        Or sign up an free account at our patients's portal 

        What Your Tongue Color Telling You

        Tongue color varies widely from person to person, but is a good indicator of the overall nature of what is going on in the body. A red tongue indicates that there is heat present in the body, and the redder the tongue, the more heat present. A tongue that is pale indicates a deficiency of qi and blood or the presence of cold. A purple tongue tells your practitioner that there is stagnation somewhere in the body. Tongue color may also vary on different parts of the tongue. For example, a tongue that is red at the very tip indicates heat in the Heart, as the tip of the tongue correlates with conditions of the Heart. Just behind the tip corresponds to the Lungs; the sides of the tongue are associated with the Liver; the center of the tongue with the Spleen/Stomach or digestion; and the back of the tongue is associated with the condition of the Kidney. 
         1. Too red tongue This indicates that the body has excessive heat. The body may have some of the following symptoms such as, body feels hot, easy to perspire, red face, takes time to fall asleep or vivid dreams, constipation, pungent dark stool, hunger (eats more), very emotional (easy to get anxious) or period comes earlier. Some may have the following disorders, hyperactive thyroid, high blood pressure or menopause. 
         2. Pale tongue This indicates that your body has a lack of digestion, Qi and blood deficiency. You may have some of the following symptoms such as lack of energy, pale face, dizziness (especially upon standing), short of breath, sluggish bowel movement, bloating after eating, scanty period (one or two days), little or no milk production after labour. These people may also have the following disorders: low blood pressure, anemia or infertility/frequent miscarriage. 


         3. Purple/dark tongue This indicates that the liver and heart have a functioning disorder and there maybe a lack of circulation with blood clots (you may have an old injury). Usually you may have the some of the following symptoms such as body aches/pain, joint, neck and shoulder stiffness and pain, chest pain, headaches or period pain with blood clots and brownish bleeding. These people may suffer the following disorders such as endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, migraine, arthritis.
         4. Dry tongue Dryness of the tongue is often caused by swelling of the salivary glands - the fleshy bulgy sacs under the tongue where saliva is produced. This is often caused by stress. Regulate stress by relaxation routines such as breathing or Taichi or Qigong. Also, stimulate the flow of saliva and flush out the salivary ducts by drinking cider vinegar and lemon diluted in a glass of water. Persistant dryness could be caused by Sjorgren's syndrome - an immunological disorder. If your tongue is persistantly dry seek medical advice. A dry furry tongue indicates excessive mucus in the body. This is caused by too much dairy and sugar in the blood. Eat a well-balanced diet and cut down on milk, butter and eggs.
         5. Purple Tongue:A purple or red-purple tongue may arise with certain diseases but can also precede the development of a blue tongue. It should therefore be carefully monitored in acute cases to take note of whether more distinct blueness sets in. A purple tongue is uncommon compared to other discoloration of the tongue. It is more commonly seen with nutritional deficiencies and in particular with vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency. However, it is not a common symptom in ariboflavinosis. In TCM, a purple tongue indicates pathogenic heat, and blood stasis. 
         6. Blue Tongue A bluish tongue is always considered to a be a serious sign that warrants medical attention. It is an important sign of cyanosis – a condition caused by an insufficient oxygen supply to tissue. The condition may be caused by blood disorders, diseased blood vessels, cardiac (heart) dysfunction or respiratory (lung and airway) insufficiency. This may include various conditions as discussed under the causes of cyanosis such as: Acute respiratory distress Airway obstruction, Asthmatic attacks, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Congenital heart disease Pneumonia, Poisoning Suffocation 
         7. Black Tongue A black discoloration of the tongue is rarely due to any disease. It frequently develops from birth or sometime during the course of life and tends to be permanent. However, sometimes there is a black discoloration of the tongue which may arise when the papillae become elongated giving the tongue a hairy feel. This condition is known as black, hairy tongue. More food debris collects than normal and there is an increase in the bacteria within the mouth. It usually develops as a yellow discoloration, which progresses to a brown and then black discoloration. Causes may include : Regular use of certain medication including antibiotics and bismuth-containing drugs used for indigestion. Certain types of mouthwash. Tobacco etc...

        Looking for an experienced TCM acupuncturist for proper diagnosis or treatments,please feel free to call 416-800-3978 for your appointment or book online.

        百病皆生于气而止于音


        中医典籍《内经》说:“人有五脏化五气,以生喜怒悲忧恐。故喜怒伤气,寒暑伤形;暴怒伤阴,暴喜伤阳。”也就是说,自然界的寒暑伤人,主要是伤人体的皮毛筋骨,而情绪伤人,直接伤五脏。七情,就是指喜、怒、忧、思、悲、恐、惊七种情志活动,中医认为它是人体对外界环境的生理反应,一般情况下是不会直接致人于病的。但是,倘若情志活动剧烈、过度,超越人体能够承受的限度,并持久不得平静,那就必然影响脏腑气血功能,导致全身气血紊乱。如《素问·举痛论》说:“怒则气上,喜则气缓,悲则气消,恐则气下,惊则气乱,思则气结。”又如“怒伤肝、喜伤心、思伤脾、忧伤肺、恐伤肾”等,都说明了七情的过度偏激对人体的气血、脏腑均有一定的损害。

        人的情志活动要保持相对的平静,平时就要重视思想修养及精神调摄,客观对待周围事物的变化,使自己的精神面貌经常处在乐观、愉快、安静、平和之中,这对于养生有益。
        《史记卷二十四——乐书第二》司马迁把乐与音、声做了严格区分,认为心感于物而动,产生声;声与声相感应,发生有规律的变化,叫作音;人因音而生欢乐,甚至翩翩而舞,都叫作乐。所以他说:“乐(发“月”音)者,乐(发“勒”音)也。”就是说,只有使人欢乐的音乐才是司马迁所说的乐(发“月”音)。对于在七情所致疾病中,音乐所起的独特作用,医家张子和颇有见地:“以悲治怒,以怆恻苦楚之音感之;以喜治悲,以谑戏狎之言误之;以恐治喜,以迫遽死亡之言师之;以怒制思,以污辱欺罔之事能之;以思治恐,以虑彼志此之言夺之。凡此五者,必诡诈谲怪,无所不至,然后可动人耳目,易之视之。”七情和悦乃健康长寿之基,音乐正是通过意识情感的作用,对五脏的生理病理产生影响,用音乐“雪其躁心,释其竞心”,追求“淡泊宁静,心无尘翳”,达到养生的目的。
        百病皆生于气,而止于音。气是构成人体最基本的物质基础。人体气机条达,气血通畅,脏腑功能正常。气机失调可导致各种疾病。
        以分贝论之,古琴的分贝一般高不超50,低可在10分贝以下。(分贝是形容声音大小的物理量,10分贝相当于风吹落叶沙沙声,像是在很安静的房间;50分贝类似于办公室环境)50分贝以下的音乐可以使副交感神经兴奋,这时人开始呼吸深长,血压稳定,心脏徐缓而有力,新陈代谢降低,而消化吸收功能增强,能量贮存,精气得养,人向健康发展。故无论是抚琴还是听琴,都会得到良好的感受,给人体的正常生理一个良好刺激,以达到保健长寿的效果。
        古琴音乐“哀不至伤,乐不至淫”讲究中正平和、和谐自然;运指调气、意在弦外。古琴声调、音色、节奏与人体内的生理振动“心律、心率、呼吸、血压、脉搏等”相吻合,古琴音乐可以调节情绪,抒发感情,平衡脏腑功能。听琴、弹琴可以修身,调性、养心,达到防病及调理身心健康作用。
        养心静心的古琴曲有《平沙落雁》《良宵吟》《鸥鹭忘机》《梅花三弄》《流水》《渔樵问答》《普庵咒》等,每天在临睡前听听这些古琴曲也有很好的助眠作用