3 Acupuncture Points to Boost Your Energy Levels

It is estimated that over 50% of the Canadian population experiences chronic fatigue. The most common causes are stress, overwork, insomnia, depression, and various malfunctions in the major systems of the body (endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, etc.) Western medicine is decidedly lacking in safe and effective treatment options for fatigue. Quite commonly, the first step is to use a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as Prozac, Paxil, or Wellbutrin, as fatigue is commonly associated with depression. Although trends are changing among the newer generation of doctors, it is still quite rare that the patient is offered lifestyle counseling that focuses on nutrition, exercise, and sleep. There are many wonderful alternative treatment options that include acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and exercise. Acupuncture tops the list because it tends to be so effective is supplementing the body’s energy.


The majority of patients who complain of fatigue suffer from a deficiency of vital energy (Qi). Qi is the basic energy that creates optimal physiological and neurological function. Aside from fatigue, other signs of Qi deficiency are diarrhea, pallor, easy bruising, excessive sleep (more than 9 hrs. a night), scanty menses or amenorrhea, frequent urination, low libido, and shortness of breath. The strategy of Chinese medicine is to identify a pattern of disharmony that reflects the entirety of one’s symptoms, pulse qualities, and tongue appearance.  We recommend weekly acupuncture treatments for 4-6 weeks, then assessing for progress. Combining with the Traditional Herbal Formula or reflexology is also a great option. 
3 Chinese Acupressure Points to Boost Your Energy Levels


Qi deficiency primarily affects 4 different organs: the spleen, kidney, heart, and lungs. Here are symptoms and herbal treatment options for each pattern:

Spleen: diarrhea, loose stools, bloating, bruising, fatigue, prolapse, laconic speech, internal cold
Herbal Formula: Bu zhong yi qi tang

Kidney: low back pain, low libido, fatigue, internal cold, frequent urination
Herbal Formula: Jin gui shen qi wan

Heart: restless sleep, worry, fatigue, heart palpitations, shortness of breath
Herbal Formula: Gui pi tang

Lung: chronic cough, weak immunity, allergies, fatigue, shortness of breath, asthma
Herbal formula: Bu fei tang

Adaptogenic herbs such as rhodiola rosea, ashwaganda, and ginseng may be helpful adjuncts .


B Complex: B vitamins are warming and energizing. They build Qi and blood.

Tyrosine: precursor to norepinephrine (often deficient in chronic fatigue)

5HTP: precursor to serotonin, for deeper sleep, weight loss, anxiety

Adrenosen by Health Concerns and Adrenotone by Designs for Health are both effective adrenal tonics for fatigue due to adrenal burnout.


20-30 minutes of exercise 4-5 times a week. At first, this may feel forced and difficult because you won’t want to exercise when you feel tired. After a few days, however, your body will begin to love the endorphin release and serotonin boost that exercise provides. Exercise alone can be a wonderful cure for fatigue. Your program should be a combination of cardiovascular and restorative exercise. Cardiovascular exercise involves running, biking, swimming, hiking, etc. Restorative exercise involves yoga, tai chi, or qi gong.


Many people with chronic fatigue can attribute this pattern to a central theme that is stealing their energy. Perhaps you are in a marriage that is not working or a job that feels stagnant. Maybe you have set your life up so that you never have time for yourself because you are too busy caring for others. Or maybe you have financial problems that make life feel burdensome. Low energy is often a sign that we are not in control of our life, whether it is in relationships, work, with our health or with our money. Set an intention to heal any area of your life that is spiraling out of control and that feels toxic to you.

There are many wonderful treatment options for chronic fatigue. This article is not intended to cover this issue in its entirety, as there can certainly be other factors involved in fatigue (immune dysfunction, low level pathogenic influences, etc.) The key is to be proactive in treating this condition.

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Amazing Benefits of Head Scalp Massage

Head massage has many benefits. It helps improve blood circulation, relaxes the mind, and helps get rid of stress. It also helps in relieving tension, headaches, and migraines. Head massage is also said to improve hair growth and scalp health.
Massaging the scalp and hair with warm oil infused with hair-friendly herbs is a great way to nourish the scalp. It also relaxes your mind and nervous system, promotes sound sleep and may help your memory too.

A warm oil head scalp massage, done once a week, has the following benefits:
  • It conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry, itchy scalp
  • It helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation and hair growth are impeded
  • It helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening existing hair
  • The massage helps relax the scalp and the muscles in the neck area

For an excellent Head Scalp Massage from our experienced practitioner, please call 416-800-3978 or text Emily 647-230-2907 for appointment.

Acupuncture For Fertility , What you need to prepare?

If you are interested in the Chinese medical treatment for infertility, you need prepare several things:
1, Give it at least 3 to 6 month try, you may get pregnant after one month treatment, but most of the time, people need several month treatment to adjust the patient’s condition.
2, For infertility, we need combine both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine together. A lot of people think only acupuncture is good enough for the treatment of infertility, but we think Chinese herbal medicine play a big role in the treatment along with acupuncture. For some cases, acupuncture maybe good enough, but for most of infertility patients, herbal medicine is needed. At Oriental Acupuncture Clinic, we have licensed and experienced  acupuncturist and herbalist for both men and women's fertility treatments.
3, If you are preparing for the IVF or other assistant reproductive treatments, twice acupuncture a week is recommended during the whole process of your western medical treatment. No Chinese herbal medicine is OK if you don’t want to take the herbs, but for some patients, we do hope you can take some diet to improve the treatment. According to the research, acupuncture can improve the successful rate. In our office, we helped a lot of patient during their treatment of IVF. The results are very positive.
 Infertility? Acupuncture is a great option along with IVF or IUI

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One of Jarry's successful case of acupuncture for infertility 

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Acupuncture for hair loss : Does it work?

Have you been losing a lot of hair lately? Is your hair thinning with the passage of time? Many factors like stress, diet, injuries, improper lifestyle, etc. have a drastic effect on the hair, leading to hair thinning and hair loss. Experimenting with various products in the market further aggravates our hair conditions. With so many artificial provisions in today’s world, it’s a good idea to look for alternate options to treat hair loss naturally.

Clinically, common treatments include medication – minoxidil is the drug of choice – and surgical options, like hair transplant or surgical restoration. TCM approaches hair loss differently.
TCM practitioners believe that the main cause of hair loss is blood deficiency. Hair will grow well if there is sufficient blood in the body, and blood in the body is governed by the spleen and the liver. A well-functioning spleen and liver will allow healthy hair growth and shine.
The kidneys also play a very important role,  The kidneys govern the essence of the body, and this kidney essence is needed to keep one’s hair black. Weakened kidney ‘qi’ and a lack of essence may cause hair to turn grey.
Conversely, healthy hair reflects healthy ‘qi’ in the liver, spleen and kidneys. That means that just by looking at a person’s hair, a TCM practitioner can get an idea of a person’s overall health. Dry and brittle hair, for example, might indicate a ‘yin’ deficiency or ‘heat’ in the blood, while hair growth in abnormal places, such as the chin, might indicate that blood is not flowing properly.
While hair type and volume are determined by our genes, overall hair condition is determined by our lifestyle. Many factors – both external and internal – can affect the condition of our blood, and consequently, the state of our hair. These include stress, anxiety, an unhealthy diet, lack of sleep and some medications.
By understanding the whole patient – beyond his or her hair problems – TCM practitioners seek to restore balance to the body, which ultimately restores hair health.
An alternative therapy, acupuncture, which is also one of the most widely recognized and respected Chinese medical practices, is one way to treat your hair follicles without the use of chemicals. The Chinese believe that this non-conventional method re-balances our body’s energy. This energy flow in our body is called “qi” (chi) and it is important for these energy pathways to remain clear for the body to function properly. When a blockage of energy occurs anywhere in the body, illness, diseases and bodily dysfunctions manifest.Acupuncture stimulates the qi and blood circulation, thereby clearing the blockages in the body and redirecting the nutrients to the appropriate places and allowing the body to function properly.
How is acupuncture good for the hair?

  • It is important that the hair follicles have proper nutrition and blood flow, as they are responsible for hair nourishment and healthy hair growth. Applying acupuncture on certain areas in the body and scalp stimulates blood flow and nutrition to the hair follicles, which in turn stimulates new hair growth.
  • Acupuncture helps in drawing lost energy back into the body to restore vitality to the hair follicles, and allow them to regain their ability to contract tightly around the roots of the hair, holding it in place.
  • Acupuncture reduces follicle inflammation, revitalizes the damaged hair follicles, eases scalp itchiness and creates a healthy environment for the hair to grow.
  • Scalp acupuncture, and acupuncture stimulate neurohumoral and endocrine system responses which restore the sebaceous gland functioning, which is important for healthy hair.
  • Chinese medicine believes that the quality of the hair relates to the sufficient amount of qi, blood and kidney energy within the body, the insufficiency of which causes hair loss. Acupuncture takes care of these insufficiencies, strengthens the immune system and stimulates blood circulation thereby promoting healthy hair growth.
  • Acupuncture stimulates hair re-growth in cases of hair loss and balding.

What does an acupuncture hair treatment involve?

The first visit with a professional acupuncture therapist is just like a normal visit with your general physician. It will involve a short TCM diagnosis assessment and a detailed medical history in order to provide the treatment that is necessary and custom tailored for you.  You may experience some hesitation at having needles poked into your body and scalp at first, but this method is definitely worth a try. 

Really don't like needles, no worries, we have options, we also have head(scalp) massage combined with the essential oil for improve the blood circulation, for hair regrowth or for stress-relief, insomnia or migraine. 

Looking for licensed and experienced acupuncturist or TCM herbalist or massage therapists, feel free to call 416-800-3978 to set up the appointment. You can also book an appointment online.

TCM herbs herbal formula for Insomnia

When insomnia rears its restless head, it can have many different faces. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine recognizes several different patterns of insomnia, and treats them according to their specificities. Here we walk you through four common types of insomnia and the herbal formulas used to address them. But broadly speaking, Chinese herbal formulas treat insomnia by:
  • calming the mind,
  • settling the nervous system,
  • building the resources that the body needs for deep rest and relaxation.

Insomnia due to indigestion

For many people, eating a big meal—especially rich, heavy and spicy foods—too soon before bed can undermine quality of sleep or cause insomnia. Not surprisingly, when the digestive system is very active, the body will be restless and it will be hard to fall asleep. In this case, the best remedy is fairly obvious:
  • avoid eating too late
  • make your last meal of the day light and avoid spicy foods.
But Chinese Medicine also has a traditional herbal formula for insomnia due to indigestion, called Bao He Wan. It’s used on an “as needed” rather than an ongoing therapeutic basis.

The Bao He Wan formula:

  • Shan Zha (Crataegi Fructus) – Hawthorn Fruit
  • Shen Qu (Massa Medicata Fermentata) – Medicated Leaven
  • Lai Fu Zi (Raphani Semen) – Radish Seed
  • Chen Pi (Citri Reticulatae Pericarpium) – Aged Citrus Peel
  • Zhi Ban Xia (Pinelliae Rhizoma Preparatum) – Honey Fried Pinellia Rhizome
  • Fu Ling (Poria) – Hoelen
  • Lian Qiao (Forsythiae Fructus) – Forsythia Fruit
Although this formula is composed of digestives, like radish seed and citrus peel, there are a few herbs in here that also help the heart and calm the mind:
  • Shan Zha is a Chinese hawthorn berry which is very beneficial for circulation within the heart.
  • Fu Ling is also a heart tonic (tonic meaning something that imparts energy, strength or vitality) with sedating and tranquilizing effects. In Chinese Medicine, the heart is responsible for the mind and mental agitation, and insomnia is typically attributed to the heart.

Insomnia due to Blood Deficiency

Insomnia due to indigestion usually occurs in isolated incidents and doesn’t tend to be a chronic problem. However, there is a diagnosis pattern that links
  • digestive discomfort,
  • fatigue,
  • poor memory and
  • insomnia.
In this case, the digestive system is deficient. The result is an inability to properly digest food and produce enough healthy blood. In Chinese medicine, quality of the blood is key. Memory and mental activity is closely linked to the state and quality of the blood. For example, the more blood and nutrients available, and the better the cerebral circulation, the better the memory.
The quality of the blood is also important for the heart and mind to be able to settle into sleep. With insomnia due to blood deficiency, it may be hard to fall or stay asleep, and the cause is typically due to worry or rumination. From the Chinese herbalist’s perspective, the excessive worry is closely linked to a deficiency in the digestive system, and the traditional remedy to this type of insomnia is a formula called Gui Pi Tang.

The Gui Pi Tang formula:

  • Ren Shen (Panax Ginseng) – Chinese Ginseng Root
  • Huang Qi (Astragali Radix) – Astragalus Root
  • Bai Zhu (Atractylodis macrocephalae Rhizoma) – White Atractylodes Root
  • Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) – Licorice Root
  • Dang Gui (Angelicae Sinensis Radix) – Chinese Angelica Root
  • Long Yan Rou (Longan Arillus) – Longan Fruit
  • Suan Zao Ren (Zizyphi Spinosae Semen) – Sour Jujube Seed
  • Fu Ling (Poria) – Hoelen
  • Yuan Zhi (Polygalae Radix) – Polygala Root
  • Mu Xiang (Aucklandiae Radix) – Costus Root
  • Sheng Jiang (Zingiberis Rhizoma Recens) – Fresh Ginger Root
  • Da Zao (Jujubae Fructus) – Chinese Date
As in the previous formula, Gui Pi Tang contains a few digestives in it such as Sheng Jiang , Zhi Gan Cao, and Mu Xiang. We see Fu Ling again in this formula as it both helps digestion and nourishes the spleen and the heart. Other active ingredients in this formula that specifically calm the mind are Long Yan Rou, Suan Zao Ren, and Yuan Zhi. Blood nourishers in the formula include Long Yan Rou fruit and Suan Zao Ren—the seed of the Chinese red date. These ingredients have been widely used in Chinese herbal formulas to:
  • reduce time necessary to fall asleep,
  • help stay asleep and
  • improve sleep quality.
Finally, Yuan Zhi is classically used to dispel brain fog and rumination and help the mind settle into sleep. Research on the active constituents of Yuan Zhi has found that it is nature’s helping hand for the stressed among us. A triterpenoid saponin from the roots, named Yuanzhi-1, shows potent antidepressant effects. Another Yuan Zhi constituent, 3,6′-disinapoyl, has been shown to:
  • block stress-induced elevations of plasma cortisol,
  • improved hippocampal-dependent learning and memory,
  • rescue stress-induced deficits in hippocampal neuronal plasticity and neurogenesis.

Insomnia due to Yin Deficiency

Insomnia due to yin deficiency is the classic case of burnout. The yin is the body’s cooling system. The yin, or yin fluids, refer to the protective lining of all body tissues and nerves—it is a measure of the proper hydration of your body tissues. If yin “runs out,” the body overheats, leading to symptoms like afternoon fever, night sweats, and insomnia.

The kidneys are the body’s natural reserves of cooling fluids and are depleted after long hours of work and standing for long periods. If those fluids run low, the heat can go unchecked and rise, agitating the heart and the mind. This is a recipe for bad sleep, manifesting primarily as difficulty staying asleep and night sweats. The traditional remedy for yin deficiency-type insomnia is the formula Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan.

The Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan formula:

  • Sheng Di Huang (Rhemanniae Radix) – Rhemannia Root
  • Ren Shen (Panax Ginseng) – Chinese Ginseng Root
  • Tian Men Dong (Asparagi Radix) – Asparagus Tuber
  • Mai Men Dong (Ophiopogonis Radix) – Ophiopogon Tuber
  • Dan Shen (Salviae miltiorrhizae Radix) – Salvia Root
  • Fu Ling (Poria) – Hoelen
  • Dang Gui (Angelicae Sinensis Radix) – Chinese Angelica Root
  • Xuan Shen (Scrophulariae Radix)  – Scrophularia
  • Yuan Zhi (Polygalae Radix) – Polygala Root
  • Wu Wei Zi (Schisandrae Fructus) – Schisandra Fruit
  • Bai Zi Ren (Platycladi Semen) – Biota Seed
  • Suan Zao Ren (Zizyphi Spinosae Semen) – Sour Jujube Seed
  • Jie Geng (Platycodi Radix) – Balloon Flower Root
This formula contains many herbs called yin tonics, such as Sheng Di Huang, Mai Men Dong and Tian Men Dong. These herbs replenish the body’s cooling system and fluids. We also find Xuan Shen, clears what we call ‘deficiency heat.’ In other words, it helps quell the internal fire that happens as a result of the cooling system being out of order.
We see some herbs from the previous formula such as Suan Zao Ren, which nourishes the blood as well as helps astringe fluids to keep the body hydrated, and Yuan Zhi which works on brain fog, calms the mind and has antidepressant properties.
Finally, Wu Wei Zi offers a host of benefits, as it:
  • is both sweet and nourishing for the blood, and sour to astringe fluids,
  • helps strengthen the kidneys and calm the mind.
  • is a dual direction herb, meaning that it can be used both to stimulate or sedate the central nervous system (CNS).
As a nervous system stimulant, it increases reflex responses and improves mental alertness. In this formula, Chinese herbalists harness its inhibitory effects on the CNS. Based on evaluations, this CNS inhibition mechanism may be related to an effect on dopaminergic receptors.

Insomnia due to Liver Stagnation and Heat

The final pattern of insomnia that we will explore is insomnia due to too much stress. In this situation, there will be a constant exposure to stress, which will then cause agitation in the nervous system, leading to heat in both the liver and the heart. Patients exhibit irritability, anxiety and have difficulty falling asleep.
The way that the body adapts and responds to stress is closely related to the way that qi moves through the body, so high stress would be diagnosed as qi stagnation.
In Chinese medicine, the Liver is the primary organ that works on the smooth flow of qi throughout the body, so this type of insomnia is identified as a type of liver qi stagnation. Additionally, irritability is often a sign of heat in the liver, or an agitated nervous system. Finally, anxiety is often attributed to heat in the heart and in this case there is excess heat both in the liver and the heart. The classic remedy for this situation is the formula known as Suan Zao Ren Tang.

The Suan Zao Ren Tang formula:

  • Suan Zao Ren (Zizyphi Spinosae Semen) – Sour Jujube Seed
  • Fu Ling (Poria) – Hoelen
  • Chuan Xiong (Chuanxiong Rhizoma) – Szechuan Lovage Root
  • Zhi Mu (Anemarrhenae Rhizoma) – Anemarrhena Root
  • Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) – Licorice Root
In this formula, Suan Zao Ren is the key ingredient to nourish the Heart and the Liver and give the nervous system more resources to deal with stress and relax into sleep.
Chuan Xiong is traditionally used to invigorate the blood but here plays a key role in pacifying the liver and enhancing cerebral circulation. Zhi Mu is a great herb to clear the heat associated with anxiety and irritability. Fu Ling and Gan Cao are tonic herbs for the Heart.
Chuan Xiong is widely used to regulate blood flow in the body and has an active constituent called Ligustrazine which can:
  • dilate cerebral blood vessels,
  • reduce vascular resistance,
  • significantly increase blood flow to the brain and body, and
  • improve microcirculation
Chuan Xiong and other herbs that invigorate circulation are particularly helpful for patients who have trouble falling asleep because of headaches, muscle tension or jaw tension.
This simple Suan Zao Ren Tang formula also combines well with other relaxation and stress relief herbs, both Eastern and Western.

Want better sleep?

If you’re:
  • having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep,
  • not feeling fully rested upon waking,
  • interested in alternatives to pharmaceutical sleep aids, then
… consider Chinese herbal medicine. Our clinic includes a full Chinese herbal pharmacy and our licensed herbalist prepare custom herbal formulations for your particular combination of symptoms and conditions.

Or Call Oriental Acupuncture Clinic today at 416-800-3978

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