2 Acupuncture Points for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a kind of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and are at the upper end of the spectrum. Leg veins have one job to do – carry oxygen-depleted blood from the feet back up to the heart to get more oxygen. To keep blood going up, healthy veins have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing back down. In people with CVI, those valves fail to work well, and blood pools in the ankles and feet.
Most of the millions of people with varicose veins don't consider them a medical issue. But for some, the condition develops into something more serious.The below chart shows the different stages of Varicose Veins.  
The colour of the varicose veins is usually blue to dark purple and this colour is very significant according to traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Purple and bluish veins indicate that the body system is being affected by a traditional diagnostic concept known as “Blood Stasis”.
There is saying in Chinese medical texts dating back hundreds of years that says Blood stasis is the cause of all problems and blood stasis complicates all conditions”. 
The term blood stasis includes symptoms like varicose veins, spider veins and thick dry skin such as on the heel as well as fixed stabbing pains that could be anywhere in the body. Ancient Chinese physicians understood the concept of blood flow and the relationship of blood vessels to the heart hundreds of years before the US medical physician William Harvey wrote about blood circulation.
Many people believe that acupuncture is limited to treat nerve and pain syndromes. It then comes as a surprise to people to learn that acupuncture can help with blood circulation problems such as chest pain from heart disease, varicose veins, Raynaud’s disease and diabetes related peripheral neuropathy.
Ancient Chinese physicians even understood the connection between the lungs and heart and their relationship with oxygen exchange. A special acupuncture point on the wrist, known as tai yuan, Lung 9, was allocated the special role of being the meeting acupuncture point of all blood vessels. It can be used to treat all problems with blood vessels including varicose veins and heart pain.

Other acupuncture points on the leg such as the one called “sea of blood”, Spleen 10, is used to increase circulation of blood when it is suspected of being “stuck” as in blood stasis.
More and more people are seeking alternatives like acupuncture to treat varicose veins instead of surgery. This is because too many operations have been unsuccessful and left people dissatisfied and the word gets aroundGetting surgery on veins is like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted
Foot bath with Chinese herbs that will help legs blood circulation
Dangui(当归)、Honghua(红花)、Niuqi(牛膝)、 Cuanqiong(川芎) Ginger(姜)
Have a warm foot bath (water temperature around 40 cels degrees) every night 
Relieve the tiredness of your legs and prevent Varicose veins


Leg cramps are common, many people expereince it occasionally, ederly people and pregnant women have higher risk to develop this issue.

When leg cramps happen, it is not so fun,expecially at night time, it could be so annoying to wake you up at midnight and it is also so painful, sometimes it goes away quick but sometimes it could last for a while. 

Here is the simple home remedy that Traditional Chiese Medicine Practitioners or TCM Doctors will recommend: Drink a cup of cane suger water. It will soothe the cramps pain right away. For night leg cramps, you can drink it before bedtime, and it will prevent the night leg cramps.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), leg cramps are muscle and tendon problems which have both external and internal origins. Since liver stores blood and rules tendons, spleen dominates limbs and rules muscles, and kidney rules bones. When these organs are weakened, that fail to nourish the muscles and tendons, there will be abnormal movements in the limbs. Meanwhile, when external pathogens like coldness and dampness or sports injuries further disturb the blood and qi (vital energy) activities in the legs, muscle cramps will be induced. Furthermore, the body's blood tend to flow back to the liver for storage at night, less blood flows to the muscles and tendons, and so leg cramps are more readily to occur during sleep.

Acupressure Massage for Leg Cramps

Acupressure or massage involves applying various manipulations to stimulate the soft tissues, stretch the muscles and mobilize the joints, which can promote blood circulation and remove stagnations, restore impaired soft tissues and correct bone and joint deformities. Massage can relax muscles and tendons, reduce pain and soreness, speed up the recovery process and help feel better. Acupressure Massage is an effective home remedy for relieving and preventing leg cramps.

3 Acupressure Points for Leg Cramps

1. Hold in fist, rub on the center of the soles to warm it up;
2. Press and knead on the 3 acupressure points: Weizhong (Bl 40),  Chengshan (Bl 57), Kunlun (Bl 60). Use the thumb to knead forcefully on each point for 30 seconds;
3. Pad the calf muscle: put all the fingers together and slightly flex the palm, then pat on the calf muscles gently for 1 minute;
4. Squeeze and roll the calf muscles with both hands, begin at the ankle and move 

In most cases, leg cramps are occasional and harmless. However, when your leg cramps keep coming back, interfering with your daily life or sleep, you should consult your doctor or healthcare provider to rule out any potential health problem. 

3 Acupuncture points for leg cramps

Acupuncture can effectively suppress hyperactive muscles, and are usually used for treating muscle cramps. In TCM, leg cramps is mainly due to coldness stimulation as well as improper blood and qi activities of the legs, acupuncture can play a role to promote circulation, loosen the tendons, alleviate cramps and ease pain.

3 most common Acupuncture points for leg cramps: Houxi (SI 3),Yanglingquan (GB 34) and Zusanli (ST 36).
TCM acupuncture cupping massage or hebal medicine treatment for leg cramps aims to reinforce internal organs, free the activities of blood and qi, nourish and loosen muscles and tendons of the legs. The remedies are chosen according to individual conditions, our TCM acupuncturists or TCM pratitioners will identify the symptoms and body signs of each patient to diagnose the body imbalances and give each individual a custom tailored treatment solutions. Looking for licensed and experienced TCM acupuncturists or TCM herbalist feel free to call Oriental Ensure Acupuncture Clinic at 416-800-3978 or book an appointment online.

Reasons to Consider Acupuncture for Anxiety or Depression

Every year, new studies show that anxiety among otherwise healthy men and women is on the rise. While a small amount of anxiety every once in a while is normal, persistent anxiety is a serious problem – it affects behaviors, it creates stress, and it hurts your overall quality of life.

Some of the solutions to anxiety are simple. Exercise, for example, is an important first step. More and more people are working in careers that involve little physical activity, and that inactivity creates misplaced energy that can turn into stress and anxiety.
But if basic lifestyle changes don’t work, and you find that your anxiety continues to impact your life, the solutions become more complicated. Pharmaceutical medications should generally be avoided, because in addition to their addictive properties and dangerous side effects, they also only numb the issue temporarily. Once you stop taking the medications the anxiety comes back; potentially stronger than ever. In addition, while several therapies exist, these solutions are generally prohibitively expensive for the modern family. It’s for these reasons that acupuncture is such a good option as an anxiety treatment.

Reasons to Consider Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an affordable, safe, non-addictive and effective way to treat anxiety. It has none of the side effects of modern medications, and has been used for centuries as a way of curing mental health issues and other health symptoms.

What makes acupuncture so effective, however, is the following:

Anxiety Points

First and foremost, there are several points that an acupuncturist can target that are designed to counter your anxiety. Acupuncturists place needles in the GV20 and other points in order to balance your chi and help your body cope with anxiety. Each of these points has been tested by generations of practitioners for the past thousands of years, and is known to have a profound effect on the way you experience anxiety. 

Tangential Points

Anxiety is not usually caused by any one issue, which is why when you really want to reduce anxiety you need to do more than simply place needles at anxiety reduction points. You also need to place needles in areas that may relate to stress, health, and other issues that could, in theory, contribute to further anxiety in the future.

Accompanying Lifestyle Changes

Acupuncture is also not considered a standalone treatment. Those that use it combine the effective techniques with exercises, anxiety reduction herbs, a healthier diet and lifestyle, and more. Because anxiety can be caused by so many different aspects of a person’s life, and because it’s so important to approach anxiety reduction from a more holistic manner, this type of treatment is underrated as a potential option for anxiety sufferers.

Choosing Acupuncture as an Anxiety Option

Those that suffer from anxiety need to depend on natural treatments if possible, because modern medicine is simply too addictive with too many side effects to make it worthwhile. Since anxiety represents such an important factor in a person’s short and long term happiness, it’s also important that you select an option that is effective right away, and lasts long enough to help create real changes in your quality of life. Acupuncture from a reputable acupuncturist has the potential to do just that, and should be considered by those looking for natural treatment options.
Oriental Acupuncture Clinic Jarry(Chinese acupuncturist since 1989) has plenty of clinical experience in treating depression, insomnia, anxiety...here's one of his successful cases.

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Why Acupuncture can treat different kinds of Headaches Migraine from the root

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.  

【Case Report】25 years Tough Headache Migraine cured by 15 sessions acupuncture treatment

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Acupuncture Point for Morning Sickness Motion Sickness Vomitting Nausea


Doing acupressure on PC6 - Nei Guan can help with nausea and prevent vomiting.

This acupuncture point is very popular for the relief of motion sickness vomiting, pregnant women’s morning sickness symptoms, and post-operative nausea side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

It is found on your inner arm 3 fingers up from your wrist line. 

Do not do acupressure on this point if:

  • The skin at or near the point is peeling or blistering.
  • There is an open wound at or near the point.
  • There is a rash at or near the point.
  • There is redness, swelling, warmth, or pus at or near the point.

How to do Acupressure on Point P-6 (NeiGuan)

  1. Position your hand so that your fingers are pointing up and your palm is facing you.
  2. Place the first 3 fingers of your other hand across your wrist (see above Figure). Your fingers should be placed just below your wrist crease (where your wrist bends).
  3. Place your thumb just below your index (pointer) finger. Remove the 3 fingers from your wrist but keep your thumb on that spot (see above Figure). Use your thumb to press down on the spot. You should be able to feel 2 large tendons (tissue that connects muscles to bones) in between your thumb. This spot in between the 2 tendons is pressure point P-6.
    • Once you have found the pressure point, you can relax your hand and keep it in a comfortable position.
  4. Press down on this point with your thumb. Move your thumb in a circle while applying pressure. You can move it in clockwise (to the right) or counterclockwise (to the left) circles. Do this for 2 to 3 minutes.
    • Some people may find it hard to use their thumb. You can use your index finger instead.
    • Be firm when applying pressure, but do not press so hard that it hurts. You may feel some aching or tenderness, but it should not be painful. If you feel any pain, you’re pressing down too hard.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 on your other wrist.
  6. You can do acupressure on this point a few times a day until your symptoms improve.

    Acupressure is a complementary therapy. Complementary therapies are treatments you can use along with your cancer treatments. They can help ease your symptoms.

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Acupuncture for Meniere Dizziness Vertigo

Meniere's disease is a very disturbing illness, presenting patients with hearing loss, pressure in the ear, tinnitus, severe imbalance and vertigo.

Vertigo is the most dramatic and distressing symptom of Meniere's; it is described as a sudden loss of normal balance or equilibrium. The room may suddenly begin to spin and rotate at high speed. Focusing is difficult, and if vertigo continues, nausea and vomiting may occur. Vertigo is commonly caused by acute labyrinthitis (a viral inflammation of the inner ear), benign positional vertigo (a condition due to abnormally floating crystals in the inner ear that stimulate the nerve endings of the inner ear), delayed symptom of head injury, or result of cervical spine problems.

Hearing loss typically fluctuates with hearing being worse some days than others. The hearing loss in Meniere's may lead to severe permanent hearing loss and deafness in the affected ear.

People with Meniere's disease report that tinnitus may be variable and often worsen before an attack of vertigo. Tinnitus is often described as a motor-like whirring noise present only in the ear with hearing loss.

Pressure or senses of fullness in the affected ear are also common.

In Oriental Ensure Acupuncture clinic, we have a number of patients who were convinced that they had run out of options after finding medications and/or surgery to be ineffective for their needs.  Many of these people try acupuncture as a last resort.  Acupuncture offers effective treatment for Meniere's disease. Not only does acupuncture treat symptoms but also treats the root causes of this illness.

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, Meniere's disease falls under the traditional Chinese medical disease category of Xuan Yun or vertigo and dizziness. It is mostly due to either liver-kidney yin vacuity with ascendant liver yang hyperactivity or spleen-stomach loss of fortification with phlegm turbidity obstructing the center and confounding and misting the clear yang. 

Acupuncture /Acupressure Points for Dizziness / Vertigo

  • Bai Hui (GV 20) is located on the midline at the vertex of the head. It is one of the five meetings of the three yang channels of the hands and feet. It is located on the governing vessel, and the governing vessel flows freely or connects with the sea of marrow, i.e., the brain. This point also connects with a network vessel of the liver channel. Therefore, needling it is able to subdue and settle floating yang as well as revitalize the clear yang. Hence it is an effective point for the treatment of vertigo and dizziness. 
  • Hou Ding (GV 19) is also a point located on the governing vessel which treats vertigo and dizziness. The technique of joining these two points with a single needle frees the flow and abducts the governing vessel qi and blood. It also quiets the spirit and stabilizes the mind. From a Western medical point of view, it promotes the circulation of blood in the region of the brain and regulates the vegetative nervous system. 
  • Ting Gong (SI 19) frees the flow of the orifices and improves the hearing of the ears. 
  • Tai Chong (Liv 3) is the source point of the liver, while Xia Xi is the construction point of the gallbladder. Needling these two points can, therefore, level the liver and subdue yang. 
  • Nei Guan (Per 6) and Feng Long (St 40) are the network points respectively of the pericardium and stomach. Needling them is able to transform phlegm, harmonize the stomach, and stop vomiting. 

Tai Xi(KI 3) is the source point of the kidney which enriches water so that it may moisten or sprinkle wood. This point also fosters or helps fill yin essence. Thus this protocol uses a combination of local points with chosen points on the body based on the patient's pattern discrimination. Such a combination treats both the root and tip or branches of Meniere's disease and so it gets quite good therapeutic effects.

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Jarry Liu: Chinese Acupuncturist since 1989, 
Registered Acupuncturist and Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario