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River Clinic Oriental Medicine

Markham Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine--River Clinic, Richmond Hill, Scarborough正體字 - Chinese Traditional简体字 - Chinese Simplified日本語 - Japanese
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Natural Dermatology

River Clinic treats skin disorders holistically and naturally, absolutely free of steroids and antibiotics. Herbs are completely natural, have few side-effects therefore is well suited for the long term management of chronic skin conditions where lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and stress are closely linked.

Classic Dermatology Classic Dermatology
Illustrations from the skin disease chapter of Golder Mirror of Medicine (published during the Qing Dynasty, 1742 AD)

Oriental medicine has a long history in treating skin disorders. Some interesting Chinese names for equivalent Western dermatology diagnosis that we treat are listed below.

  • Four Bend Wind (Atopic Eczema)
  • Powder Thorn (Acne)
  • Pine Bark Patch (Psoriasis)
  • Wind Concealing Rash (Hives/Urticaria 
  • Wine Dreg Nose (Rosacea)
  • Migrating Wind (Seborrhoeic Dermatitis)
  • Hot Sore (Cold Sores & Genital Herpes)
  • Golden Coin Patch (Fungal Infection)
  • Thousand Day Sore (Plantar Warts)
  • Sweat Patch (Pityriasis Versicolor)
  • White Patch Wind (Vitiligo)
  • Heaven Blister Sore(Pemphigus/Pemphagoid)


  • Snake Sore (Shingles)
  • Oil Wind (Alopecia)
  • Yellow Water Sore (Impetigo)
  • Grey Nail (Fungal Nail Infection)
  • Field Snail Blister (Pompholyx Eczema)
  • Cat’s Eye Sore (Erythema Multiforme)
  • Mother Child Patch (Pityriasis Rosea)
  • Purple Patch Wind (Lichen Planus)
  • Ox Hide Patch (Lichen Simplex)
  • Cinnabar Toxin (Erysipelas)
  • Sweat Rash (Miliaria)
  • Horse Scabies (Prurigo Nodularis)


River Clinic has considerable experience in combining oral and topical herbal medication to obtain the most effective results. We have also developed acupuncture techniques to relieve itching skin disorders. Acupuncture is very effective in reducing stress that is associated with skin flare-ups and helping to manage the psycho-social stigma associated with disfiguring skin conditions.


cupuncture Related Therapies


Moxibustion Therapy


The burning of dried mugwort herb (Artemisia vulgaris) to warm acupuncture points is called moxibustion. The heat generated from moxibustion improves the circulation of Qi-energy and blood to alleviate pain and to correct disorders caused by “cold pathogens”. A rolled up piece of mugwort can be attached to the handle shaft of an inserted acupuncture needle to combine acupuncture therapy with moxibustion therapy. This therapy is best suited for weaker patients and especially elderly patients that complain of cold body and joints.


Cupping Therapy


A flame is applied to the inside of small glass jars to create a vacuum inside the jar. These jars are applied over acupuncture points or on energetic meridian pathways. The vacuum lifts up the skin area inside the jar like a negative pressure massage. This soothing technique is often used after acupuncture to improve circulation and break up blockages that are the cause of pain and functional imbalances. It is also effect as a stand-alone therapy.


GuaSha Therapy


Gua means scrape, Sha means skin reaction. Therefore GuaSha is a therapy where the surface of the skin is scraped to cause a reaction of the skin. A lubricating cream is first applied over a selected area such as the upper back. A small flat tool is then used to scrape the surface of the skin. The scraping causes the skin to become intensely red, which serves to improve local circulation and release “heat pathogens” from the body. This therapy is especially effective in strengthening the immune system to fight the flu and its associated neck/shoulder pain.



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Filiform needles are not hollow like hypodermic needles used to draw blood and give injections. Acupuncture needles (~0.2 mm diameter) are on average only one quarter the thickness of the average hypodermic needle (0.82 mm diameter) used to draw blood for tests. Their design permits efficient sliding through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures like hypodermic needles which have a cutting edge designed to cut through tissue. Insertion of acupuncture needles feels like a mosquito bite, which is hardly perceptible. Any initial discomfort disappears after the needle has been inserted.


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Conditions that acupuncture can help


In 1996 the World Health Organization summarized a list of conditions that acupuncture can benefit. The National Institute of Health (NIH) released a similar list in 1997, shown as (NIH) below.





Dental pain (NIH), Temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction


Allergic rhinitis (incl. hay fever), Earache,
Epistaxis (nosebleed), Eye pain due to subconjunctival infection,
Meniere's disease,
Sjogren's syndrome,
Sore throat (incl. tonsillitis)

Infectious Diseases

Acute bacillary dysentery, Epidemic haemorrhagic fever,
Hepatitis B virus carrier status,
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpes virus 3),
Whooping cough (pertussis)


Rheumatoid arthritis

Internal Medicine

Biliary colic,
Abdominal pain (incl. peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, gastrospasm),
Hypertension, Essential
Hypotension, Nausea & vomiting, Leukopenia,
Renal colic, Bronchial asthma (NIH),
Cardiac neurosis,
Cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis,
Diabetes mellitus (non-insulin dependent),
Gastrokinetic disturbance,
Ulcerative colitis


Menstrual cramps (NIH only), Labor induction,
Malposition of fetus,
Morning sickness/pregnancy nausea (NIH), 
Female infertility,
Labour pain,
Lactation deficiency,
 Polycystic ovary syndrome,
Premenstrual syndrome


Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, incl. nausea & vomiting, Cancer pain

Neurology, Orthopedics & Physical Medicine

Facial pain and spasm,
Fascitis, Myofascial pain,
Fibromyalgia (NIH),
Headache (NIH)
Knee pain,
Low back pain (NIH),
Neck pain,
Periarthritis of Shoulder (Frozen Shoulder),
Post-operative pain,
Tennis elbow or epicondylitis (NIH), Bell's palsy,
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (NIH only),
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Osteo- and Gouty arthritis (NIH),
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain,
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy,
Spine pain, acute
Stiff neck,
Stroke rehabilitation (NIH only),
Tietze's syndrome,
Tourette's syndrome


Depression (incl. depressive neurosis, and post-stroke), Competition stress syndrome,


Addiction (NIH)

Alcohol dependence & detox,
Opium, cocaine, and heroin dependence,
Tobacco dependence


Acne vulgaris,
Neurodermatitis (Lichen simplex),
Pruritis (Skin itching)


Female urethral syndrome,
Male sexual dysfunction, Prostatitis, Recurrent lower urinary tract infection,
Retention of urine, Traumatic

Pediatrics Post-extubation in children

Vascular Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans,
Raynaud's syndrome, primary
Vascular dementia

Miscellaneous Obesity,Pain due to endoscopic examination,Post-operative convalescence,Sialism (drug-induced)


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Clinic Focus

General Medicine

Pain Relief

Natural Dermatology

Women’s Health

Natural Fertility

Stroke & Neurology

Cosmetic Wellness


Emiko Kanematsu, R.TCMP R.Ac.

Winnie Wong, RMT

Jeff Chung, R.Ac 

Poney Chiang, R.TCMP, R.Ac



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