Carol Xu - Doctor of TCM

After years of searching her life purpose, Carol finally found her life’s calling to study acupuncture and TCM to help others to lessen the suffering from diseases and injuries. She graduated from Calgary College of TCM and Acupuncture. Her choice not only helps others, but also reconnects her with her Chinese heritage.

On Carol’s way of searching for a more efficient, painless needling technique, she went down to the U.S. to study from a very famous Chinese Scalp Acupuncture master, Dr. Mingqing Zhu. Dr. Zhu is the founder of Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture (ZSA),. With his guidance, she was able to master Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture technique, and also receive a deeper understanding of acupuncture as a general.

Patients are never left alone during their treatments.

Carol is a unique Doctor of Acupuncture.  She spends the entire appointment in the room with her patient, never leaving the patient unattended.  She is in continual connection with her patient, always maintaining either non-verbal or verbal communication with them.

What are Carol’s Specialties?

Carol specialized in treating neurological symptoms with Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture. She has helped people with stroke recovery, paralysis, Bell’s palsy, brain concussion, seizures, spinal cord injury, pain management, depression and other conditions. With Daoyin (guided body movements and guided meditation), the acupuncture treatment itself can be fun and relaxing.
She is trained to treat a patient’s emotions first. To provide patients with safe, comfortable, reliable treatments is always her goal. When she integrate her heart, mind and Qi with acupuncture needles, these needles become part of her.  She has a very high standard for her needling technique.  She makes sure each needle she puts in carries it’s own purpose. No one needle should be put in for no reason. Less needles are better. Her needling technique is very gentle. She feels that there is need for patients to feel strong sensation or pain to get good results. She also likes to communicate with her patients to let them understand what she does and why she performs treatment in a certain way.


As an acupuncturist, it’s important to be able to feel Qi, to use Qi for treatment, and to be able to help patients to raise their Qi. Energy healing is essential in she acupuncture practice. She often practice Sun’s Xingyi Quan (a form of Chinese internal martial art) to strengthen her Qi.


Carol also customizes TCM herbal formulas to enhance her patient’s acupuncture treatment results. She only use reliable suppliers and herbal granules. It’s convenient and easy to use. It also has an acceptable taste.


She provides:

  • Fast pain relief for migraines, headaches, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, sports injuries, and other pain.
  • Treats severe neurological conditions such as numbness and tingling, sensations in the body, stroke recovery, muscle spasms and facial paralysis
  • Quantum energy massage, combining Quantum energy healing and massage to reduce muscle tension and stress, energizing and balancing the entire body
  • Digestive and hormonal system fine-tuning to assist in the anti-aging process
  • Cosmetic acupuncture for facial rejuvenation to improve skin health and smoothing neck and facial wrinkles

What is traditional Chinese medicine?*

Traditional Chinese medicine is a system of medicine partly based on the idea that an energy, called qi (say “chee”), flows along pathways in the body called meridians. In this belief, if the flow of qi along these meridians is blocked or unbalanced, illness can occur. In China, doctors have practiced traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and it is gaining in popularity in many Western countries.

Causes of qi imbalance are thought to involve:

  • External forces, such as wind, cold, or heat.
  • Internal forces, such as emotions of joy, anger, or fear.
  • Lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, too little sleep, or too much alcohol.

Another important concept in traditional Chinese medicine is the concept of yin and yang. In this approach, all things, including the body, are composed of opposing forces called yin and yang. Health is said to depend on the balance of these forces. Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on maintaining the yin-yang balance to maintain health and prevent illness.

Traditional Chinese medicine doctors look at the balance of body, mind, and spirit to determine how to restore qi, the yin-yang balance, and good health.

What is traditional Chinese medicine used for?

Some people use traditional Chinese medicine to treat problems such as asthma, allergies, and infertility. Traditional Chinese medicine doctors may use several types of treatment to restore qi balance.

Traditional Chinese medicine therapies include:

  • Acupuncture, which uses thin metal needles placed along the body’s meridians.
  • Acupressure, which uses the hands or fingers to apply direct pressure to points along the body’s meridians.
  • Chinese herbs, combinations of herbs, roots, powders, or animal substances to help restore balance in the body.
  • Cupping, which uses warm air in glass jars to create suction placed on areas of the body to help stimulate qi.
  • Diet. Yin and yang foods can help restore the yin-yang balance in the body.
  • Massage (tui na) on specific areas of the body or along the body’s meridians.
  • Moxibustion, which uses small amounts of heated plant fibre (moxa, or Chinese mugwort) on specific areas of the body.
  • Qi gong, which uses movement, breathing techniques, and meditation.

Is traditional Chinese medicine safe?

Research in China and worldwide has shown traditional Chinese medicine to be helpful for many types of illness. Because traditional Chinese medicine differs from Western medical practice in diagnosis and treatment methods, it is difficult to apply Western scientific standards to it.

For example, in Western medical practice, any two people with a similar infection (such as sinusitis) may be treated with a standard course of antibiotics. In traditional Chinese medicine, each person might receive a different treatment for the same illness depending on the person’s own qi and yin-yang balance.

In Canada, provincial governments accredit schools of traditional Chinese medicine, so choosing a practitioner certified by an accredited school ensures that he or she has had extensive training in traditional Chinese medicine.

Ongoing research of many complementary therapies is being done to determine their benefits and risks. In general, acupuncture is safe when done by a certified acupuncturist. The treatment can be expensive and time-consuming.

Like conventional medicines, traditional Chinese herbal medicines may also cause side effects, trigger allergic reactions, or interact with other prescription and non-prescription medicines or herbs. Before you use any traditional Chinese therapies, be sure to tell your medical doctor about any prescription, non-prescription, or other natural health products you are taking.

Talk with your doctor about any complementary health practice that you would like to try or are already using. Your doctor can help you manage your health better if he or she knows about all of your health practices.