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Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin needles at prescribed points in the body to affect the flow of Qi.  Depending on the treatment style, acupuncture can be nearly painless.  However, various sensations can be elicited to achieve therapeutic goals. Treatment leaves the patient feeling calm, relaxed, well-centered and energized. 

It is commonly known that most types of pain respond well to acupuncture.  Some examples are: joint pain, tooth pain, back pain, neck pain, headache, post-operative pain, stomach pain, and Ob/Gyn pain, among others. 

Many other ailments respond readily to acupuncture, such as: hormonal irregularities, poor digestion, constipation, fatigue, the common cold, influenza, sexual problems, problems due to lowered immunity, allergies, gynecological irregularities, asthma, repeated colds, migraines, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, hypertension, vertigo, visual problems, addiction withdrawal, insomnia, numbness or tingling sensations, morning sickness, and nausea.

By unblocking the Qi in a similar fashion as acupuncture, Asian bodywork increases the blood supply to the muscles, tendons and organs and leaves one deeply relaxed.  In many cases massage can be substituted for acupuncture, and work quite well.  Both Shiatsu (Japanese) and Tuina (Chinese) are used in this fashion. 

Many problems and injuries of the muscles and tendons require massage as well as acupuncture for effective treatment.  


Jeffrey S. Matrician, Lic. Ac., MAOM

22 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA  02472
telephone. 617-924-9990 space

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