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About Matano clinic for Acupuncture and Holistic Health

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Matano Clinic for Acupuncture and Holistic Health is a full service Eastern Healing Arts clinic which specializes in the overall wellness and health of our patients.

Our approach is fairly unique in the industry – we have three practitioners who perform our services, yet we each specialize in a different area of health. In addition, we don’t utilize a one-size-fits-all approach. In other words, there is no assumption you are coming in for, say, acupuncture. Instead, we start at your condition or results wanted (“I’m in pain”, “I can’t sleep”, “I want to lose weight”, etc.)

After a comprehensive diagnosis, we recommend a course of action and treatment schedule based on YOUR needs and YOUR Body. Sometimes, acupuncture is indeed the path to take. Other times (and for other people) it may mean Herbal Medicine and an occasional Tuina Massage. And still for others, acupuncture combined with better nutrition.

In the end, the time-tested tools at our disposal are not individual commodities to be sold via a menu, but essential components to your health and overall wellness. We respect the arts, and we respect you. And together, healing happens. Sometimes very quickly, and sometimes over time (it depends on the affliction.)

We’re located at the intersection of Bloor/Bathurst in Toronto, and serve the entire Toronto and surrounding area. To book an appointment, call us at 647.872.6748, or simply click here.

About Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

We put this small section here in case some of our visitors are completely unfamiliar with Traditional Chinese Medicine and/or Acupuncture. It is by no means a comprehensive explanation, but it should give you a good overview. At the end, we have a few links you may wish to peruse later.

Traditional Chinese Medicine goes back more than 3,000 years, and is still widely practiced today, encompassing more than 40% of all healthcare services in China.

Many people have a view of Traditional Chinese Medicine which borders on the “mystical” or “alternative medicine”.  While it’s easy to see why this is, the actual truth is Chinese Medicine is more about many centuries of knowledge regarding how the body works than anything else.Throughout most of recorded history, China has been both quite advanced, and also “separate” from the rest of the world, and as a result, they developed (and perfected) effective medical techniquesthey largely kept to themselves.

Chinese Medicine consists of components and techniques that have been around for thousands of years:  Herbs, massage, nutrition, understanding the body’s natural healing prowess, pressure, acupuncture, etc. The key is balance – Traditional Chinese Medicine operates under the Daoist belief that everything is interconnected within our universe and our bodies: e.g.: if something happens to one part of the body, the other parts are affected. Everything is part of the system (mind, body, organs, etc.), and all work together to achieve optimal health. When parts of the whole are not what they should be, other areas can suffer. Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to identify problem areas and address them. This is why acupuncture at one area of the body may heal another, and so on.

We mention Acupuncture, and it’s worth noting, as that’s the one treatment which seems to stand out (although Acupuncture is just one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine.) Acupuncture is the art of manipulating the flow of Qi (pronounced “Chi”) through the body. There are 20 pathways this energy can flow (12 main, 8 secondary), connected by roughly 2,000 acupuncture points (think of a roadmap.) By altering the flow of energyvia inserting (painless) needles into certain acupuncture points, we achieve better balance and healing.

Modern medicine has tried to explain acupuncture as blocking nerve impulses, or that stimulating these points produces endorphinsto reduce pain. These may have some merit, although we focus on the results (which are not in dispute) instead of looking to prove an indisputable “why”.

If you’d like to learn more, here are the Wikipedia pages on Chinese medicine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Chinese_medicine) and Acupuncture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupuncture)