Styles and Systems practiced
by Dr. Mateo Bernal:
by Dr. Mateo Bernal:
One of Mateo’s first loves in acupuncture, the abdominal acupuncture system is gentle, powerful, and comfortable. It involves careful palpation of the abdomen at various levels to determine both root and branch of disease. Treatment involves selecting few points on the abdomen, very superficially, with little to no sensation felt by the patient. Can be used to treat many conditions, most commonly for pain, anxiety, and depression.
As taught by Miki Shima and David Walker. A wonderful and subtle technique using a moxa or incense stick to evaluate the subjective sensation of warmth at the jing points (furthest tips of fingers and toes) in order to arrive at the most significant energetic imbalance in the body. Treatments usually consist of one to two acupuncture points. Effects can be quite profound.
A true scholar, Wang Ju-Yi developed this system of palpating the channels in order to arrive at diagnosis rather than the more common radial pulse method. This involves careful palpation of the extremities distal to the knees and elbows, and treatment is very gentle usually involving just a few acupuncture points.
A complete system of treatment in its own right, Dr. Huang pioneered using the ear microsystem as a treatment site. Usually several points are evaluated using a point finder or visually, and treatment is often followed-up by leaving one or more acupressure pellets in the ear.
Another favorite of Mateo’s, utilizes the imagery of the Ba Gua applied to the abdomen or pulses.
A profound and simple breathing exercise that has changed the lives of thousands of asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, and fatigued patients. Can be demonstrated easily and quickly, but needs to be practiced daily by the patient. A gem.
Based on the idea that timing is everything, and that everything is intertwined. Chronopuncture assumes that often we are “out of synch” with nature and aims to calculate the precise moments that our bodies’ acupuncture points are open and harmonizing with the environment. Simply getting in synch with a few points can be immensely helpful in regulating many rhythms, including sleep, menstrual cycle, mood, and the immune system.
Mateo’s acupuncture style is very influenced by Kiiko, and he has been inspired by her work involving careful palpation of the abdomen and channels for years. He is guided by her example in the clinic and as a scholar of Chinese medicine.
Mateo apprenticed and co-authored the textbook with Dr. Nakano. These treatments are extremely gently and utilize very few needles. Results are often immediate and lasting.
NADA treatments have been used since the 80s as a foundation in the detox world for treatment of addictions ranging from heroine to meth to alcohol to food addictions. Mateo was trained in the Bronx in 2009.
Mateo was part of the first graduating class of the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute and the only certified practitioner in the area. He finds this work incredibly effective in treating even complex neurological conditions as well as pain.
Mateo had the chance to do courses with world-renowned Dr. Keown two years ago, and is an ardent advocate of his work, which has broken open the gates between Chinese medicine and conventional physiology and anatomy. He considers Dr. Keown one of the truly brilliant minds alive today, and a person that is changing the face of the medicine that Mateo practices.
This involves testing known allergens and giving a treatment that last three weeks. The results of this technique have been nothing less than incredible, with thousands of cases of cures or improvements in numerous allergy conditions. The potential here is astonishing.
This is the foundation of all practicing acupuncturists in the US. It is a concise methodology to systematically understand both Chinese medical physiology, pathology, and treatment. It is the underpinning of all other techniques that Mateo practices.
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