Matthew Kent BA Hons. Dip.Ac. M.B.Ac.C

Matthew has a professional background in teaching, editing and journalism, and the martial arts and helped to edit the Mind and Body pages at Time Out magazine in London.

He has been a practicing acupuncturist since 1995 after studying Chinese acupuncture for 3 years and graduating with distinction. He joined Ely Complementary Health Centre in 1997 and in the early years at the clinic he developed his knowledge and use of Western medical styles of ‘trigger point’ acupuncture.

Since 2001 Matthew has embarked on extensive training across Europe and Japan in two styles of Japanese acupuncture, being taught there by some of the greatest masters. Japanese acupuncture is characterised by a more gentle and refined technique using much thinner needles and a greater variety of techniques than elsewhere, thus making it an overall less painful and extremely relaxing experience. This is because the leading figures in Japanese acupuncture over the last few hundred years have been blind. They found that they could achieve the best results using hair-like needles which are barely inserted, if at all and focus more on the precise, skilful needling techniques which they have developed.

Matthew is one of only thirty registered Toyohari practitioners in the U.K and as secretary to the Toyohari UK Association, is involved in the organisation and delivery of events for its members. In April 2014, he hosted and organised a workshop at his clinic in Norwich, attended by twenty practitioners and taught by Junko Ida from Japan.

He has also helped on the teaching programme in Amsterdam. In September he will be attending the European Toyohari Conference in Lisbon, where he will be instructed by some of Japan's leading acupuncturists.

He is also a trained expert in the Manaka style of Japanese acupuncture (Manaka was a surgeon in Japan who investigated and incorporated all styles of acupuncture from around the world), as well as Korean Hand Acupuncture (KHT). KHT is a relatively new microsystem and can be easily combined with standard body acupuncture. In KHT fine needles are inserted into key points on the hand, and/or gold and silver pellets are attached to the fingers, in order to rebalance the body.

Matthew has also recently trained in Battlefield Acupuncture, under Major John Howard, which is a remarkable new system of ear acupuncture developed by the U.S. military, originally for use in the field of battle instead of painkillers. Gold studs are placed in a series of specially devised locations in the ear, which can bring about an immediate relief from severe pain by stimulating the areas of the brain involved in the modulation of the pain response and the vagus nerve. This system (which the U.S. military has spent some six millions dollars on developing) has proved to be so effective that it is being taken up by NATO and increasingly used in clinical situations for the treatment of chronic pain such as neck and back problems, headaches, joint pain, etc. It has been found to be much more than just temporary pain relief, as it appears to help re-balance the body like normal acupuncture. Over several sessions, the effects become more permanent.

Matthew’s wide repertoire of skills and acupuncture techniques enables him to select an effective and varied treatment plan based on a patient’s condition and individual sensitivities.

Matthew is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the Toyohari Association.


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Ear Candles


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