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Donald Matesz MSOM, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Nutritionist

We provide high quality affordable natural health care and the best acupuncture naps in town.

Scottsdale, AZ
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Recent Reviews
5.0 of 5 (2)
"Don Matesz at Barefoot Acupuncture has been an amazing blessing to my health. Over the course of a 12 month span I progressively started getting increased pain in my knees. "It became so painful that I no longer could practice yoga regularly, or even modify my practice to suit my knee pain. Even yoga postures that were meant to soothe the knees hurt like no other. My knee caps were inflamed to the point that just walking hurt. "Don worked with me over the course of a few months, every week, with acupuncture and Chinese topical ointments. His clinic works on a sliding-scale with no proof of income required so patients can receive multiple treatments without breaking the bank. "After a few months, the pain in my knees completely subsided. It was such a blessing. His caring and compassionate ways are truly astounding!"
"I got acupuncture from Don from October through February or so because I wanted to get pregnant. I got pregnant almost immediately but had a turbulent first trimester. Both of you were so kind, knowledgeable, and supportive throughout this time, which really helped keep me sane. I absolutely looked forward to my appointment each week. Thank you for all of your advice and expertise."

License, Credentials & Experience

Don has been helping people for 14 years
Licensed Acupuncturist
Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ASAOM) , #LAC-000562

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Functional Nutrition
Acupuncture
Functional Medicine

Practice Locations & Hours

Scottsdale
6722 E Avalon Dr, 1, Scottsdale AZ 85251, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tue: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thu: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Learn More About Donald Matesz MSOM, L.Ac.

About me

I've been involved in natural health care and fitness for more than 40 years. I have written several books on nutrition and also practice functional nutritional medicine. I am also a certified fitness clinician and meditation instructor.

My Philosophy of Care

I chose to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine after I obtained relief from chronic skin and injury-related musculoskeletal conditions under the care of a Chinese medicine provider.

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

Relaxing and inspiring hope.

My Inspiration

Acupuncture is a safe and helpful therapy for hundreds of conditions, and excellent for ongoing stress management and disease prevention.


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Donald Matesz MSOM, L.Ac. Answers
There are three possible levels of treatment: symptomatic, corrective and preventive. Symptomatic treatment only relieves the symptom (in this case, anxiety) temporarily. We do have points which can relieve anxiety temporarily; they are on the forehead, neck, ear and wrist. However acupuncturists prefer to go beyond symptomatic treatment to corrective and preventive treatment. Corrective treatment aims at restoring strength and peace of body and mind so that the person is less susceptible to the symptom. An acupuncturist will evaluate each individual to determine the underlying cause of the anxiety, which may differ from person to person. Once a diagnosis is made, the appropriate points are selected to achieve mental and physical balance to not only relieve the anxiety symptom, but to strengthen and calm body and mind so that anxiety is less and less likely to occur over time. This will require a series of treatments in most cases. This type of treatment will utilize the points mentioned above, but also include points indicated to bring the patient into a condition of greater wellbeing. Typically these additional points will in my practice be around the wrists, knees, legs and feet. Preventive treatment is engaged after the corrective phase. The purpose of preventive treatment is to keep the body and mind in balance so that it does not revert to the condition that made anxiety arise as an ongoing issue. This will involve regular wellness treatments (1-2 x monthly) including points utilized for symptomatic and corrective purposes.
Donald Matesz MSOM, L.Ac. Answers
Trials have shown that ashwagandha: Improves physical performance, reduces cortisol response to physical stress, prevents stress-induced ulcers, prevents leucocytosis, and has anabolic properties to increase healthy body mass. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/ Improves results from resistance training and raises testosterone in males doing resistance training. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6266766/?log$=activity https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4658772/ Improves cardiorespiratory endurance in healthy athletic adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4687242/?log$=activity Improves thyroid function in subclinical hypothyroid patients: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28829155?log$=activity Improves memory and cognitive function in patients with mild cognitive impairment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28471731?log$=activity Improves testosterone levels in aging, overweight males: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6438434/ Just to scratch the surface and name a few of ashwagandha's actions.
Donald Matesz MSOM, L.Ac. Answers
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex condition. I have found that acupuncture treatment can improve energy levels in chronic fatigue patients. Acupuncture induces a parasympathetic nervous system response that improves digestion, relaxation and sleep quality. Improved nutrient assimilation and sleep quality results in improved energy. A randomized controlled multi-center trial published in 2015 in the journal BMC Trials concluded that "Body acupuncture for 4 weeks in addition to usual care may help improve fatigue in CFS and ICF patients." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4515016/

Donald Matesz Reviews
5.0 of 5 (2)
"Don Matesz at Barefoot Acupuncture has been an amazing blessing to my health. Over the course of a 12 month span I progressively started getting increased pain in my knees. "It became so painful that I no longer could practice yoga regularly, or even modify my practice to suit my knee pain. Even yoga postures that were meant to soothe the knees hurt like no other. My knee caps were inflamed to the point that just walking hurt. "Don worked with me over the course of a few months, every week, with acupuncture and Chinese topical ointments. His clinic works on a sliding-scale with no proof of income required so patients can receive multiple treatments without breaking the bank. "After a few months, the pain in my knees completely subsided. It was such a blessing. His caring and compassionate ways are truly astounding!"
"I got acupuncture from Don from October through February or so because I wanted to get pregnant. I got pregnant almost immediately but had a turbulent first trimester. Both of you were so kind, knowledgeable, and supportive throughout this time, which really helped keep me sane. I absolutely looked forward to my appointment each week. Thank you for all of your advice and expertise."





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