ARLENE GILLO, L.Ac.

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  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine

  • Licensed acupuncturist 2000

  • Studied in Beijing, China

  • Interned at Chinese hospitals in department of gynecology/obstetrics and neurology

  • Trained massage therapist for treating sports injuries

  • Interned at Rose City Veterinary Hospital in animal acupuncture for cats & dogs

  • Certified in canine massage

  • NADA Certified

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

has been around for at least a few thousand years. So why is it still around today and continuing to garner attention? The answer is in the results. TCM examines the body as a  whole, and determines where there is an imbalance. When there is an imbalance in the body, it can lead to a condition or a form of "dis-ease" which often manifests as pain, weakness, and/ or discomfort. These conditions will usually affect the body on a physical, mental and even emotional level. So what is involved exactly? TCM encompasses the practice of acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping and moxibustion. Each of these modalities, especially in combination with one another, work to restore balance in the body.                                                                           

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is the use of sterile needles on acupuncture points to access and move "qi" or energy. Acupuncture points are located on meridians or channels in the body where the "qi" flows.  Acupuncture points are similar to a keyhole while an acupuncture needle is like a key; it unlocks and accesses the energy of the body to disburse or gather the energy to create balance. an acupuncture needle, once inserted, brings more circulation to that area,  Increasing blood flow, oxygen and nutrients, while simultaneously removing toxins. It also induces the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkiller, creating an overall sense of well-being.

CUPPING

CUPPING

Cupping is the use of glass jars to produce more circulation and bring toxins to the surface of the skin since it has the ability to eliminate toxins.  A suction is created with the glass jar in order to grab a hold of a muscle.  This action allows more blood flow to the local area and breaks down any blockage.  It is especially good for muscular problems, but also effective for asthma and lung congestion.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion

Moxibustion or moxa utilizes an herb, Artemisia Vulgaris or mugwort, which is the common name. Mugwort is condensed into a form that looks like a cigar made out of charcoal. Moxa is gently waved over an acupuncture needle as the energy of the herb enters the body via the needle.  Once in the body, the energy of the herb travels through the meridians, creating more circulation, invigorating and strengthening the internal organs. 

Nutrition

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is so important to our health and is an integral part of TCM. TCM recognizes that good nutrition enhances the body's constitution and determines the strength of its immunity. Food is not only seen as nourishment for the body but also for its medicinal uses. Therefore, depending on the type of food we choose to consume, it can either strengthen or weaken our body. What we eat and digest nourish the cells in our entire body affecting our overall physical energy, mental faculty, and emotional well-being.

Sometimes, the body needs more help in achieving balance. For some individuals, herbal formula would be prescribed. An herbal formula is a mixture of Chinese herbs that strengthen the body's deficiencies and/or weaknesses or help remove excess or blockage that have created the imbalance. It behaves similarly to an acupuncture treatment as well as enhances its affects.

Herbal Medicine

 
 
 
 
 
 

SPECIALTIES

Addiction

Women's Health

Non-Surgical Facelift

Veterinary Acupuncture

Functional Medicine