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JILLIAN B. SOBO
LAc, MAOM, DiplOM
Jillian Sobo is a Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist in Massachusetts and a nationally certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. She earned her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the renowned New England School of Acupuncture, whose rigorous academic program includes classroom and clinical training totaling over 3100 hours, and extensive training in Western biomedical science and anatomy. Jillian holds Bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and French from Colgate University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.
Jillian practices a blend of Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture, orthopedic acupuncture, and Dr. Tan’s balance method for pain. She employs a variety of tools in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the effectiveness of her treatments such as cupping, electroacupuncture, auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture and acupressure), tui na (Chinese medical massage), heat therapy using TDP lamp or burning of the Artemesius vulgaris herb (known as moxibustion or moxa), Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional counseling.
Jillian’s primary areas of focus and expertise include chronic pain management, women’s health, digestive disorders, stress management, and mental health. Jillian is highly experienced in treating women's health issues such as menstrual disorders, fertility, pregnancy (including turning breach babies and labor induction), and symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause. She continues to receive advanced training in acupuncture and the Western biomedical sciences.
She enjoys hiking, cooking, musical theater, and reading on the banks of the Charles River.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
How Does It Work?
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are based on a concept of vital energy, or Qi (pronounced "chee"). This Qi flows along channels or meridians throughout the body and links all of the body's parts and functions. Qi nurtures and maintains our physical body as well as our mind. It keeps the blood circulating, warms the body, and fights disease. When a person is healthy, Qi flows smoothly through the channels. If the flow of Qi is blocked, weak, or excessive, then symptoms and illness can occur. When this happens, the corresponding organs and muscles do not get their necessary flow of energy and nutrients (such as Blood), and therefore have trouble performing their physiological functions. External factors - such as trauma or exposure to a pathogen, as well as Internal factors - such as feelings of anxiety, stress, grief, anger, worry, depression, or sadness can all lead to a disharmony of Qi flow. During an acupuncture treatment, the flow of Qi is corrected by inserting needles to specific points along the channels. where Qi communicates with the body. This redirects the Qi to flow correctly and restores balance to the entire system. Acupuncture may also be used to correct energy flow even before symptoms or disease appears!
Japanese Acupuncture techniques are gentler, subtler, and less painful than the techniques used in China. Japanese Acupuncturists are trained to find the exact active location of the acupuncture points in the individual patient, which allows the treatments to be extremely effective without using deep needle insertions or strong stimulation.
The needles used are extremely thin, solid stainless steel. Being no larger than 0.20 millimeters in diameter, they are approximately the width of a human hair - much smaller than the hollow-pointed hypodermic needles used by western physicians when giving injections. They are individually packaged single-use disposable needles, and are carefully discarded after use.
Treatments may involve the use of additional techniques used in Oriental medicine that support the affects of acupuncture. These techniques involve the use of moxabustion - a traditional Eastern medicine technique that involves the burning of the herb mugwort to facilitate healing, and Cupping - a technique used to release tension and "stagnation" in the body. The use of magnets may also be incorporated into a treatment.