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Tucson, AZ: Nanie Carrillo

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Practice type: Private
Specialties: Cosmetic care, general wellness, headaches / migraines, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain
Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I became an acupuncturist because I fell in love with Chinese medicine theory while studying Shiatsu. The funny thing is that I started college pre-med, but it took me 20 years to find the medicine I wanted to practice. After college, instead of medicine I was working in social and community programs, which serendipitously diverted me to massage and bodywork, and introduced me to Chinese medicine. I fell in love with Chinese medicine because the correlation between medicine and nature made total sense to me. With Chinese medicine, I found a way to help people feel better while helping them to heal their core.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
The individual and varied life experience that I bring to my practice. Because I have worked and studied in various fields, I bring a variety of
knowledge and much compassion to my work.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy helping people understand what Chinese medicine is. I enjoy helping patients learn to listen to their bodies and to incorporate their physical, mental, and emotional selves. I enjoy working individually with people. My favorite quote from Thich Nhat Hanh is “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” Most of all, I enjoy helping people heal, feel better, and find their joy again.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
The biggest misconception I hear about acupuncture is that it painful. Once in a while it can be—I won’t lie. But most often acupuncture is a relaxing and enjoyable experience that is difficult to describe to someone who has not had the opportunity to try it. The second most common misconception I hear is that acupuncture only helps with pain. It’s always fun when people learn that acupuncture is just one part of Chinese medicine, which is a medical system that treats internal, physical, and mental illnesses.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I stay healthy in my own life by trying to practice what I preach. The most common coaching I do with my patients is regarding sleep, diet, exercise, and relaxation. Without healthy sleep we cannot heal. We need a healthy diet to fuel our daily activities. We need to exercise and have fun to maintain a healthy mind and body. And learning true relaxation will foster a healthy mind and spirit. It takes daily mindfulness and practice to achieve and maintain a healthy balance of all this. And of course I get acupuncture regularly, not just when I feel bad.

Learn more and get in touch
(520) 979-7078

330 E. 16th Street, Tucson, AZ 85701

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