Andrea Cillo, Acupuncturist

Andrea Cillo


876 sunrise hwy Bay Shore New York, 11706


After receiving my associates in biology, I attended the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan and earned my Masters of Science in Acupuncture. There I learned the unique style of Acupuncture Physical Medicine (aka trigger point dry needling). Developed by our headmaster Mark Seem and based on Janet Travell's books on trigger points, this technique releases "knots" in muscles to alleviate musculoskeletal pain and even internal visceral symptoms (such as chest pain or digestive disorders) without the harmful injections of steroids or numbing agents. I was also well versed in many other tricks that go with the trade such as moxabustion, electro-acupuncture, cupping and gua sha. Currently, I am studying Classical Chinese Medicine under the mentorship of Timothy Aitken, a master practitioner and specialist in pediatric acupuncture.Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into strategic points on the body to achieve overall wellness. This technique developed over 3,000 years ago and takes a holistic approach to healing. All the symptoms that you're feeling come down to one root diagnosis: an imbalance between internal organs, and/or pathology that has made it's way into your body. Acupuncture works to correct these imbalances and pathologies by supporting your body's natural ability to heal itself.You and I are a team. That means that you have as big a role in your healing as I do. You have the ultimate control over your body and it is up to you to exercise it. Your health is your responsibility, and your healthcare team is here to support you.

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Tri State College of Acupuncture M.S. 2013

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  • Can acupuncture treat my digestive disorders?

    It can. Unlike medications, acupuncture works beyond just treating symptoms and gets to the root cause of your digestive distress. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture help in treating chronic fatigue syndrome?

    Acupuncture can absolutely help both treat the root cause of the syndrome and help alleviate symptoms. READ MORE

  • Can acupunture decrease my body weight?

    Yes. We work with dietary counselling, lifestyle counselling, and acupuncture to help support you in losing weight. I do, however, recommend you have your thyroid checked because it controls your metabolism. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture require other medicines to be effective?

    Both acupuncture and western medicine are complete medicines of their own and do not require the other to be effective, but they can work together and support one another. I always recommend my patients keep both their doctors and myself aware of all treatments they are receiving. The more verbal you are, the better your medical team can work together in your healing. READ MORE

  • How will acupuncture help my fibromyalgia?

    Acupuncture can absolutely help you manage your pain and your stress levels. I also work with meditation, diet, and lifestyle counselling. There are many options you may also consider but for starters: light exercise, massage (if the pain does not worsen with pressure) or float spas (highly concentrated Epsom salt baths) to manage your pain, and therapy, counselling, support groups or taking part in something you truly enjoy to relieve your stress. READ MORE

  • Would you recommend an acupuncture treatment for treating a hyperactive thyroid?

    Acupuncture can definitely help, but it would take several treatments and may require treatments on a regular basis for life. READ MORE

  • I have arthritis, and I'm considering acupuncture. Will it help?

    Acupuncture can definitely help. The mixed reviews can be for several reasons such as inconsistent treatments, the style of acupuncture practiced may not have supported that particular patient, comorbidities, the patient may not have complied with the treatment protocols set forth by the acupuncturist, etc. The best way to know is to try it yourself! READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with TMJ?

    Absolutely. I practice a specific technique called trigger point dry needling which is extremely effective in treating TMJ. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me quit smoking?

    Acupuncture is very helpful in the quitting process but you must really want to quit. I have found that if my patient isn't dedicated to quitting, it will not be effective. There are 2 ways to work with addictions: one is the NADA protocol which utilizes auricular acupuncture, and the other is with pure acupuncture treatments that address the reasons for your addiction. I work with the later (and some meditation) and have found that that approach is far more effective in helping someone quit for good. READ MORE

  • Will acupuncture treat my menstrual cramps?

    It can. There are several reasons why the cramping may be so severe (from simple muscle tightness to endometriosis) and acupuncture can work to address them all. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help treat an excessive sweating problem?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help regulate excessive sweating without blocking any glands or clogging pores. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with weight loss?

    Absolutely. Though I still work with suggesting diet and lifestyle changes, acupuncture can help remove blockages that may be preventing you from seeing and feeling results. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in relieving my mother's depression?

    Yes, acupuncture is very successful in treating depression. However, she should not fear any medications. They can be extremely helpful and there is usually little risk. Acupuncture can also work with the medications and eventually help her to wean off of them if they prove necessary. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with nausea?

    Yes. There is also acupressure she can do at home to help with the symptoms. Seeing an acupuncturist, however, will be more effective. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help in treating skin disorders?

    Yes, acupuncture can help. We actually understand skin conditions to be an internal imbalance that manifests symptomatically on the skin. This is likely why the cream did not help her; it was only treating the symptoms, not the cause. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat chronic fatigue syndrome?

    Acupuncture can definitely help alleviate all of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. We may also suggest some lifestyle changes which will help support the treatments. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with ulcer pain?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help alleviate the pain, help the ulcer to heal, and help prevent new ones from forming. However, I ask that you continue to consult with your doctor to image the progress of it's healing. As for the medications, please don't fear them. They can be extremely helpful and the acupuncture can help wean you off of them and/or address any possible side effects from them. READ MORE

  • Lately I've been experiencing a lot of fatigue. Can acupuncture help?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help improve your energy levels and improve your sleep (if that is an issue). I may also recommend moxibustion homework, and dietary or lifestyle changes to supplement the treatments. READ MORE

  • How effective are acupressure slippers?

    Honestly, I think they're a nice foot massage. There is only one acupuncture point on the bottom of the foot so these slippers likely activate foot reflexology points which is a different medicine. Additionally, they are not massaging specific points that will help you heal in any way. Every point we use is selected for a reason. To activate all of them simultaneously only confuses the body and can do more harm than good. Think of it like taking every over the counter medication at once to treat a headache. The aspirin may help, but the tums, NyQuil, and laxative certainly won't. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture helpful in treating anemia?

    Yes. The acupuncture can help and I would likely make some dietary and lifestyle changes, and have him apply moxibustion for homework. READ MORE

  • How is arthritis treated with acupuncture?

    Yes. Studies have shown that acupuncture is actually better at treating pain than most pain medications and this is because we don't just treat the symptom of pain, we treat the cause. In Chinese Medicine, arthritis actually has 4 different possible diagnoses. Western medicine only has one: inflammation. The acupuncture will treat why the inflammation is occurring, not just the pain you feel from it. READ MORE

  • Can insomnia be treated with acupuncture?

    Acupuncture can definitely help, but you may not feel immediate results. There are over-the-counter supplements, essential oils, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions that can be used while the acupuncture works. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help in treating depression?

    Acupuncture can definitely help, but I wouldn't suggest taking her off any medications without first consulting her doctor. As the acupuncture works, and she starts to feel improvement, we can work with her doctor to slowly wean her off the antidepressant. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture helpful in boosting fertility?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help increase fertility, support the pregnancy, and even help with inducing labor and the birthing process. READ MORE

  • Why do I have so much gas and bloating?

    In Chinese Medicine, it's difficult to provide a diagnosis with only the symptoms. There are several reasons why people feel certain symptoms and the symptoms themselves can be misleading. To fully and accurately explain why you feel this bloating, I would need to take a full history, feel your pulse, and look at your tongue. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating lower back pain?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture can help with any muscle pain from the repetitive strain of your work, but can also help lower and better manage your stress levels. READ MORE

  • Is it safe for me to continue my acupuncture during pregnancy?

    It is absolutely safe to continue with acupuncture during pregnancy so long as your acupuncturist is made aware that you are pregnant. There are certain points we avoid as they can induce labor, turn the baby, etc. READ MORE

  • My wife has no drive for sex. Will acupuncture be able to help at all?

    It can definitely help. There are many factors involved with sexual drive and it may even be helpful for you both to see the acupuncturist and a therapist to work through whatever is blocking your intimacy. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me in managing stress?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is most well known for it's treatment of stress and anxiety. The treatments can help with the symptoms you feel and there are exercises and meditations we can work with to help prevent you from feeling stressed or overwhelmed to begin with. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture improve sleep?

    Acupuncture helps with sleep on many different levels; due to stress, chemical imbalances, etc. The reason why you're having trouble sleeping (in Chinese medical terms) is due to either an imbalance between the yin and yang energy within your body, or imbalances between the internal organs that regulate sleep. Your symptoms, the look of your tongue, and the feel of your pulse will tell us what those imbalances are and then we work to correct them, thus alleviating the insomnia. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture a long-term treatment?

    The length of time needed for acupuncture is dependent upon the condition and the patient's compliance with treatment. Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it takes to resolve. The resolution of a condition, however, does not mean one must stop acupuncture. I find several patients continue to work with other conditions or use acupuncture prophylactically (to prevent future conditions, injuries, etc.). READ MORE

  • Is it advisable to take acupuncture treatment along with normal medication?

    It is perfectly safe to receive acupuncture treatments while on any medications. The only type of medication that can cause some complications are blood thinners because acupuncture can cause bruising. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating diabetes?

    Acupuncture can absolutely help treat diabetes. Through treatment and proper diet, acupuncture can lower blood sugar levels and your A1C. Acupuncture can also work in conjunction with any medications you are taking to treat the diabetes and may be able to lower your doses. READ MORE

  • Is there an acupuncture treatment for treating back aches too?

    Acupuncture can work at both the physical and emotional levels to alleviate pain. Physically, acupuncturists will use local needling techniques (I use trigger point dry needling), electrical stimulation, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and sometimes massage. I also provide my patients with stretching and exercises to alleviate and prevent pain while at home, and decrease flare ups and treatment frequency. At the emotional level, we can alleviate stress and other emotions which frequently compound physical pain. READ MORE

  • Should acupuncture be a long term thing?

    There are minimal side effects to acupuncture such as bruising, soreness, or dizziness. As for stress relief, acupuncture can be used for as long as the patient feels necessary and is always available to support a patient through periods of higher stress. I frequently give my patients meditation and other exercises to help alleviate stress at home. READ MORE

  • Are medicines also involved in acupuncture treatment?

    The decision of what western/traditional medications are necessary should always be left to your doctor. Some acupuncturists also practice herbology which is our form of "medications." (I put that in quotes because the acupuncture treatment itself can be considered a medication). Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with both western medicines and Chinese herbs. Your respective doctors will decide when each is necessary. It is very important you speak with both your doctor and acupuncturist about what medications (both prescribed and over the counter) you are taking. The herbs, acupuncture treatments, and western medications can all affect each other. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture help in treating my loud cough?

    Acupuncture has a different understanding of lung and other organ and bodily functions. In instances like this, our theories can make sense of what doesn't to western medical doctors. In your case, it is unlikely that there is something in the air because if that were true, it wouldn't be worsening at night, the cough would remain constant. This suggests to us that there is an imbalance. Our methods of diagnosis will determine what that imbalance is and our treatments work to correct it. Once this is corrected, proper lung function is restored and the cough is alleviated. READ MORE

  • Are acupressure and acupuncture the same?

    Acupuncture and acupressure are different methods of applying the same theory. Acupuncture uses needles, acupressure uses the fingers to apply pressure. They can be and frequently are used simultaneously. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture recommended for skin conditions like eczema?

    Acupuncture can be very helpful in treating all skin conditions. I, of course, would recommend it but please remember that the medicine takes time. Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence the longer it takes to resolve. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat my digestive disorders?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture can help to regulate your entire digestive system. We can also work with your diet to support the treatments. READ MORE

  • My mother in law feels very sleepy all through the day. Can acupuncture help her?

    Acupuncture can definitely help to increase her energy levels and it can also help support the kidneys. Because of the kidney disorder, treatments will most likely be long term. Treatment frequency, however, may decrease as her symptoms and condition improve. READ MORE

  • Is there any way acupuncture can help treat asthma?

    Absolutely. We understand asthma differently than western medicine so we can totally support your healing postpartum. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture really help with hair loss?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help strengthen and thicken the hair you have while also stimulating hair growth, READ MORE

  • Is there a cure for acute arthritis in acupuncture?

    Though acupuncture doesn't claim to cure arthritis, it can absolutely help alleviate the symptoms. READ MORE

  • How long does acupuncture treatment usually last?

    Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it takes to see results. However, acupuncture isn't a life sentence. It may take some time before your condition completely heals but once it does, there is no need to continue treatments. Most do continue, though, to work on other conditions or to use it as preventative medicine. READ MORE

  • Will I have to get acupuncture throughout my life?

    When I see patients for pain, I typically start with weekly treatments and slowly decrease the frequency as the pain resolves. Once it is resolved, there is no immediate reason to continue treatment outside of prevention and/or minor flare ups. As for how long it takes to resolve, that is dependent upon the condition and the patient's compliance with treatments and homework. If a patient wishes to continue treatment (be it for prophylactic reasons or other conditions) there is always a way I can support them. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help treat thyroid imbalance?

    Absolutely. We can help to balance hormones and alleviate the symptoms associated with thyroid conditions. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me lose weight?

    It's true! There are several different ways we can work to support you in losing weight like with auricular acupuncture or diet and lifestyle counselling. We can help to quell cravings, munchies, constant hunger, etc. If there are other factors at play, such as hypothyroidism, we can work to resolve those as well. READ MORE

  • I have a migraine problem. Should I see an acupuncturist?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture works very differently than western medicine and can provide huge relief where medications don't. I will stress you must have patience with eastern medicine though. The longer something has been in existence the longer it takes to resolve but it will resolve! READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating GERD?

    Yes. Acupuncture works to regulate the entire digestive system and addresses several triggers of GERD. We can also work with dietary counseling. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture work for anxiety?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture can alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and many other types of psychological distress. READ MORE

  • Can I go to an acupuncturist to get rid of my abdominal pain?

    Yes. We work to regulate your digestive system to alleviate symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, gas, etc. READ MORE

  • I am having a lot of stress due to menopause and I am unable to sleep soundly. Should I go for acupuncture treatment?

    Absolutely. We can work with both the stress and the menopause to improve sleep and alleviate other associated symptoms. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture effective in treating blood related problems like anemia?

    It can. We use a technique called moxabustion which helps to build blood within the body. This is also a technique that I can teach you and can be used at home. We also work with diet. READ MORE

  • I have headaches frequently. Can acupuncture treatment help?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating headaches and migraines. READ MORE

  • Is there a treatment for bronchitis in acupuncture?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture can work to treat the bronchitis and the symptoms but also prevent it from happening in the future. If flare ups do occur, the symptoms are usually less intense with acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Can accupuncture help in bringing down my cholesterol?

    It can. We can also support you with the changes in your diet, any cravings you're having, digestive upset from it, etc. READ MORE

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