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Wellness for your mind, body, and everything in between 

“I want healthcare that keeps me young and healthy, not just treats me when I’m sick.�  These are words to live by, and exactly what A Natural Balance Wellness Center, in Arroyo Grande is offering.

When you need healing or prevention, Jenny Dull is on the Central Coast to provide all of the alternatives you could imagine. But what she provides isn’t the latest and greatest health craze, and it is quite older than the several months that the Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine has been locally practicing.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for 5000 years, specifically acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, and the two go hand in hand. The former works by increasing blood flow and decreasing pain and inflammation and stimulating the central nervous system (a western term —in China it is referred to as Qi), while herbs help to calm and strengthen the body. People of all ages, with any acute/chronic disease, sickness, pain or addiction can receive acupuncture. Chinese Herbs are formulated to each person’s unique physiology.  They help to harmonize and support the entire body. Finally, each can be used for preventative medicine as well, which is something we could all use, according to Jenny.

With healing hands, Ms. Dull is here to help, but most of all, understands your pain. At 27, she hurt her knee playing soccer, tried acupuncture for herself, and fell in love with it. She went on to begin a four-year masters program and ended up studying in Hang Zhou, in Southern China, thus fulfilling her almost decade-long dream of working in medicine, specifically Eastern medicines and its philosophies. Her focus of study in China was Gynecological, (menopause, infertility, ovarian cysts, and hormone balancing) and orthopedic problems, and came to learn that acupuncture was able to treat multiple disorders at once, since it is holistic. She hopes that clients will respond positively to the Wellness Center’s marriage of Western and Eastern philosophies, with doctors working side-by-side, just as she experienced in China.

Dull’s range goes well beyond the basic disciplines she learned in China. Stress, grief, insomnia, migraines, viral or bacterial invasions, heart disorders, high cholesterol, depression, and muscular, neurological, respiratory and dermatological problems all can be treated. The center also offers abdominal acupuncture as a supplemental to weight loss programs. In addition, Dull has experience in sports injury, pain management, metabolic syndrome and cosmetic issues. Her cosmetic facial rejuvenation protocol is a natural and comprehensive treatment to revive the radiant glow to one’s face.

The Center also provides such services as internal and integrative medicine, chiropractic services, physical therapy and rehabilitation, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, lifestyle coaching, vitamin therapy, oxygen therapy, and nutritional analysis, and offers a well-stocked retail store with physician-selected vitamins and herbs. Most insurance providers cover acupuncture, claims Dull. “If we could get every person to get acupuncture every two weeks, the world would be happier.�

Dull sums up her mission. “I am determined and dedicated to each patient’s mind and body in healing … harmonized health.  Educating each patient about his or her health is a top priority.�
Jenny will be speaking at Kennedy Club Fitness in Arroyo Grande on Thursday May 18th, 6:30 pm (481-2888). Topics will include traditional Chinese medicine and aging, acupuncture, herbs and lifestyle.
A Natural Balance Integrative Wellness Center is located at 260 Station Way, suite A, near Miners Hardware in Arroyo Grande. Info: 481-3442 or

This week’s Strokes & Plugs was compiled by Calendar editor Christy Heron, a fan of reviving her radiant glow. You may contact her via

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