Welcome to Aquino Acupuncture & Center For Holistic Health

We are a group of licensed and board certified Chinese medical practitioners located in Burbank/Toluca Lake area of Southern California. We use Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, herbal prescriptions, nutrition and lifestyle counseling to help patients balance their body and relieve them of pain and/or other symptoms they are experiencing, however, our true focus is to get to the root cause of these symptoms and help you achieve a true state of health and vitality.


Ancient Chinese healing practice used to relieve pain and treat a wide range of illnesses.


TCM realizes that food is a medicine that can be used to treat specific conditions.


Ancient Chinese therapy which produces increased circulation to the underlying tissues.


A form of medical massage and physical expression of the flow of Qi energy from one human being to another.


Applies focused heat from a slow burning herb to strengthen the blood.

Herbs & Supplements

High quality supplementation can help restore the body’s balance and support it’s natural processes.

Our Mission

We are committed to providing our patients with the highest standard of patient care and strive to make our patients feel comfortable and welcome. We pledge an attitude of compassion, professionalism and respect.

We strongly believe in integrative medicine and know that Chinese and Western medicine can coexist in harmony. Understanding each of their values and limitations is of primary importance as we work with each individual’s varying needs.

Treatments & Specialty

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete health care system that strives to balance the body, mind and spirit.  Catherine & her associates have effectively treated patients suffering from many problems, including but not limited to, pain due to arthritis, knee and back pain, carpel tunnel, headaches, as well as fatigue and depression as well as adjunctive therapy for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.   We also have a specialty in woman’s gynecological health and fertility.

All of the practitioners at Aquino Acupuncture & Center for Holistic Health are knowledgeable and experienced in treating a wide range of problems but each practitioner has an area of special interest.  Catherine Aquino has her specialty and advanced credentials in gynecology and fertility.   Dr. Mingdong Li is an MD from China and is adept in pain syndromes of various causes as well as internal medicine. Salena Hanrahan and Arlene Gillo both have experience in gynecology, women’s health, orthopedics and pain management.  All of us are dedicated to helping individuals with lifestyle choices so they can experience true optimum health.

We can help you if you are experiencing:

"There are not enough praises I can say about Catherine! I have suffered from anxiety for years and when my father got sick I started experiencing panic attacks. My husband suggested I try acupuncture and I'm so happy I did. From the minute she greets you, you feel her warmth and caring bedside manner. She never rushes. She never makes you feel like you are just another number. She always starts each session with a catch-up, it feels like you are talking to an old friend. My husband can immediately tell when I have seen Catherine as my whole mood shifts and she just seems to put everything back in balance. I have sent numerous friends her way, some for fertility problems, some for sciatic pain during pregnancy and some for anxiety and stress. All of my friends thank me every time I see them for sending Catherine their way. If you are looking for a health professional to have on your side. Catherine is the one for you."

Hilary A.

"I've been visiting Dr. Gillo for acupuncture for several years now. She is a talented, compassionate and insightful healer. She looks at the "big picture" of what is going on - both physically and emotionally. She has helped me recover from several injuries and imbalances. I always feel better after a visit with Arlene and would definitely recommend her to friends and fellow Yelp-users. She's conveniently located right next to the Warner Bros. studio lot in the Burbank/Toluca Lake area, there's free parking outside on the street, and Karen the receptionist is a sweetheart."


"I have seen many acupuncturist's over the years and finally found the best  4+ years ago.

As long as I've been seeing Dr. Gillo I always leave her office feeling at peace, relaxed and healthy. Not only is Dr. Gillo such a nice person, she has an amazing gift. Arlene has such a light touch, I rarely feel a needle being placed.

The treatments I have received have tremendously improved my life. The issues which I had trouble with before going to see Arlene, were daily headaches, digestion problems, inability to perspire, depression, colds, influenza, staph infection and ear ache. She is currently helping me through the process of healing torn ligaments in one of my fingers. My physical therapy has been tremendously aided by the addition of Dr. Gillo's acupuncture.

Dr. Gillo is really great, and I'm thankful a friend recommended her years ago when I was ready to give up on acupuncture. Thanks Arlene!"

Steve F.

"Arlene is Super Gifted and an Amazing person. She has a gift for diagnosing exactly the proper treatment for pain relief and fixing what ails you.

When my arm was badly hurt with nerve damage....she helped thru acupuncture to heal it.  I am now pain free and have full mobility and strength in my arm.  And zero nerve damage now. Problem solved thru her superior knowledge and treatment plan.

I highly 1000% recommend Arlene Gillo to anyone wanting to improve their health."

Jonathan R.

"Dr Li is an amazing healer who gave me hope when I had very little. I had a serious disc issue in my neck and after going to him for a couple months, I am almost back to normal. After the first visit I felt better, and continued to improve with each one. He really knows what he is doing and is very kind. Can't recommend high enough!"

Cooper B.

"At least five years ago, My husband and I started going to Dr Li on a weekly basis.  My husband was concerned about his blood pressure and after just a few weeks and an amazing custom herb prescriptions, his blood pressure was perfect and has been ever since.  He continues on the herbs and sees Dr Li whenever he is in town.

I had a more severe situation with Rheumatoid Arthritis and chronic sinus and vertigo issues. I have been seeing Dr Li weekly and again take my own custom herb prescription and my RA is in remission and he keeps the other symptoms at bay most of the time.  I do not need to take hormones or any other synthetic drug and I feel so healthy because of this.  He also knows how to take care of any muscle ache or pain.  

I have to say that this clinic, under the supervision of the amazing Dr Aquino, is one of the reasons I still live in Los Angeles.  We travel the world and I have never found anyone like Dr Li or Dr Aquino.

So, I never write reviews like this but I have to share this secret now. "

Laurie & Paul F.