M.M. VAN BENSCHOTEN ASSOCIATES
Gila Varis LAc, RN
My life in the health field began at home. My father was a Western trained physician from Hungary. Dinner conversations from my father always revolved around the patients he saw that day. After graduating with a bachelor degree in Kinesiology from UCLA, I went to nursing school. I then worked at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in the respiratory and medical ICU, emergency department, and then the utilization department. This gave me a strong foundation and experience in Western medicine.
I then went back to school to study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After practicing what I learned at Yo San University, I started my path under the mentorship with Dr. Matt Van Benschoten. My ability to look “outside the box” enabled me to embrace the futuristic and integrative approach that Matt used in diagnosing and treating his patients. Matt taught me to look at people with the integrative approach of Channel Theory in TCM along with the internal organ anatomy of Western medicine, pharmacology of Chinese Herbs, nutrition and supplements, as well as environmental toxins affecting the human body.
My other interests include Spirituality. I embrace the information of the Science of Spirituality that Alice A. Bailey wrote about, Rudolf Steiner taught, as well as incorporating the spirituality of Chinese Medicine. My active spiritual practice includes meditation as well as gardening. I am able to translate the technical language of Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, as well as include concepts in Spiritual Medicine. My approach with people include taking a thorough history of the person which includes physical, emotional, and mental issues contributing to the symptoms that are plaguing the health and well-being of the individual.
Treatment modalities include dietary recommendations, custom made Chinese Herbal formulas, as well as life-style recommendations. The road to health is a process. Sometimes, there is an instant resolution of the symptom, and sometimes it takes some time to start feeling better. Identifying the variables that are affecting the person’s well-being is the key to resolving the issues impeding health.
The rest is up to the person seeking well-being.
Gila holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from Yo San University, graduating with the highest of honors. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing and Kinesiology. In Gila’s practice as a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, she accepted an apprenticeship with Matt VanBenschoten in 1999. This experience solidified her knowledge of holistic medicine and provided the platform to integrate Western and Eastern medicine to ensure comprehensive approaches to treating a broad spectrum of health issues, including the most serious and complex conditions facing her patients. Along with her extensive clinical knowledge, Gila prescribes medicinal diets to help her patients enhance their constitution, treat illnesses and maintain optimal health. She eagerly shares her wealth of home remedies and her holistic methods for addressing all levels of the human body.
"I approached Gila because I was exhausted with all the pills, injections, and infusions to calm my over active immune system. In 2011 I was diagnosed with Lupus, a chronic auto-immune disease that can damage any part of the body. For me it was my joints giving me RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). The simplest things as combing my hair, opening a water bottle and turning on the car were extremely painful. Eventually my whole body ached.
I was in and out of the hospital. The only medication that sustained me was Prednisone (steroids) but once the side effects of insomnia, mood swings, acne and weight gain started showing, I would look in the mirror and cry. I was very unhappy with who I saw, and how I felt. Things needed to change, and I was ready.
Now a year into my new lifestyle of following Gila’s nutritional plan of no night shade foods for my arthritis and low salicilates due to my sensitivity to them, which was tough because it’s practically in everything! I’ve become a lot more knowledgeable on the foods I consume now a days, which in turn has made a drastic change in my health! I am now off all medications and feel at my best!!
Gila treated me with Chinese herbs and a nutritional plan. She uses muscle testing to find out what areas need attention. She also can identify allergies/sensitivity to food, medications and vitamins. She then formulates a custom made herb formula. She is an amazing HEALER. Their are no words to express my gratitude. She is GREAT. I feel alive again. Thank you!" – Gabby V
March 12, 2015
"This is For everyone that feels something not right from within.
Feeling like something’s off
Not quite right .
Well I found the cure
And that”s “Gila Varis”
She’s truly amazing so glad
I found her!
She has made me feel so good
And really has taken the time to figure out what foods are good and bad for me and put me on Chinese herbs that were made especially for me and my body !
I’ve been following her advice the past two months since I’ve started and lost 12 lbs
And I have no aches or pains anywhere on my body !
I'm sticking to the plan
And I recommend her to anyone that’s tried everything to feel better about themselves!
And nothing’s worked
She will change your life
She did mine!!!" – Chrissy Q