In order to ensure the highest levels of quality and success, patients should be aware of the fact that the results of the services provided by any acupuncture clinic are largely dependent upon the education, training, experience and skill of the individual practitioner. Gabriel Guzman, L.Ac. is the founder and head acupuncturist of Great Tiger Acupuncture, P.C. He began his training at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, obtained his Master of Science Degree from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture, and is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. This intense, comprehensive program included training in Acupuncture & Oriental Medical theory, basic, intermediate and advanced needling techniques, gua sha, tui na (chinese medical massage), moxibustion, cupping, qigong, western anatomy & physiology, bioscience, nutrition, chinese and japanese herbal medicine, over 3,000 hours of advanced clinical internship training supervised by a team of established acupuncture and herbal masters, and various other techniques and systems which fall under the expansive scope of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. As a result of this unique training, Gabriel is adept in 3 distinct styles of acupuncture which are designed to address the specific needs of his patients. These 3 styles are TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), APM (Acupuncture Physical Medicine, which includes the myofascial release of “trigger points”, also known as “dry needling”), and KM (Kiiko Matsumoto style), which includes Japanese superficial needling techniques and instant feedback responses, thereby increasing the effectiveness of an already powerful technique.
The initial visit usually lasts about an hour (or more, depending on the condition/s being evaluated). After the initial intake form is completed by the patient, the acupuncturist will evaluate the general state of well-being and systemic functional and energetic balance of the patient’s body through traditional diagnostic techniques, such as: observation (including looking at the tongue for signs of reflective imbalances in the body), the taking of the pulses on each wrist, palpation of the areas of complaint, and specific questions which are utilized in order to obtain specific knowledge about the patient and the condition being treated. After the acupuncturist obtains the necessary diagnostic information regarding the patient’s condition, the treatment will begin.
Follow-up treatments can last anywhere from 1-2 hours (or longer) and are dependent upon several factors including the nature of the patient’s condition and the subsequent therapies utilized by the acupuncturist.
During the treatment, the patient will be made comfortable in the position that allows the acupuncturist to obtain the greatest access to the area being treated. Supine, prone and upright seated positions are three of the most commonly utilized treatment positions. Once the patient is comfortable, the acupuncturist will lightly swab the area being treated with a sterilized alcohol pad. Brand new, sterilized needles are then gently and strategically placed in one or several areas of the body. The needles are extremely fine, disposable, and are never used more than once, even on the same patient. Great Tiger Acupuncture strictly adheres to the rigorous standards set forth by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s Clean Needle Technique policy, and patient health and safety are our apex priorities.
Since the acupuncture needles are so fine (comparable to a strand of human hair), there is minimal, if any, discomfort upon insertion. In the hands of a skilled acupuncturist, the application of successful needle technique may result in pleasurable sensations of tingling, pulling, energetic movement, heaviness over the area being treated, and even feelings of deep relaxation and mild euphoria. Depending on the nature of the patient’s condition, the acupuncturist may also utilize more advanced methods during the treatment, including electrical stimulation, cupping, gua sha, tui na (chinese medical massage), moxibustion, qigong, infrared therapy, herbal therapy and various other techniques.
In order to help potentiate the beneficial effects of acupuncture therapy, patients are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, maintain proper hydration levels, and to eat a light meal at least 2-3 hours before treatment. Since acupuncture can have a profound effect on the body, patients are advised not to obtain therapy while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, since doing so may increase their effects.
“We at Great Tiger Acupuncture would like to thank you for your interest in our clinic and welcome you to come experience the wonderful effects of acupuncture and feel for yourself how this ancient medical practice has proven itself as an extremely beneficial and effective modality for over 5,000 years. Before there were X-rays, or cat scans, or MRI’s and all of the other incredible advances in medical technology that we benefit from today, there were the ancient masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and the techniques and abilities that they spent thousands of years perfecting is a true testament to acupuncture’s effectiveness. We wish you health, happiness and the highest quality of life you could ever imagine. Always remember that ‘the greatest healer is the healer within.'”
– Gabriel Guzman, L.Ac.