What makes our acupuncture clinic in Gainesville different from other clinics?

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We are different from all other clinics in the whole world for the following four reasons.

  • Five generations of family traditions.

Dr. Weiwei Guan’s great-great-grandfather started practicing acupuncture in the 1880s.  Since then every generation of the Drs. Guan contributed to the family legacy. Her grandfather was the co-founder of China’s first national acupuncture association and the editor of China’s first acupuncture journal. Her father is China’s top ranked acupuncture physician. Guan Special Acupuncture Techniques are renowned and included in many textbooks about this subject. Click here to see the Legacy of Guan Family. There are many clinical experience and knowledge accumulated in the long practice of more than 130 years by the five generations combined. Some pieces of these knowledge were included in textbooks but the many were not and are passed on from one generation to the next.

  • FREE 20-minute Discovery Visit with Dr. Weiwei Guan.

Dr. Weiwei Guan is the fifth generation of Guan family and a UF-educated/ Shands-trained Doctor of Physical Therapy. Having practiced in Gainesville since 2011, she is the leading expert in deciding if you could benefit from physical therapy, acupuncture, or neither. The purpose of this visit is to listen to you and let you ask questions so you can decide if we are a good fit.

  • Tremendous knowledge of Human Body.

It is safe to say that very few other acupuncturists, if any, has had the intensive anatomy training that our acupuncturist in Gainesville, Dr. Weiwei Guan obtained through her education in the Western medicine system. She has had anatomy labs three times in college, graduate school and residency, each lasting one year long, working on real cadavers. No acupuncture school in the whole world offers this type of training. She knows where to insert the needles and, more importantly, where not to.

  • Combined Physical Therapy and Chinese Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL.

If it is suitable to your condition, you will get the benefits of combination treatment from a leading expert in providing integrated solution to musculoskeletal problems. After graduating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Florida, Dr. Guan completed orthopedic physical therapy residency at UF Shands Orthopedic and Sport Medicine Institute, where she received intensive training in treating various muscoloskeletal conditions. She has helped many patients with physical therapy since 2011. Here is more about Physical Therapy in Gainesville.

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What is Acupuncture?

There are many definitions and we like the one Harvard Medical School has.

Acupuncture is a technique that involves inserting very thin metal needles into the skin at precise points on the body to clear energy channels, with the aim of restoring and maintaining health. The spots of insertion are picked based on a complex network of lines of energy, termed meridians. Meridians are thought to encircle the body like global lines of longitude and latitude.

Acupuncture is a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine, which has been practiced for thousands of years. The Chinese healing tradition sees the body as a delicate balance and disease occurs when the body is out of balance. Imbalance, it is believed, blocks the flow of qi, a vital energy that regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance, along meridians. By inserting needles at specific points on the body that connect with these meridians, acupuncture is believed to unblock the flow of qi, restoring health to the body and mind”.

Western medicine explains acupuncture’s effects within a different framework. Some Western scientists believe that this technique stimulates the central nervous system, signaling the body to release various substances including endorphins, immune system cells, natural opioids, neurotransmitters, and neurohormones. These may help control pain, change how the body experiences pain, and promote physical and emotional well-being. Some research also indicates that acupuncture influences involuntary central nervous functions, such as blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature regulation.

All the leading hospitals in the US provide acupuncture service to their patients, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and many more.

What Conditions Does Acupuncture Treat? ​

The World Health Organization endorses acupuncture, and clinical studies have shown it to be a beneficial treatment for many conditions, including:

  • Chronic pain: migraines, headache, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, back pain, tendinitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Digestive disorders: irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, gastritis and constipation
  • Urinary and reproductive disorders: menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility and menopausal symptoms
  • Psychological and emotional disorders: depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia
  • Neurological Disorders: Trigeminal Neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Lasting Shingles Pain (postherpetic neuralgia), Meralgia Paresthetica
  • Symptom management for adverse reactions to chemotherapy and radiation, including fatigue, generalized pain, dry mouth, peripheral neuropathy, nausea and vomiting
  • Seasonal allergies
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight or obesity, when coupled with diet and exercise
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Is Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL Safe? Does It Have Any Side Effects?

The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal. Not everyone is a good candidate for it. You may be at risk of complications if you:

  • Have a bleeding disorder. Your chances of bleeding or bruising from the needles increase if you have a bleeding disorder or if you’re taking blood thinners.
  • Have a pacemaker. Acupuncture that involves applying mild electrical pulses to the needles can interfere with a pacemaker’s operation.
  • Are pregnant. Some types of acupuncture techniques are thought to stimulate labor, which could result in a premature delivery.

Dr. Guan has had three one-year long anatomy training: one year in college as a pre-med student with whole class sharing one cadaver, one year in PT school with four students sharing one cadaver, and one year in residency with two cadavers per resident. This type of intensive training is much more than any acupuncture school could provide to their students. What’s more, our acupuncturist in Gainesville knows exactly where to insert the needles, and more importantly, where not to insert the needles to ensure the safety of patients.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Not really. You may feel a slight prick when the acupuncturist puts the needle in, but it’s much less than the prick you feel during a shot. That’s because the needles are much thinner. You may feel a heaviness, numbness, tingling, or mild soreness after the needles have been put in.

Of course, the perception can vary due to your level of pain tolerance and overall sensitivity. Sometimes your first acupuncture treatment will be more painful than your following treatments due to the nervous system’s adaptation to stimulation.

Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture - Further Information

If you are struggling with knee, back pain or other type of pain or even depression or anxiety, wait no longer and visit our Acupuncture Clinic in Gainesville today! The special acupuncture techniques we use have been developed over five generations and are widely publicized in Chinese medical books. We are here to help!  Aside from acupuncture, we also offer Physical Therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine. For more information or inquiries, call us at (352) 353-0288

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