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Meet Chris Bruckner of Green Jade Acupuncture in Orange

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Bruckner.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
How did I get interested in acupuncture? I had been living with digestive difficulties on and off for nearly fifteen years. The doctors had one question regarding the symptoms I was describing: does he or does he not have an ulcer? After numerous GI tests and countless hours with physicians, some the best in their field, the answer was a resounding no. They said I was fine and not to worry. However, I still had the pain and discomfort.

After years of special diets and popping antacids that never really worked, I decided to try acupuncture. The appointment was radically different from the sterile traditions of the physician’s office. The practitioner took his time, asked questions, and did strange things like look at my tongue and take my pulse for three minutes. After a very thorough exam and answering all of my questions, he said “okay we have a diagnosis.” This alone was a welcome relief from the previous “you don’t have an ulcer” explanation.

“Acupuncture and herbs should do the trick, this one is not so complicated”, he said. Not complicated? I had been baffling a handful of doctors for so many years I thought I would give them nervous breakdowns.

To my surprise, I felt relief the first week of treatment. My digestion throughout treatment improved so much that something quite unexpected happened: I decided to become an acupuncturist.

I studied acupuncture at The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences and received my masters degree in Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University where I graduated with honors.

Has it been a smooth road?
The struggles I encountered ultimately became assets. Many healers, including myself, have to go through a type of self healing that includes facing personal challenges and bringing peace to them.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Green Jade Acupuncture – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I practice a type of acupuncture not generally taught in schools. If I am doing my job, the patient should have immediate relief. I am indebted to Dr. Tan of San Diego (now deceased) for my knowledge of clearing pain. My specialty includes all types of body pain. Pride is a difficult word for me but I am humbled every day at the power of this medicine and its ability to change peoples lives.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The community I work in is discerning and interesting. I like working by the Orange Circle which has been a center of daily life for over one hundred years. The shops are quaint and the architecture is eclectic. I especially like the Victorians.

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