Many people wonder, what is “Community” Acupuncture? How is different than other acupuncture in the area?
Today in America, Acupuncture is usually a one on one treatment in a private room with patient and practitioner only. The Acupuncture Physician spends up to a half hour just asking questions of the patient and attempting to make diagnosis through a long drawn out process of inquiry. After this long session of questions, the treatment is given and the patient usually has 20 minutes to rest with the needles in and then, they have to get up and go because the practitioner has other patients coming in. This private setting is very time consuming and expensive! These practitioners charge between $65 and $110 per treatment! The treatments are usually done once per week.
Unfortunately it’s not the questions or the privacy that make acupuncture successful! The success of acupuncture is due to the acupuncture itself, how long the needles are left in and how often the patient gets treatment! I accept a sliding scale payment, just $20-$45 per treatment. YOU, the patient, decide what YOU want to pay on our sliding scale! It is your choice of what to pay on the sliding scale, no questions asked. Community Acupuncture allows the patient to afford treatment more often AND it uses the treatment time wisely! Here’s how it works…
Acupuncture has almost always been a community based medicine in China. In order for acupuncture to be most effective, patients need to get treatments often and regularly — far more frequently and regularly than most insurance plans will pay for and far more than most Americans can afford in a private setting at up to $100 per hour!
Community acupuncture clinics represent a return to tradition…the first time that I was treated in a community setting, I knew that I could never again practice one on one private treatments! I enjoyed the setting so much more and believe in the philosophy so deeply! I think you too will LOVE this concept!
Check out Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) for more information.