Many people are confused enough about what acupuncture is let alone community acupuncture. This short article will explain what community acupuncture is all about and what it’s benefits are.
North American model of Acupuncture
Traditionally acupuncture was often practiced in a group environment, with daily or even multiple treatments per day. For various reasons, when the medicine moved to the West, a one-on-one model, with one treatment per week, in an individual treatment room became standard. When performed this way acupuncture is generally expensive. People have trouble affording the number and frequency of treatments that are understood within the profession as needed to provide the optimal results.
The Community Acupuncture model
Here at Your Health Span all initial intakes are done in a private room. I will discuss your health concerns with you, do a tongue & pulse diagnosis and create a treatment plan for you. Your treatment plan will include the number and frequency of treatments recommended and may include a herbal medicine prescription.
You will receive your treatment in the community room. We use points on the head, ear and below the elbows and knees to treat the entire body, so there’s no need to undress – just remove your shoes and roll up your pants and sleeves. We can even address your back pain by treating points on your wrists and hands.
You will be with other people quietly receiving treatment at the same time. There are many benefits to getting treated in a community setting. In our busy society, it is not often we stop and take time to relax while surrounded by our peers. This is not a lack of privacy but an opportunity to experience treatment with family, friends and community. The shared experience makes individual treatments more powerful.