This group type setting is popular in Minneapolis and other large cities
Community Acupuncture is modeled after the traditional way acupuncture is practiced in China where treatment is widely used, more frequent and affordable for everyone, and provided in a supportive community healing environment.
The words Community Acupuncture when put together, are not just a description of the kind of acupuncture given in a community or group setting, but also describes who is served by the acupuncture: our communities as we define them. The words Community Acupuncture are not just describing a one-way relationship of the acupuncturists to their communities, but the relationship of the communities to the acupuncture, to the clinic, and to the practitioners, and other staff. The words Community Acupuncture when put together represent the connection and the contract between Acupuncture and Communities.
Acupuncture is often defined by the community of acupuncture practitioners as one part of the major practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine. But it is not just those who practice, or are licensed to practice, or educated to practice acupuncture who get to define what acupuncture is and isn’t. With Community Acupuncture, the definition cannot only come from those delivering care, but those who are served by acupuncture must have also have a role in defining it. To define acupuncture as a technique, or part of a body of knowledge, leaves out its active role in those who are most affected by it: our patients.
We need our patients and community members. We need them in many ways; without them we would have no practices or clinics at all, no income, no referrals, no supporters, no critics, no dynamic force to propel us forward as individual clinics, but also as a growing national, and even world movement of affordable healthcare for our communities.
A community acupuncture clinic gives a sustained commitment to keeping its doors open during hours that the community needs them to be open and it receives the presence of those who come. The community gives its endorsement of acupuncture’s effectiveness, to the affordable pricing, to the comfort and accessibility a community acupuncture clinic, and it receives a reliable resource to maintain or improve the health of its members.
At the root of every helping profession is altruism, or the desire to help others bear their burdens. But altruism alone cannot sustain our choice to join the acupuncture profession and to bring this beautiful, simple, and effective medicine to others. Acupuncture is also a source of livelihood for its practitioners.
Am I missing out on good acupuncture points while in Community Acupuncture?
You aren’t missing out on anything. No matter what style of acupuncture you receive or with whom, there will be excellent and effective points used, and good points that are not chosen. No one kind of acupuncture is able to use all of the acupuncture points at once – and nor should they…that would be a heckuva lot of needles!
We think your best bet is to leave the point selections to your acupuncturist, while giving them feedback about how treatments are helping to change patterns of illness or injury for you.
How can you afford to charge so little?
Because we treat lots of people. What’s most important to a community acupuncturist is simply to give many people the chance to receive treatments. Likewise, the business needs to see many people in order to make ends meet.
Plainly said, we want acupuncture to be readily available as a means to help take care of the health of our neighbors and communities.
Do I have to take my clothes off for treatment?
Absolutely not. Occasionally, we may need to have access to areas just above the knee or up to the shoulder joint, in which case we’d ask you to wear shorts or a tee shirt.
But by and large all it takes to get ready for treatment is to roll up pant legs and shirt sleeves, as points on the lower arms and legs are the most commonly used in community clinics. No need to take any other clothes off.