About Community Acupuncture
Community acupuncture means you share the space with others and pay on a sliding scale. In our clinic, acupuncture is given in quiet, relaxing, group healing rooms in comfortable reclining chairs, or on a massage table. There is no disrobing because we use points on the legs, arms, and head. All you have to do is roll up your sleeves and pant legs.
The points on the extremities can be used to effectively treat any condition, including back pain. We often use "distal" points, which are points far away from the area of concern. For example, we may use points on your opposite leg and ankle for shoulder pain. We find this method to be very effective, as well as accessable in a group setting.
Payment is on a sliding scale, from $40-$70 for the first appointment and $30-60 for follow ups. No income verification is ever required. You decide what you can afford.
Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits: it's easy for friends and family members to receive treatment together, it's often comforting to the patients, the collective energetic field nurtures the entire group, and it makes acupuncture affordable. Community acupuncture improves quality of life, reduces isolation, pain and suffering, and allows people to come in as often as they need to get better.
Why the sliding scale?
Thousands of years of tradition in Asia, as well as research in the United States, shows us that acupuncture is most effective when treatments are frequent and regular. By offering acupuncture at an affordable price, we seek to separate the issues of money and health, and patients with ordinary incomes are able to get the treatments that they need to get and stay healthy.
We understand that everyone’s situation is different and it can change from week to week. That is why you choose the amount you pay on the sliding scale at each treatment. We want acupuncture to help you and that is why we believe that affordable, regular treatments are necessary.
Community acupuncture around the country
The founders Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon have organized the principles of their clinic in Portland into a national movement. Together with acupuncturists around the country, they helped launch the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), a cooperative organization that seeks to encourage the Community Acupuncture principles within the acupuncture profession. CCCA is a proud member of POCA cooperative. There are now hundreds of clinics around the country that follow this business model.