Most acupuncturists in the US practice in a similar way: one-on-one treatments ranging in price from $60 to $100+ per session. This spa-like practice of acupuncture does wonders for those who can afford it, but there’s something missing from this business model. Namely, the majority of individuals who cannot afford to pay $60-$100 per treatment. There is a relatively new social business model that works to close this access gap: community acupuncture.
Acupuncture is Effective
Acupuncture is an effective medical treatment option for so many conditions. Back pain, neck pain, autoimmune disorders, knee pain, headaches, insomnia, shoulder pain, wrist pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal fatigue, chronic stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, infertility, menstrual irregularities – this is just a small list of the conditions that acupuncture can make a huge difference in. But there’s a common thread among the people who get better with this medicine: they receive regular, frequent treatments until they are well.
Frequency of Treatment is Important
Frequency of treatment is often overlooked in the practice of acupuncture, but it is perhaps the most important piece to long-term success with treatment. Each individual will have their own necessary “prescription” of how often treatments are recommended and in what amount of time, depending on their goals and their condition(s). [See full list here.] This is how the medicine is intended to be administered. Think about this – it makes sense. Would you take a pain, insomnia, blood pressure, cholesterol, allergy, anxiety or depression medication (or most other medications) once a month and expect it to last all month? Or even a lifetime? No! So why do we expect such miracles from acupuncture?
Acupuncture is not mystical or magical. It acts on very real bodily systems including the immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. It promotes blood flow, stimulates the body’s natural healing systems, releases natural painkillers, relaxes muscles, and reduces stress by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system with the release of oxytocin (that “rest-and-digest” system that counteracts the sympathetic “fight-or-flight” system that most Americans run on 24/7).
Community Acupuncture is the Solution
So what is community acupuncture, and how does it address these problems of access to and frequency of treatment?
Community acupuncture is the practice of acupuncture in a group setting. Because multiple people can be treated in the same room with overlapping appointments, the cost savings is passed on.
All treatments at Lilac City Acupuncture are $20 (+$10 at the first visit), so that you can receive treatments as regularly and as frequently as you need.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, you can visit the Appointments page, or call 509-535-4055 during business hours.
For more information on the community acupuncture movement, and to locate other community clinics around the country, visit People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture.
There is something especially healing about this group setting, beyond the power of acupuncture. There aren’t many spaces in our world today where people can sit quietly and rest peacefully among others with a common goal to be well; this is one of the few.