Community Acupuncture at Gentle Currents
Acupuncture treatment in an open healing environment at a reduced rate. New patients are welcome.
When: Every Thursday afternoon from 1:00pm -- 3:30pm
Price: $40 / treatment
The Community Acupuncture Clinic is a great way to readily enjoy the benefits of acupuncture. If you are running late or it has slipped your mind but you still want to attend, call anyway and we'll do our best to accommodate you. Please note that online book is not available for last minute appointments.
1) What is Community Acupuncture?
Community Acupuncture provides high quality acupuncture treatment in a
group setting. This setting makes it possible for us to treat several
patients in the same period of time that it would take to treat one or
two patients in an individual, private room setting. This allows us to
provide the treatment at a discounted rate.
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2) What parts of the body are needled?
Treatment points are located at the lower arms and hands, lower legs and feet, the ears, and the head. Please wear loose fitting clothing or clothing that allows easy access to these parts of the body.
3) What sort of issues can be treated in the Community Clinic?
The Community Clinic is generally best for simpler or more straightforward issues (e.g., specific pain issues like sciatica or knee pain) or for addressing one or two symptoms for someone dealing with many issues. The Clinic is a great option for people who:
can't afford the cost of the full session acupuncture treatment;
want regular consistent treatment at a lower cost than in the private treatment clinic;
don't need ancillary treatments such as moxa or cupping, etc. that generally accompany acupuncture treatment in the private setting.
People who have more complicated issues -- autoimmune conditions or multiple pain issues for example -- would benefit best from the full, private treatment setting. In regular private treatment we can provide additional treatments such as moxa, electrical stim, cupping, and gwa sha.
However, many people after starting with regular full private treatments can then continue receiving treatment, if desired, in the Community Clinic. This can make ongoing treatment more affordable.
4) How long is the treatment?
Plan to be at the Clinic for about an hour. Your acupuncturist will
spend a few minutes checking in with you about your symptoms and your
health in general. Then it will take just a few minutes to apply the
treatment. After the needles are applied you will rest for 20-30
minutes. Your needles will then be removed and your treatment is
5) Will the treatment involve any techniques besides needles?
No. Though individual treatments often also include other therapies such
as "cupping", "moxa", electrical stimulation of the needles, or other
treatments, these additional techniques will not be available in the
Community Acupuncture Clinic.
6) I'm intrigued by acupuncture, but I can't tolerate needles. What can
We realize that some people are very fearful or uncomfortable with the
idea of needles. In general our preference is to use needles because
they directly stimulate the body's Qi (or Chi). However, good results
are also achieved by applying small powerful magnets to the acupuncture
points. We often use this approach for those few patients who cannot
tolerate the use of needles.
7) Can you bill my insurance for my treatment?
Though we do offer
billing services for individual treatment, we do not offer this service
in the Community Acupuncture Clinic. Insurance billing is costly and
time consuming, so we cannot provide this service and offer treatment at
the reduced cost available in the Community Clinic.
8) Can I use my Health Savings Account / Flex Benefits Account to pay for Community Clinic treatment?