Community acupuncture is held Saturday’s 10 am to 3 pm at Bhakti and is a group based acupuncture environment. Schedule online or walk-ins welcome (though, we encourage you to check availability online first just in case).
- What is Community Acupuncture +?
A great group activity for friends or families.
Community Acupuncture + is acupuncture done in a multi-patient setting where all patients receive acupuncture at the same time. This setting provides an affordable alternative to individual acupuncture, optimizing the patient health benefits while lowering barriers to treatment. The “+” is the addition of advanced health technologies such as Microcurrent Therapy, Earthing, Far Infrared heat, Reiki, Homeopathy, and more.
- Treatment frequency is often key to sustainable results
Acupuncture is a PROCESS. It is very rare for a problem to be resolved completely with a single acupuncture treatment. The standard American model of treatment frequency of once every few weeks or months is primarily due to cost. Frequent treatment is much more likely to lead to relief. Your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment, based on our experience with treating different kinds of conditions. If you do not come in long enough or often enough, acupuncture may not work as well for you. The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you engage with the process of treatment in order to get the best results.
- We have a sliding scale
We have a sliding scale of $20-$40. You decide what you can afford. Proof of income is never required. There is a one-time paperwork fee of $10 due at your first appointment.
At BCA, the way we make acupuncture affordable and still making a living ourselves is to see multiple patients per hour. Because we have a sliding scale, we are unable to bill insurance (per rules of insurance companies). If you have insurance, we will be happy to give you a payment receipt for you to submit.
BCA does not receive grants, state or federal money, or insurance reimbursements. BCA exists because patients pay for their treatments. Such is the nature of a sustainable community-based model.
- We treat in a community setting
In our clinic we use reclining chairs, arranged in groups for a quiet, soothing space. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits: it is easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together and many patients find it comforting. We talk in low voices in the community room in order to respect privacy.
Although we work in a community space, as medical professionals we will always adhere to standards of patient confidentiality, and have found that our patients are also extremely respectful. While we love seeing our patients out in the community, we will continue to respect confidentiality and any social interaction will be purely up to you.
- A typical treatment at Bhakti Community Acupuncture
On your first visit, please stop in the waiting room to fill out paperwork. For all visits, come on back to the Community Acupuncture room, pick a recliner, remove your shoes and socks, draw your sleeves up to elbows and pants up to knees, and make yourself comfortable with pillows and blankets (cell phone off, please). Treatments take place fully clothed; needles typically inserted in the ears and below the knees and elbows where many of the most powerful points are located. We use sterile, stainless steel needles that are used only once and then disposed of. A small pinch may be felt upon insertion of the needle. Most people feel little or no discomfort, in fact many of our patients fall into a restful sleep while receiving acupuncture. Once the needles are in, you may feel some slight tingling, achiness, or warmth in the acupuncture point. These are perfectly normal sensations and indicate that the energy is moving. If anything feels uncomfortable, we can adjust the needles to make you more comfortable. People rest for as little as 30 minutes or as long as two hours but we let you decide exactly how long you want to retain the needles. Most patients feel done after about 45-60 minutes. When your treatment is done (your body will know), just make eye contact with the acupuncturist, or raise your hand and they will come over and take your needles out.
Our commitment to You
We want our community to be welcoming to all different kinds of people. We want to give you the tools to take care of your own health so that you will not need to rely on Big Insurance or Big Pharmaceuticals for costly, high-tech interventions. We will provide a safe environment with skilled practitioners. Please enjoy the space. We do, and hope that BCA can be an important part of your community.