What is Community Acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is acupuncture therapy performed within an open group of people. At the first visit, each individual has a private consultation with the acupuncturist, which will last approximately one half hour. This is to obtain the necessary medical information in order to establish an acupuncture treatment plan for the individual.
This type of acupuncture is designed for relaxation and promotion of the body’s self healing. The benefit of the group method is that the person is able to experience the generalized healing effects of acupuncture at less cost per treatment. This method of acupuncture is helpful in relieving insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, tension, generalized aches and pains and improving a sense of well being. This is accomplished by reducing the stress hormones released by the autonomic nervous system in response to our daily life experiences.
Many people find that group treatments promote a powerful, collective healing energy and alleviate some of the isolation associated with illness. This setting also makes it easy for friends and family to come in for a treatment.
Who performs this treatment?
All treatments are performed by a certified acupuncturist with community acupuncture experience, in a confidential and calming atmosphere.
What can I expect?
Acupuncture is performed in a large, quiet, common room with people sitting in reclining clairs. Small fine sterile needles are placed on points on the hands, feet, and head to treat problems anywhere in the body. The goal of this type of acupuncture is to stimulate the brain to release neurochemicals that will be used by the body to self heal.
Patients stay as long as they like. The "right" amount of time varies for each person and you will discover after a few treatments just how much time is right for you. Treatments take 20-90 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Community acupuncture is an ongoing healing process and usually requires a series of treatments from once a week for four weeks, to every other week for 2 months.
Who can Benefit from Acupuncture?
Persons experiencing the following symptoms can benefit from community acupuncture:
- Tension, Anxiety
- Mild depression
- Generalized Aches and Pains
- Promotion of Well Being
The acupuncturist will be able to inform you, at anytime, if they feel that your condition warrants more extensive acupuncture and is not suited for community acupuncture.
Please wear loose comfortable clothes, allowing easy access to your elbow and knee area. Tank tops and button down shirts are helpful. You may eat something light, at least two hours before your treatment. Please refrain from wearing strong scented oils, perfumes and colognes, as some of our patients have allergic sensitivities. You may want to wear earplugs or headphones to reduce any noise and for complete relaxation.
If you have a time limit on your visit, please inform the acupuncturist or receptionist so we can keep track of the time for you during your treatment. When you feel that your treatment is complete, open your eyes and give the acupuncturist a nod so as not to disturb other people, during their treatment. If your eyes are closed, we will think you are asleep and will not wake you. Please take all personal belongings with you into the treatment room.
The calm atmosphere in the community room exists because our patients create it by relaxing together. To help us maintain this environment, we ask that you please speak in whispers and do not socialize with others while you are in the room. If you would like to speak to a practitioner, one-on-one at any length, please schedule a private session.
Fees, Hours and Contact Information
Initial visit: $56
Follow-up visits: $56
Hours: Appointments are available every Wednesday evening between 6 - 8:10 pm.
Location: Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
Phone: Please call to make an appointment at: 248-964-9200
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