What Is Community Acupuncture?

Community acupuncture is practiced in a group, rather than one-on-one, setting. Don’t worry! You won’t be baring much skin. The treatments are primarily on the front of the body and mainly on distal points (legs, arms, hands, feet, ears, etc.). You will zone out and relax in a nice comfy chair for an hour or so. This is the way that acupuncture is traditionally done in Asia. Community-style clinics run on a sliding scale in order to make them more affordable, and so that people can get the amount of treatment they need in a shorter period of time. The idea is to make acupuncture as accessible as possible.

The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) is an organization of acupuncturists who practice community-style acupuncture, and their site is a great resource for learning about community acupuncture. Also, this YouTube video explains this all a lot better than we can!