Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, disposable, needles into specific sites on the body known as acupuncture points. The needles are only slightly larger than a human hair. In fact, they are called “filiform” meaning “hairlike.” Each acupuncture point runs along an energetic pathway called a meridian and has a specific function to effect physiological change in the body. Thousands of years ago, the Chinese discovered and mapped out the location of these points. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their existence and location.
According to Chinese medicine, acupuncture works with the natural energy of your body. Periodically, we develop blockages and imbalances in the body caused by physical or emotional trauma. If the physical or emotional traumas are not dealt with, they can manifest into disease. Once the acupuncturist determines the root of the problem, whether physical or emotional, the treatment will be customized to balance that patient’s health. Acupuncture treatment encourages the body to restore its own balance on all levels.
Acupuncture has ancient roots, being used in some form for over 4,000 years. It has been a primary component of Eastern medicine for centuries. Western science now acknowledges the effects of acupuncture on many of the body’s systems, including the neurological, endocrine, respiratory, and digestive systems. In 1997, the National Institute of Health issued a consensus statement saying, “the data in support of acupuncture is as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies.” The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes more than 40 conditions effectively treated with acupuncture.
Community acupuncture simply means that treatments are not delivered in private treament rooms but in a quiet common area. Treatments are given in comfortable reclining chairs, with needles placed primarily below the elbows, knees and in the face and ears. This group setting allows us to see multiple patients per hour while still giving you the personalized care that you deserve. This, in turn, makes it possible for us to keep our fees lower and make acupuncture available to a greater number of people.
Acupuncture is most effective with frequent treatment. With the higher cost of one-on-one private treatment, it has become the norm in America to receive acupuncture only once a week at best. This is usually not frequent enough for many conditions and prohibits most of us from experiencing the full potential of acupuncture’s effectiveness. Our affordable sliding scale of $40 – $80 per person (you decide what you can afford), per treatment allows you to come in frequently enough to experience results faster and maintain better health.
Many patients find that receiving acupuncture in a group setting is preferable to private treatments. The group setting allows family and friends to come in together for treatment. There is also something very nice about relaxing among our peers, especially given the fast-paced, hectic world we live in today.
Our goal is to make high quality acupuncture accessible and affordable for anyone who desires to take advantage of its healing power.
Here in United States, in the last twenty years, people have come a long way towards social and scientific acceptance of acupuncture. Its popularity has grown primarily because of its effectiveness in addressing so many health and body issues. The population who has been able to realize the many health and relaxation benefits that acupuncture provides has often been limited to those who could afford pricey treatments. For the majority of us, the cost of a usual acupuncture treatment has been prohibitively expensive. You may be one of those who has wanted to try acupuncture for your own health concerns, but have been hesitant because of the perceived cost. That has now changed!
Looking for a way to make acupuncture more accessible to more people, the pioneers at Portland, Oregon’s Working Class Acupuncture created the “community acupuncture” treatment model based off of the century-old tradition of the Chinese. In community acupuncture clinics, patients receive individualized treatments in a group setting while resting in a comfortable reclining chair. This treatment model allows us to give effective, individual treatments while seeing multiple patients per hour, which brings down our cost per treatment. The community acupuncture model created in Portland, Oregon in 2002 has been received with great enthusiasm and support. This model has spread to over 200 US cities as well as internationally. Established in the Spring of 2011, Tulsa’s Maplebrook Acupuncture now offers the healing power of acupuncture with the affordable and accessible community treatment model.
With rising healthcare costs and the general state of the economy, we believe that providing affordable acupuncture to everyone is more important than ever. The United States is experiencing a health care revolution in which acupuncture, made affordable, will play a crucial role.