Community Acupuncture is Working in Vermont!

The community acupuncture days are working beautifully here in Thetford Center. Word has spread like wildfire that people can get acupuncture for $20-$45, and the phone is ringing and the emails are coming in (the current going rate in the Upper Valley is $70-$125 for a private session.) This is clearly the right business model for the new economy. Alternative health care just has to become affordable, whether or not it is covered by insurance. For acupuncture to really work, people usually need to come at least once a week, and sometimes twice, and the treatments usually need to be continued for at least a couple of months. That means the treatments have to be affordable.

I found that when I was only offering private sessions at $75 an hour, or even back when they were $45, $50 or $60 an hour (I’ve been doing acupuncture for 15 years), people often came with the hope and expectation that one or two sessions should cure them. That’s fine if you are a healthy unmedicated person who has an acute shovelling injury (that’s what we get around here in the early winter when we are out of practice). But if you are coming with allergies, infertility, digestive problems, fatigue, depression, arthritis or any other chronic condition, chances are you are going to need weekly or biweekly treatment for at least a couple of months. When I was only offering private sessions, I was often hesitant to even let people know that they needed to come for longer, knowing how hard it would be on their finances. So I would say “Come for a few sessions, and then we’ll talk.”

Community acupuncture makes it possible for people to get the treatment they need, for as long as they need it. It also means people can stay and relax for as long as they like, since I am not trying to free up the treatment room at the end of every hour, there are extra spots available, so no one has to rush out.

I have two tables set up in one room, and a couch and two big comfy chairs in the next room. I am currently scheduling a new person every 20 minutes. Many community acupucture clinics schedule a new person every 10 minutes, and can drop their rates even lower. I am not that streamlined yet, nor am I sure that I want to be. I think 15-20 minutes of personal attention gives a little time to remember we are human and have some fun together.

To schedule an appointment, call 802-785-2503 or email me through the contact page.

Didi Pershouse, CCH, LAc.

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