Community Acupuncture Comes to Vermont

I have just returned from a workshop on Community Acupuncture put on by a group called “Working Class Acupuncture” in Portland, Oregon.

I have been toying with the idea of low-cost group treatments for some time now, and this workshop has convinced me that Community Acupuncture is the way to go. In August I will start offering group treatments at the Two Rivers Clinic in Thetford Center, Vermont for a sliding scale of $20-45 per treatment (you decide where you fit on the scale). For an appointment, call 802-785-2503, or email me through the contact page.

If we look at the Sustainable Medicine Manifesto, Community Acupuncture is a good example of sustainable medicine in many ways:

1. It is financially affordable, for both clients and practitioners, making acupuncture available to all who need it, rather than limiting it to those who can afford it.

2. It is non-toxic, to clients and to the earth, creating less waste per treatment than a single can of soda.

3. It is slow medicine—clients are allowed to relax and stay for as long as they like.

4. It builds and restores community connections by encouraging people to relax in a meditative environment with their neighbors.

5. It is pattern-based and proactive—treating the underlying cause of the illness based on whole body diagnosis.

6. The only thing sterile about Community Acupuncture are the needles. Community Acupuncture creates a healthy fertile environment in which people can grow and change.

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