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Community acupuncture may not be suitable for you

Today, when acupuncture is generally not covered by most health insurance companies, a new practice of acupuncture, community acupuncture and its clinics are beginning to pop up all over the country. The premise of community acupuncture is simple: by providing a large room atmosphere with several recliners, an acupuncture provider can treat more patients at once. This model lowers the providers’ costs so it may attract more clients, especially those with low income. For this type of acupuncture, needles are mostly placed on the acupoints located at the earlobes, hands or feet.

However, while this idea is enticing, clients may be unaware of many cons of community acupuncture due to the specific type of acupuncture setting.

First, due to the aforementioned public room setting, there is a lack of privacy, especial medical privacy. Other patients who stay with you at the same room may overhear or find out your medical concerns or may disturb your treatment with noise.

Second, in this type of setting, acupuncturists are hard to do medical evaluation at your suffering region if are usually covered by clothing. This is not good for diagnosis or to reveal local abnormalities.

Third, in order to be successful in treating many illnesses with acupuncture, acupoints distributed on the torso are often necessary to be applied. If only stimulating those acupoints on the ear, hands or feet are not enough to achieve optimal results.

Therefore, community acupuncture may not be suitable for you as long as you have serious health concerns. On the contrary, choosing a private setting for acupuncture is generally regarded good for most cases. A full, in-depth, one-on-one session at a private room will almost always give you more positive experience. As to remedy the financial concerns you may have, that usually can be resolved through direct communication with the acupuncture provider and ask if they offer reduced rates or package deals. You might be delighted to find that the answer is yes!



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