I actually enjoy the community part of it. I always got the sense that if I need some more privacy, I could go into another room and have some more specific attention.
San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) June 18, 2011
Like many students of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), alumni Paul Wang and Faye Luong studied acupuncture so that they could help people using natural, side-effect-free health care. Because these treatment programs often involve regular and frequent treatment sessions, they embraced the traditional group-based acupuncture models of Asia to keep costs within reach of more members of the community at their San Jose acupuncture clinic, Living Room Acupuncture.
The high volume, low cost treatments are especially important to patients who require frequent treatments, as was the case for chronic eczema and acne sufferer, Shu-Hsien Ho. After trying Western medication and expensive private acupuncture clinics, Ho turned to Living Room Acupuncture.
“I couldn’t sustain going to acupuncture at the higher rates,” said Ho. “Basically, I reduced my treatments to fit my budget and went only twice a month. But I noticed that with the slower pace, I wasn’t really getting the results I do when I go more frequently.”
The community acupuncture clinic, located at 1630 Oakland Road A110 in San Jose, offers a sliding scale of $20 to 40 for regular clients who have need of treatments averaging 45 minutes. Patients are allowed to stay at the clinic with the needles in as long as they wish to feel the full benefits of the treatment at no additional charge.
“Some patients have a lot of underlying fatigue or deficiency, and they need to stay longer to recharge their battery,” said Wang.
After an initial consultation, Wang and Luong evaluate patients and develop an acupuncture plan that can be performed in a group setting. The treatments typically focus on distal acupuncture points, which are mainly located on the hands, forearms, feet and lower legs—as well as some scalp and ear points.
“I actually enjoy the community part of it,” said Ho. “I always got the sense that if I need some more privacy, I could go into another room and have some more specific attention.”
The clinic offers English, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish speakers. For more information about the clinic, contact the Living Room Acupuncture clinic at (408) 260-2458. For more information about the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), call Alissa Cohan at (415) 355-1601 x 12.
About the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) has been at the forefront of educating students in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Bay Area since its inception in 1980. Their two degree programs—the Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) and the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)—provide a truly exceptional professional education.
ACTCM’s community clinics serve as a diverse and demanding training ground for their students, while providing affordable health care services to the community. ACTCM’s certificate programs in Tui Na and Shiatsu and its introductory classes for the public offer additional educational opportunities for current ACTCM students, healthcare professionals and the general public.
Bay Area acupuncture treatment, as taught by ACTCM, restores balance and health, and is used for everything from chronic pain to drug dependence. It is also effective for allergy relief, weight loss, pain management and fertility treatment. During treatment sterile, disposable needles are inserted at acupuncture points along the meridians. Because of the thin and pliable needles used, most people feel little to no discomfort as the needles are inserted, and patients often feel energized or a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
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