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What is Community Acupuncture?

What is Community Acupuncture?

POCA (People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture) defines it as the practice of offering acupuncture:

1) in a group setting where multiple patients receive treatments at the same time;

2) by financially sustainable and accountable means, whereby community acupuncture clinics depend directly on the support of the people who receive acupuncture in them, rather than on grants, donations, or other funding;

3) within a context of accessibility created by consistent hours, frequent treatments, affordable services, and lowering all the barriers to treatment that we possibly can, for as many people as possible, while continuing to be financially self-sustaining; and,

4) with a commitment to social justice in health care.

The practice of community acupuncture is a grassroots movement intended to greatly increase access to acupuncture and widen its use in our increasingly complex health care system. In China, the community model is the traditional way of practicing acupuncture, so we are helping to bring this community feel to the West and people are loving it.

What is Acupuncture all About?

People often think of acupuncture as being effective for complex, difficult, or uncommon problems that Western medicine has limited success with. Unfortunately, this contributes to the perception of acupuncture as a medicine of last resort or that acupuncture is somehow miraculous in its effects. Sometimes this does appear to be the case, but the truth is that acupuncture is miraculous only in so much as the human body is self-healing. Once balance is allowed to be restored and invasive therapies reduced, the body performs its own miracles.

Acupuncture is fairly straight forward and well suited for all manner of ordinary problems; and notably, it is helpful in some important general ways that can benefit just about everyone.

Acupuncture has an overall effect of reducing stress and boosting normal function, so things like sleep, digestion, energy level, and mental clarity all tend to improve with regular treatments. You also don’t have to have a specific problem, per se, to get acupuncture; it’s a great form of preventative care. Most people fall asleep when they get acupuncture and awaken rejuvenated and refreshed.

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Appointments

During Community hours, appointments are set every 15 minutes. Herbal consultations and cupping treatments take their own 15-minute appointment. Allow 1 hour for each treatment (90 min first time).

Setting Appointments

For new patients, please schedule as a new patient online, find your new patient paperwork here, fill out and bring with you.

For returning customers, select the appointment you’d like on the scheduler.

Cancellation policy agreement: If you have an appointment scheduled and you don’t show up and don’t call us prior to the appointment to let us know you won’t be coming, you will be charged a missed appointment fee of $20.

HOURS

Tues, Wed, & Thurs:                 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 6pm

Fri:                                                         10am – 4pm

Sat, Sun, & Mon:                                       Closed

PRICING

Acupuncture Treatment: $15-5 sliding scale (you pick what you pay)

Initial Consultation: $10 (first visit only)

Cupping Session: Sliding scale $20-50 or $20 plus acupuncture cost (if both)

Herbal Medicine, Supplements: Prices Vary

We are unable to accept insurance due to our sliding scale fee.

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About Us

About Us

OPEN

2505 Market Street, Galveston, Tx 7755

409-241-3199

HOURS

New permanent hours starting Tuesday, September 3rd:

Tues, Wed, & Thurs:                 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 6pm

Fri:                                                     10am – 1pm

Sat, Sun, & Mon:                                  Closed

About Me: Clint McCallum

I am a graduate of the Academy of Oriental Medicine (AOMA) in Austin, where I received a Masters degree after completing 3 1/2 years of study with over 1000 hours of clinical training. I am also a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. You will find that I have a hook for a left arm due to a car accident I’m 2009 while I was studying to be a chiropractor. This experience was a challenge, but as I often say, “every challenge is a gift, and every gift is an opportunity.” I have taken this challenge as my opportunity to do my part to help change the world, one needle at a time.

But, this clinic isn’t about me, it’s about all of us healing our world together and bringing community and local back to the forefront. Looking forward to meeting you, and I hope to see you in the clinic soon!

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