Community Acupuncture

What is community acupuncture?

“Community Acupuncture” is a way to make acupuncture treatment accessible to a broader community.While the usual fee for an acupuncture treatment ranges from $50 to $100, in a community acupuncture setting this can range from $15-$40 per treatment. At our clinic, we  have a flat fee of $20 per treatment.

How is this possible? Instead of being treated all alone in private, patients are treated in a group setting, seated in comfortable chairs or recliners (completely dressed, of course). While relatively rare in the West, group acupuncture is the usual style of treatment in China.

How is community acupuncture different from regular acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is in a larger room so that more people can be treated at the same time. At Montavilla Community Acupuncture, up to 6 people can be treated during a one-hour session. People sit in comfortable reclining chairs and wear their regular street clothes, rather than change into a gown and lie on a massage table. Proponents of community acupuncture believe that receiving acupuncture in a group augments the healing of all those in the group.

What conditions can be treated in a community acupuncture setting?
The same conditions that we treat in a private, 1-1 setting using acupuncture can be treated in a group setting. This underscores the flexibility of the system of medicine. The NIH recognizes numerous conditions that can be benefited by acupuncture, including many pain conditions. If you have questions or want more information, please call our clinic at 503-467-4127 or ask on our Facebook page.

Learn about the history of community acupuncture
Community acupuncture grew out of the experience of acupuncture for drug and alcohol detoxification and recovery. This movement started in the South Bronx and Harlem, in New York City, in the 1970s, and gradually spread to many regions in the U.S., Western Europe and Russia. From the drug-and-alcohol recovery setting, these acupuncture programs grew to encompass programs in drug-courts, mental health facilities, prisons and restitution centers, and free-standing public health acupuncture clinics.

Such facilities were typically funded by a combination of public funds and grants to non-profits.However, by the late ‘90s, funding for these services (as well as for other medical services such as Medicaid) severely contracted in Oregon (as it did in the rest of the country), with the result that many of these programs had to close, and those that remained could afford to treat many fewer people and many fewer conditions.

In response to this situation, some acupuncturists in Portland have adapted their public health experience to a private, fee-for-service model. Montavilla Community Acupuncture is one such adaptation.In our group room, we can treat up to six people at a time (as opposed to the 20-50 in public health settings). In this way, we hope acupuncture can be made more and more available to average people with average incomes, instead of just to those who are in the higher brackets or who are fortunate enough to have insurance coverage for this treatment modality.

Cost: $20/session. No fee for new patient paperwork. No sliding scale.

FAQ: No appointment necessary. Arrive any time during the block of hours set aside for community acupuncture – just be sure to give yourself at least 45 minutes before the session ends (1 hour if it’s your first visit). For example, if you come during Julie’s Tuesday 4 – 7 pm session, arrive any time between 4 pm and 6:15 pm. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Be sure to have eaten something within a few hours before receiving acupuncture. We don’t accept debit or credit cards. Cash or check, please. We can treat back pain (etc.) without access to your back. In the community setting we treat the same kinds of issues as we do in private, 1-1 appointments.

More questions? Call us or go to our Services page for more information on our hours and rates for community acupuncture.

Testimonial from a community acupuncture patient:

I have enjoyed acupuncture treatments since the fall of 2006 when Mia gave a talk explaining the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine’s approach to health.
I had an ongoing health challenge with no resolution for years.  Mia researched and found a lab test that revealed the source.  Chinese medicine did the rest.
I rely on Mia to help me with any health challenge.   At over 70 years of age, I enjoy excellent health,  am able to work in my yard, take extended ‘walking’ vacations and enjoy my young grandchildren.