New Moon Family Acupuncture is part of the rising river of low-cost community clinics that offer high-quality health care at affordable rates. Its mission is to help you heal at minimal cost, in great comfort, and free of insurance benefit limitations.
Why We Treat in a Community Setting
Most US acupuncturists treat patients on tables in individual cubicles. This is not traditional in Asia, where acupuncture usually occurs in a community setting. In our clinic we use recliners and tables in a large, quiet, soothing space. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits: it’s easy for friends and family members to receive treatment together and many find it comforting as the collective energetic field (group chi) nurtures the entire group. In some styles of acupuncture, the needles are removed after only a few minutes or after a half hour at most. The style of acupuncture practiced at the New Moon Family Acupuncture allows you to receive treatment for as long as you want. Most people learn to sense when the treatment is “done”. This can vary from 20 minutes to an hour or more. Many people fall asleep, and wake feeling refreshed.
We Have a Sliding Scale
Most US acupuncturists see one or two patients per hour and charge $65 to $175 per treatment. They tend to spend a long time talking with each patient, going over medical records, asking many questions. In the community setting, we don’t. In order to make acupuncture affordable for you and still make a living, we streamline our treatments and see multiple patients per hour. Instead of asking lots of questions, we rely on our diagnostic skills to treat you. This is exactly how acupuncture is traditionally practiced in Asia — many patients per hour and very little talking.
The goal of New Moon Family Acupuncture’s Community Clinic is high quality acupuncture in a community atmosphere at affordable rates ($20 minimum, $40 maximum and one time first office fee of $10). We practice a blend of acupuncture styles, mostly relying upon “distal” points in the hands, feet and head to treat problems anywhere in the body. Research in the United States (as well as thousands of years of tradition in Asia) has shown that acupuncture is most effective when it is done frequently and regularly – once a week is usually the minimum required to make progress on any kind of health issue.
The purpose of our sliding scale is to separate the issues of money and treatment; we want you to come in often enough to really get better and stay better! Because we have a sliding scale for the community clinic, we cannot bill insurance for the clinic (that’s the insurance companies’ rule). If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we’ll be happy to provide a payment receipt, and you may then submit it. New Moon Family Acupuncture does not receive grants, state or federal money, or insurance reimbursement for the community clinic. The New Moon Family Acupuncture Community Clinic exists because patients pay for their treatments – it is a sustainable community business model.
If the sliding scale is still too much for an already pinched budget: There are a few partial scholarships available from the proceeds of our acupuncture earring sales.
Starting in February 2013, our community clinic will be changing the days and times of service. We will continue to offer the Sunday mid-day appointments on the first and third Sundays of the month. We are adding a Monday morning clinic from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., and are moving the Wednesday clinic to Thursday evening from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. We have made this change to better serve our patients’ needs. The community clinic follow-up appointment lasts 45 minutes to an hour. After a brief check-in, patients will receive acupuncture in a comfortable community setting. Follow-up community clinic visits are offered for a sliding scale of $20-$40.