Community Acupuncture is the practice of providing acupuncture in a group setting, at a low cost, while seeking to lower all other barriers to treatment. Privacy is maintained by placing needles on the arms, legs and head and keeping clothes on during the treatment.
Community Acupuncture brings people together to heal, breaks down hierarchies, and let patients define their health goals. It's about being a resource in the community as well as a comforting "third space".
Community Acupuncture is also a movement of patients and providers working together to increase access to community acupuncture by way of resource and skill sharing. Community Acupuncture is a form of health care reform - making healthcare widely available in practical and beautiful ways.
Community Acupuncture has a rich history full of brave, stubborn, deeply dedicated activist-practitioners like Miriam Lee and the Black Panthers and Young Lords at Lincoln Detox in New York who were steadfast in their determination to create healing for themselves and their communities. To read more about the history of acupuncture and its radical roots in the US, look here.
NADA and POCA are two fantastic organizations that promote the expansion of access to affordable acupuncture. Olympia Community Acupuncture is a proud member of both POCA and NADA.
NADA is the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. NADA trains acu-detox specialists in a simple, powerful acupuncture protocol so that more people can get acupuncture and so that trusted members of their community can be the ones giving it such as peers, mentors, teachers, social workers, etc.
POCA is The People's Organization of Community Acupuncture. POCA offers workshops, conferences, mentorship, robust forums, a wiki, microloans, and even runs its very own school entirely dedicated to the practice of Community Acupuncture.
Community Acupuncture would not be where it is today without the hard work and dedication of many POCA members. Olympia Community Acupuncture is a proud member of POCA and sustainer of POCA Technical Institute. If you want to know more about community acupuncture or how you can help make community acupuncture available to more people, we encourage you to join POCA to work with a network of punks and patients across North America working to expand access to acupuncture to everyone.