Barefoot Doctor - Community Acupuncture Clinic

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What is Community Acupuncture?

The Barefoot Doctor Community Acupuncture Clinic in Fishtown is one of several community-style clinics opening across the country. The aim of this type of practice is to make acupuncture and natural health care available to the majority of the population rather than the minority who can afford the out of pocket expense of the”spa” type treatment setting. We believe that acupuncture doesn’t have to be expensive to work. It doesn’t have to be done in a room by oneself to work. In fact, acupuncture works best when people are able to commit to a course of several treatments which are commonly recommended once a week for a few weeks. Because of the lower fees and sliding scale that community acupuncturists are able to charge their clients are more able to make this commitment to their healing. In our clinic we use recliners, clustered in groups in a large, quiet, soothing space. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits: it’s easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together; many patients find it comforting; and a collective energy becomes established which actually makes individual treatments more powerful. In the private style of acupuncture, the needles are often removed after only a few minutes or after a half hour at most. The community style of acupuncture allows patients to keep their needles in as long as they want. Most people learn after a few treatments when they feel “done”; this can take from twenty minutes to a couple of hours! Many people fall asleep, and wake feeling refreshed. This way of practicing takes the emphasis of healing off of the practitioner and places it on the body’s ability to heal itself once needles are placed and a person is allowed to relax in stillness and quiet.


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618 E. Girard Ave
philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: 215-235-3003


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