What is “Community Acupuncture” and How is it Different from Private Room Acupuncture?
At Waleli Wellness, your comfort and care is important to us no matter what room you book, who you see or what style or form of healing or preventative medicine you choose. We currently offer this style of acupuncture on Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (starting Thursday, March 21, 2019). Appointments are 20-30 minutes and are first come, first serve with appointments made online or called in - walk ins accepted only if chairs are not already full for the day.
In China, it is common to see patients in a room together receiving acupuncture. The sense of community itself can be bonding and healing. In Community Acupuncture clinics, people are treated in the same room. There is no disrobing and loose, comfortable clothes are worn that can be pushed above the knees and elbows. Families and friends can come together and it is also a great way to take a lunch break with friends or colleagues.
Some patients prefer their own room for treatments (and in many cases, a private room is needed for treatments where points are needed in areas above the knees or the elbows or on the back where disrobing is necessary). A private room also allows the doctor or practitioner to focus solely on one patient at a time while offering other modalities (i.e. moxa, cupping, gua sha, tui na, facial rejuvination, herbal, diet, lifestyle and exercise advice etc.). Please click here to see the prices and packages offered for private room acupuncture and full TCM care if that option interests you.
So why Community Acupuncture?
We use mostly distal points on the arms and legs to treat most everything. A distal point is a point on the body that can affect an area on the other end. As an example, we can needle specific points on your foot that can relieve headaches. There are points on your legs that can help with back pain. We don’t have to stick needles where the problem is to get results. Really!
Our affordable fees mean that most people can actually get enough treatments to get better and stay better. Community Acupuncture is a great option for those who want more treatments in the month who are already private room patients, who just want a boost. It is also a great option for those who have never tried acupuncture and want to know if it will work for them, before signing up to be a patient who receives all the benefits of private room acupuncture and complete TCM care (click here for a description of TCM and what it treats).
We are licensed acupuncturists and DACM’s (Doctors of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine), and only use sterile, disposable needles.
Our Mission with Community Acupuncture
Our mission is to offer an option of care that is affordable and effective for the community and current patients of Waleli Wellness. We strive to empower our patients, workers, and volunteers with a healthcare model that requires responsibility, participation, and community building.
What we Treat
Chronic & acute pain– Also known as the number one reason to see an acupuncturist. Conditions such as joint and muscle pain, nerve pain, bone pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, as well as headaches and other discomforts. Most conditions with a “pain” component to them will respond well to acupuncture.
Gynecological and Urological issues – including benign prostatic hypertrophy, endometriosis, PCOS, menstrual difficulties, and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.
Fertility- including general fertility support as well as situations involving all assisted reproductive technologies.
Fatigue, including chronic fatigue syndrome, or just a general feeling of being tired or run down. Stress induced fatigue or anxiety are also common reasons to get treated with acupuncture. Addressing the stress component within the body has been shown to have a positive effect on upwards of 80% of all conditions.
Most conditions that respond to drug treatment respond even better to acupuncture and Chinese herbs, without the side effects.
Most chronic or seasonal conditions such as allergies, asthma, and lung or sinus related conditions will respond extremely well to acupuncture and can be an excellent way to keep yourself feeling good.
Various autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are well controlled with a course of regular acupuncture “maintenance” treatments. Inflammation can be a major component of these conditions, and acupuncture addresses this quite well.
Conditions that don’t respond to conventional treatments are some of the best candidates for acupuncture. We see good success with “mysterious” symptoms that are hard to pin down to one specific cause.
Health problems with a mental or emotional component respond extremely well to acupuncture. Physical disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and migraines will often flare up during times of stress. Depression and anxiety are also both great candidates for acupuncture. We also treat many people for support with overcoming addictions as well.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU before your appointment:
We do not offer primary care or diagnose medical conditions in community acupuncture clinic, though we often provide complimentary care for conditions that require a physician’s attention.
For further treatments, diagnosis and prognosis, you can make a private appointment with Dr. Ro Garriott (DACM) to evaluate your condition, review current medications, allergies, supplements, diet and current care plan if you are under the care of a primary care physician, MD, DO, or ND. Dr. Ro can also refer you to a specialist, if needed, if your condition(s) need further evaluation, blood work or lab tests.
Dr. Ro is trained in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and integrative medicine and can treat you with acupuncture, herbs and the other modalities under TCM (click here for more information on TCM).
Be sure all of your paperwork is finished BEFORE you arrive (this can be found online and will be sent to you via e-mail after you make your appointment). This saves time and money by having an online system and makes it so we can offer better services while respecting your time.
Be sure to eat a little something before your appointment and wear loose clothing that can be pushed up above your knees and elbows.
If you have already made an appointment for Community Acupuncture and you have to miss that appointment, please call or leave us a message 24 hours before your appointment if you need to cancel or we will ask you to pay a $15 missed appointment fee.
Community Mindedness and Info. for Your Treatment
When you arrive for your appointment:
please turn off (or silence) your cell phone.
get yourself ready by choosing a zero gravity chair covered by a clean sheet, removing shoes and socks, pushing up your sleeves and pants and settle in before the acupuncturist arrives.
Please feel free to bring ear plugs, ear buds/phones, sleep mask for the eyes or a comfy blanket.
We ask that you keep your voice volume low if/when speaking, to keep the peaceful, serene ambiance
Strong scents, perfumes, aftershave, body care/hair products, and detergents can trigger allergic reactions and headaches for other. Please try to minimize the use of these before you come to the clinic.
Wear shoes when you walk around the clinic.
Commitment to the process of healing
Acupuncture is a process. Every now and then, acupuncture will act like a “miracle cure”, and a person will have all of their symptoms disappear after only one treatment.
Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms; it is gentle and safe and usually gradual. Because many treatments are usually needed for optimal health, community acupuncture allows the option for more treatments at a lower price.
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We are able to keep our prices low in part because of the extraordinary amount of marketing that our patients do on our behalf and those who are Preventative Care Members who pay a monthly member fee for services for discounted rates. We are grateful for this.
We are a community based business and do not receive any grants or funding from sources other than our patients. We need your help to get the word out about the benefits of acupuncture, and that it is affordable. Feel free to visit our Facebook page , Yelp or Google to leave a review and by all means, take a card when you visit and pass it on! We appreciate you!