What is Community Supported Acupuncture?

community acupunctureIn pre-Maoist China , acupuncture was community medicine, meaning it was available to the common person. There were no such concepts as “$5000 deductible”, “visit limits”, “waiting periods”, and other fine print exclusionary language which is increasingly commonplace for many Americans. As more and more Americans find themselves lacking options for health care, the health standard of our nation continues to decline across a broad measurement of international standards. Many people believe that the current managed care system is unsustainable and will likely collapse within 5 to 10 years.

At a clinic in Portland , Oregon , Working Class Acupuncture (WCA), founders Lisa Rohleder, Skip Van Meter, and Lupine Hudson have developed a sustainable acupuncture practice model which addresses the inequities of the current health care system. This has proven to be enormously successful from a community health perspective, with hundreds of people every week receiving high quality care.

The WCA founders have organized the principles guiding their mission into a national movement by launching the Community Acupuncture Network (CAN), a non profit organization which seeks to promote the CA principles within the acupuncture profession.

With health care systems in America crumbling, we would do well to heed the advice of Bill McKibben, the noted deep ecologist: “The technology we need most is the technology of community — the knowledge about how to cooperate to get things done..”

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The "S" Bridge over the Schuylkill River at Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA, built in 1884.