Community Acupuncture from a non-CAN perspective

Hey kids!  Did I ever tell you about the time that an introvert moved to a new town where she didn’t know anyone and tried to start a high-volume-dependent business in the dead of winter? 

Well, I’ll have to tell you that one next month because this is a crazy week, and I’m already behind schedule here.  So, here’s an article someone posted on the defunct Bay Area CA site, a long time ago, and I finally found it again recently.  It’s written by a non-CANer, but I think it speaks really well to some of the things we talk about a lot.  What do you all think?

Author: noraneedles

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  1. healthy healthcare

    hi nora,

    thank you for posting this. it’s so cool. i’ve been having conversations all this week with patients and friends who comment on how “unclinical” our clinic is, and how much they are liking the whole CA model for many more reasons than just acupuncture. it feels like people drop in and visit with us, get some needles, take a relaxing snooze, feel refreshed.  there is a feeling of light. there is laughter, and dare i say, fun?! and for our patients that are dealing with very serious issues, their comments have been exactly as the article states: “this is where i come for relief from the heaviness.” “i get to be a person again.” i hope more and more people can experience their healthcare like this–just another way we are all in this life together.

    your clinic looks gorgeous (red walls, funky apron, some of the fiestiest comments on CAN–not getting the whole introvert thing so much…;) and i bet your photo will attract exactly the right patients for you. lots and lots of ’em! enjoy the spring growing season!




    Good health is not a measure of adapting to a sick society.

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  2. A sense of community is slowly building in this clinic.

    People of all nationalities and social strata come and quietly get their treatments.  It is only later that someone will casually ask: What happened to that so-and-so person I used to see here?  I don’t see her anymore.  Or someone will bring in something they found at a senior fair and say: Could you give this to X?  I thought he might need this.  And they never exchanged words with these people, just observed and listened, and somehow got involved. I would guess this is going on in all our clinics.

  3. Introvert? You?!

     Oh Nora, you never struck me as being introverted- I think you are probably a fabulous intro/extro mix like many of us.

     In any case, you are also brave and bold to start a new clinic in the dead of winter in a recession in a new town and I have the feeling you’ll just be getting busier and busier because you have great energy and great ideas and great ambition, and with that you can’t go wrong 🙂

     Nice article you found, too.

    Justine Deutsch, Lic. Ac., Acupuncture Together

  4. I wrote to the author…

    …seeing as though we live an hour from one another.

    Avi Magadoff (LAc) in Portsmouth, NH I believe…

    Perhaps we’ll be in touch soon.

    Thanks for the link Oh, Aproned One.

  5. Nora, I am picturing you

    Nora, I am picturing you seeing as many patients as you want to right now, and feeling very certain that is happening, or will, very soon.

    All true religions seek to gain access to that level of consciousness which is not ego-bound.&a

  6. This is a general note, esp. for newbies

    Not necessarily for Nora’s current situation.  

    Sometimes I find “as many patients as I want” is quite different from “as many patients as I think I should” be seeing.  

  7. Not sure if this relates to what you are getting at, Linda…

    …but I’ve been mulling over some of those differences lately myself (for the second time around); and, re-reading some old Forum threads has been really helpful, especially this one:

    and this one:

    This is one of the benefits of having hung around for awhile – getting new stuff out of old posts.

  8. New Acronym:

    Nora Madden, I.S.S., Introvert & Shit-Starter.  If we’re thinking about the infinitely expansive nature of reality, why not unify some apparent contradictions while we’re at it?  Since we seem to be in the business of redefining everything about acupuncture, let’s take that one on too. I have a long post in my head about this, will link to it when I spit it out.