Look, it’s ACMAC! CAN’s sister across the pond!


ACMAC is the organization formerly known as “Affordable Acupuncture UK”. And wow, they have grown! Check out their Locate A Clinic page!( For your transatlantic referral needs!) This is really, really, exciting. It was not very long ago that Charlotte Stone of the Dragon Acupuncture Project came to visit us, because she just happened to be in Portland (!!), and said, “I think we're doing the same thing.”  Congratulations, Charlotte and ACMAC, your new website looks beautiful.

Author: lisafer

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  1. Timely!

    Just yesterday I found out one of our patients is moving back to London.  I recalled the multi-bed movement in the UK and wanted to do some research for referrals.  Lo and behold, the work is done for me.

    Hmmm… Community treatments growing in the U.S., Canada, Israel, U.K., and already the standard in much of Asia. 

    Looks like BA is just a small blip on the radar.  Sort of a historical anomaly that the acu-anthropologists of the future will study with befuddlement.




    Circle Community Acupuncture

    San Francisco


  2. if anybody had told me

    back in May of 06, when Michael & Lupine & I were drawing up plans for CAN on a napkin in a bar, that just about 3 years later I would be using the words “transatlantic referral”  in a non-joking context, I would not have believed it. This is the stuff I need to remember when I get impatient.

     “You know how people always say there’s a reasonable explanation for things like this? Well, there isn’t.” Daniel Pinkwater, The Neddiad

  3. Maybe we should have a global map, instead of US, on the wall…

    We received a new patient earlier this year thru the Affordable Acupuncture UK site.  (The patient’s friend in the UK wanted to purchase acu-gift certificates for her, and somehow found us through AAUK.)  We’ve also been able to send some of our patients to the UK site when they’ve been traveling.  The best part is the look of relief on patients’ faces when they realize that they don’t have to backslide in their treatments, just b/c they’re traveling.  They’re all so awed at how huge this movement is.

    Howard Schultz would be so impressed with your global take-over, Lisa…

  4. No Kidding:

    One of my patients just walked in, looked at the map and sighed.  I asked what was up, and she said, “Oh, I thought that was a global map.  But it’s just US.  I have friends overseas who would love this.”