new community acupuncture documentary

When I first considered creating an acupuncture video for Communichi, I spent an embarrassing amount of time thinking about what to say – you know, so that I could get the message out on community acupuncture. As usual, the proper course of action was simply to get out of the way, and let the message happen on its own, in this case, through the eloquent words of patients, acupunks at the clinic, and the skillful eye of the videographer.

I hope you enjoy these contributions to the community acupuncture video library:

CommuniChi English Version (4 minutes, 17 seconds).

Communichi Spanish Version (3 minutes)

And if you haven’t seen the Brian Lindstrom video – Community Acupuncture – The Calmest Revolution ever Staged, check it out here: Brian Lindstrom video.

Thanks for the inspiration Lisa, Skip, Korben, Ellen, and everyone in the POCA world….

Jordan Van Voast

 

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Author: river Jordan

After graduating from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in 1997, I had a hobby practice for a few years before moving to Northern India to study Buddhism. During this time, I volunteered in a local clinic, giving acupuncture to Tibetan refugees and Indian nationals. <p> Returning to the U.S. in 2002, I started a typical insurance based acupuncture practice catering to the upper middle class. In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, I volunteered with <a href="https://www.acuwithoutborders.org/" target="_blank">Acupuncturists Without Borders</a>, using community style acupuncture to treat trauma victims in a natural disaster setting. </p> Inspired by the power and efficacy of acupuncture in a post-disaster setting, I began to contemplate issues of socioeconomic class. What could be done to make acupuncture accessible to everyone and still provider a livable wage for an acupuncturist? After attending WCA's first conference in October of 2006, I had found the answer to that question. In January 2007, together with my partner Serena Sundaram, we founded <a href="https://www.communichi.org/" target="_blank">Communichi</a>, Seattle's first dedicated community acupuncture clinic. <p> As a Buddhist, I believe that healing begins in the mind. As the positive qualities of wisdom and compassion are cultivated in the mind of a practitioner, this...

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