We treat in a community setting
Community Acupuncture is a style of care based on the way acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years: in a group setting. Patients lie back in comfortable recliners, fully clothed, in a quiet soothing room. There are a number of advantages to the group setting. It makes it easy for friends and family to come in together, it allows us to keep our rates low, you can relax for as long as you like, and there is a wonderful collective energy in the room. If you’ve ever been to a great concert, a meditation retreat, or a Seahawks game, you’ve already experienced the power inherent in a group of people directing their collective will to the same goal. In our case the goal is to be happy and healthy.
We charge on a sliding scale
At Fremont Community Acupuncture, all treatments are $15 - $40, plus a one-time fee of $10 paperwork fee for new patients. Our goal is to separate the issues of money and treatment. What you pay is 100% up to you, based on what you feel like you can afford in order to come in as often as needed or wanted.
We recommend regular, frequent treatments
Acupuncture works best when done frequently, especially in the beginning stages. In China it’s common for people to get acupuncture every day until their condition resolves. We don’t often recommend anything as frequent as daily treatments, but it’s rare for any practitioner to be able to completely resolve a problem in one session. At your first visit, we’ll recommend a treatment plan which could be anything from “once a week for six weeks” to “we’d really like to see you once a day for the next three days,” depending on your specific situation. Unfortunately, in the US where most acupuncturists see one patient at a time and charge $60-$100 per hour, only a wealthy few can afford to follow their practitioner’s recommendations. We in the community acupuncture movement are working to change this and make good health affordable and realistic for everyone.
We are a social business
At Fremont Community Acupuncture we want to make a living, not a killing. We strive to contribute to the community by providing affordable healthcare to everyone who needs or wants it, while also providing living wage jobs for the acupuncturists and staff who work here. While we are legally a for-profit business, our goal is not to make a profit, but to maintain a self-sustaining entity for the accomplishment of a social goal (ie affordable healthcare) for the benefit of our patients, employees, and community without relying on grants or government funding. Here’s more from the website of Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, who created the concept of social business:
A social business is a non-dividend company created to solve a social problem. Like an NGO, it has a social mission, but like a business, it generates its own revenues to cover its costs. While investors may recoup their investment, all further profits are reinvested into the same or other social businesses. A social business is a cause-driven business. It must be financially sustainable and mission-oriented. The company must achieve its social objective and at the same time cover all costs through a revenue model. The success of the business is not measured by the amount of profit made in a given period, but the impact of the business on people or the environment. Investments in social businesses purely support the accomplishment of a social objective, and an investor should desire no financial gain. In fact, in a social business, investors/owners can gradually recoup the money invested, but cannot take any dividend beyond that point. Examples of social objectives are: healthcare for the poor, housing for the poor, financial services for the poor, nutrition for malnourished children, safe drinking water, renewable energy, etc… In short, Social businesses are non-loss, non-dividend companies created to solve social or environmental problems.
The Community Acupuncture Movement
We are a proud member of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture, a cooperative network of acupuncturists, patients, and clinics dedicated to providing affordable acupuncture for everyone. If you’re traveling or have distant friends and family who could benefit from affordable acupuncture, click here to find a listing of community acupuncture clinics across the country.