WCA Modifies Operations in Response to New Clean Needle Technique Guidelines

In response to the newly released Clean Needle Technique guidelines (http://www.nationalacupuncturefoundation.org/pages4-1-08/publications.html), which replace the earlier rule that acupuncturists may not touch the shaft of the needle during insertion with the new stipulation that acupuncturists may not touch the needle AT ALL  at any time during a treatment, WCA has decided to modify its clinic operations. The new Clean Needle Technique guidelines are similar to the previous ones in that they are not precisely clear how acupuncturists can implement them in an actual clinical setting, with actual human patients, so WCA has resolved to obey the letter of the law and embrace these regulations as an opportunity to create a fully automated clinic.

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posted on April 1 2008 by Lisafer

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New clinic, free treatments

It occurred to me that the last month or so of preparation for opening my clinic has been filled with a lot of really mundane details. It feels great to get all that preparatory stuff out of the way—accumulating the furniture, setting up the reception area, getting the logo designed, making new intake forms, consent forms, and all the rest. I feel like a benchmark has been reached, and I feel like celebrating, but I think an open house is premature. For one thing, I only have one patient so far! CommunityHealthAcupunctureCenter in Royal Oak, MI, is finally ready for patients, but are the patients ready for CHAC?

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posted on March 31 2008 by Darlene

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have business plan, win money!

Last week I got an email from the organization that gave me and Korben a loan when we were starting out 7 months ago.  The subject line announced a women-owned business award of $2000.  I almost ignored it completely but it was nagging at me.  I read it.  All you needed to compete, it said, was a completed business plan and a compelling reason that your business could use the money.  I called and it turned out that last year, only one person had applied for it.  I had hope.  

To make a not-so-long story even shorter, I am blogging to say that I filled out the application, sent in the business plan and required legal pieces of paper, and a few days later received a phone call saying that I had won the $2K.  That night they came to interview and photograph me.  Next week I am going to pick up the check.

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posted on March 30 2008 by ellengrover

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Just thinking about how lucky we are…

I’ve been working lately with a very talented rolfer/cranio-sacral therapist who has taken her work to the level of art.She disappears into her work when the client is on the table, and loses all track of time when working.She is gentle, yet persistent, and rejoices and celebrates whenever her fingers feel an engagement during the movement.I find her work quite amazing, and yet here she is, after 20 years of honing her craft and studying with the giants in her profession, still struggling to pay basic bills and sharing a room with other practitioners.

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posted on March 26 2008 by lumiel

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HSPs

About a year ago, I came across a book by clinical psychologist Elaine Aron, Ph.D., "The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You", 1996.  Aron writes HSPs (highly sensitive persons) are found in approximately 15-20% of any population (including animals). HSPs have more finely tuned central nervous systems which makes them more susceptible to environmental stimuli.

The stimuli can be noise, fragrance, certain foods, beauty, pain, etc.  HSPs process this sensory stimuli more deeply than the other 80% of people.

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posted on March 25 2008 by david villanueva

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Anger, Reality, and Planet CAN

 The discussion around Ann’s post below, “To the Acupuncture Community”,  got me thinking about a discussion I’ve been wanting to have with you all for a while now.
 

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posted on March 25 2008 by Lisafer

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To the Acupuncture Community

At the heart of the CAN movement is anger at the failure of medicine to serve community.

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posted on March 23 2008 by annmongeau

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New Clinic is open in the SF Bay Area!

I am posting below a guest blog from my sweetie, Paul, describing our new clinic.
I will just preface it with a couple of comments:
We are in Albany, CA, just north of Berkeley.
We had a lovely "soft opening" last Wednesday. We treated 20 people in the first two days of business.
We are currently open 3 days a week and have 30 appointments booked for the upcoming week!
Later this week we are having a space-clearing and blessing ceremony and we plan to have an opening reception sometime in the next month or two. 
Our website is here: http://www.saranacommunityacupuncture.com
Photos are here: http://picasaweb.google.com/sarana.acu/SaranaCommunityAcupuncture
-tatyana 
Paul's blog: 

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posted on March 23 2008 by tatyana

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On Toy Trains, Drugs and Global Justice

On good days at work, which really are most days, I feel like my grandson Zach’s favorite storybook train, Thomas.Thomas is happiest when he feels really useful, and being a Community Acti-punctur-ist * definitely gives me that feeling.I feel way more useful than I did for 10 years of conventional practice.Beyond that, I feel useful to folks who, due to class status, income or age, have fewer options.

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posted on March 22 2008 by Diana

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Merging with community

Usually when I need acupuncture I treat myself. So much for relaxation….Typically I’ll lie on the floor as I needle the usual suspects. This past week, out of the blue, a wind invasion hit me like a ton of bricks. I still hadn’t even considered coming to our clinic until I remembered that my business partner had come in the day before. Hmmm….What a great idea!

What better nurturing experience then having somebody ask what’s about you and treat you with acupuncture? It’s so easy to forget how great acupuncture can be when you give it yet don’t receive it. Doing it to oneself just doesn’t cut it. After the placement of Yin Tang I felt as if a collidascope of worlds were swirling inwards as I slowly lost consciousness. It was a great experience. I can see why these people come back every week!

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posted on March 17 2008 by Joseph

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