10 Things I Love About Being a Community Acupuncturist

This past weekend I took a whole weekend off for the first time since opening my clinic, went to the woods for some camping and had some time to think about how good it is to be a community acupuncturist. Here are (just) 10 things I love about it:

10) Feeling good about what I do each day - being able to help people and having no guilt whatsoever about what they are going to have to pay for it because I offer a sliding scale

9) Being able to suggest to patients who need it that they come frequently and having no problem telling them this - I allow people to come as often as they need to in order to get better.

8) Being able to offer acupuncture to people who otherwise would never try it or receive it regularly simply due to the cost.

7) Treating a bunch of people at the same time - not only is it efficient and effective, it's FUN - much more so than one-on-one, in my opinion

6) Being effective AND creative in making point prescriptions. It is neat to have so many options for point selections and combinations even when using just distal points. I love how this is just as much an art as it is a medicine.

5) Treating a wide variety of health conditions; it is interesting for me and I like being able to help so many different people.

4) Instant "miracle" treatments - such as when someone comes with shoulder pain, a headache or menstrual cramps and once the needles are in their pain is gone or greatly reduced - and they are able to leave feeling so much better - it's so amazing

3) Patients who talk their friends into coming for treatments - I always get such a satisfaction from that.

2) The support, information, education and advice I receive from my fellow CAN'ers - this has been an incredible gift.

1) Patients getting better! And as sad as it can be to see them less often or "graduate," it is wonderful to know I have helped them feel better smile

This story was posted on August 11 2008 by Justine.
Tags: gratitude

Comments

  • August 11 2008 at 12:25 PM
    Linda inDetroit writes:

    Hey, did you read my journal?

    I’m kidding of course, it’s just so amazing to me that I feel exactly the same way as someone I have never met who runs a clinic across the country from me.  These feelings are universal among Canners.  It feels so simple and obvious, I can’t believe I allowed myself to practice the way I was told to in school even though it felt so wrong.  

    I am getting a lot of the normal questions about how long does it take to get better and what sort of follow up is required.  I don’t have the answers because when I was charging $60 a treatment in an area that wasn’t wealthy my treatment plans were ruled by what my patients could afford.  Sometimes people would have a relapse and have to save up for more treatment or just give up on acupuncture altogether because even the occasional follow up was such a large expense for them.

     It is such a joy to know that I am part of their health care team for the long run.  I had a patient with a minor issue who got better in a couple treatments, she came back last week when something else came up, and she brought her husband who was having an issue.  It was a no brainer for them to call me even though money is tight for them.  The well off people are taken care of by other acupuncturists and that’s wonderful, money is not protection against most illness, but we need community acupuncture because the rest of us deserve health care too.  Gucci is great (I guess, it’s not my thing though), but we need Old Navy so the rest of us can look fashionable even we can’t or won’t pay $350 for a skirt.

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