Vancouver Acupuncture is pleased to offer group acupuncture treatments through our Healing Circle Acupuncture Program with our new cupuncturist Alisha Wimberly.
What is group acupuncture?
Last year, I worked in a few different hospitals in Nanjing, China, and one thing was the same at every hospital: a community approach to medical care.
Patients would sometimes come from hours away for treatment and would crowd the busy waiting room. Once a patient was called in to see the doctor, they would enter a large treatment room, with other patients already in the midst of treatment. Everything happened in this room, from the patient interviews to the treatments. This sense of community was like nothing I had ever experienced in a Western medicine hospital.
The doctor would start with the first patient, ask a few questions, and put a few acupuncture needles into arms, legs, hands and/or feet. Then, he would move on to the next patient. After the patient had time to rest, the needles would be removed, and that spot became available for the next patient.
Community acupuncture, also known as group acupuncture, is a return to the traditional treatment approach used throughout Asia. Instead of being treated in a private room, treatments take place in a quiet and respectful communal space. With this arrangement, an acupuncturist is able to decrease the cost of an acupuncture treatment, because time and space are used more effectively.
Vancouver Acupuncture is excited to offer patients this sort of traditional treatment approach, through our Healing Circle Acupuncture Program.
The cost for treatment in this quiet and communal space is $50 for the initial treatment, and $30 for follow-up treatments.
Alisha Wimberly, LAc, NTP
Alisha is an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner, licensed in both Washington and Oregon states, and nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is a graduate from top ranked Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM).
Alisha has also studied in hospitals in China, under world-renowned doctors, where she had rotations in gynecology, pain management, and pediatrics. She is also trained in Dr.Tan’s famous balance method.
Alisha treats patients with a variety of conditions, not only pain. She enjoys treating patients, of all ages, with digestive disorders, seasonal allergies, women’s health from teenage years through menopause, autoimmune conditions, insomnia, depression, anxiety, headaches, and fatigue.
If you are interested in learning more about our Healing Circle Acupuncture Program, or scheduling a Free 15 Minute Consult with Alisha, give us a call at 360.892.6889.