What is different about the Peninsula Naturopathic Community Acupuncture clinic?
1. We treat in a community setting
Most Canadian acupuncturists treat patients on tables in individual cubicles. This is not traditional in Asia, where acupuncture usually occurs in a community setting. In our clinic, we primarily use recliners, clustered in groups in a large, quiet, soothing space. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits: it’s easy for friends and family members to come in for treatments together; and many patients find it comforting. In some styles of acupuncture, the needles are removed after only a few minutes or after a half hour at most. The style of acupuncture we practice at PNCA allows patients to keep their needles in up to 45 minutes. Many people fall asleep, and wake feeling refreshed.
2. We have a sliding scale
The way that we can make acupuncture affordable is to streamline our treatments and see multiple patients in an hour; so we have returned to the traditional approach. This is exactly how acupuncture is practiced traditionally in Asia – many patients per hours and very little talking.
A sliding scale means that we have set a minimum and a maximum appointment fee but you, the patient, decide how much you would like to pay. We will never discuss your finances or question your choice. Our goal is to make acupuncture affordable and accessible for as many people as possible.
Due to time restrictions we are unable to offer direct billing for extended medical insurance. If you have insurance that covers acupuncture or naturopathic medicine, we’ll be happy to give you a payment receipt, and you can submit it for reimbursement.
Initial visit: $30-$60
Returning visit(s): $20-$50
Our Commitment to You
We want to make it possible for you to receive acupuncture regularly enough and long enough to get better and stay better. We want our community to be welcoming to all different kinds of people. We want to give you the tools to take care of your own health. We will provide a safe environment with skilled practitioners.
- Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first appointment to fill out paperwork and new patient orientation
- Your first visit will include a brief consultation with your practitioner to discuss your health concerns and a brief medical history
- Wear comfortable clothing that can easily expose your arms and legs
- Don’t forget to eat prior to your treatments
- Feel free to bring your own ear plugs, headphones, pillow, or blanket (whatever will make you feel comfortable without distracting those around you)
- Appointment length is 45 minutes (however, we are happy to take the needles out sooner if you feel “done”)
- Why community acupuncture?
- Affordability! By treating multiple patients at once we are able to reduce the overall cost for each patient. In order to make this service accessible to as many people as we can we are offering a sliding scale. We don’t decide on what you can afford to pay, you make the decision yourself. We have a payment range and you are welcome to pay whatever you feel that you can afford within that. Again to reduce cost and labour we ask that you come prepared to pay with cash.
- Frequency! For some conditions it is important to have multiple acupuncture sessions in one week or to be able to have weekly sessions over a longer period of time. It is our hope that by making treatments more affordable people will be able to get more out of their acupuncture experience! In your first visit, your practitioner will discuss a treatment plan with you based on your individual needs.
- Community! Never underestimate the power of community. Not only is it a social experience for some, it can be a healing experience for others. Having people come together for a single goal is empowering and creates a positive energy that everyone can benefit from.
- Can I bring my own pillow and blanket?
- We do offer blankets free of charge but if you have favourite items from home please bring whatever you need to feel comfortable.
- Can I listen to music?
- We will have relaxing music playing for everyone to enjoy. However, if you have your own music or guided meditations that you would like to enjoy we encourage the use of iPods or other mp3 players with personal headphones to be conscious of those around you.
- Will I be comfortable being seated?
- Community acupuncture offered at Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic is performed in the IV suite. This means that you will spend 45 minutes lounging in a comfortable recliner. If you feel that you may require extra pillows for comfort please bring them from home.
- What should I wear?
- Please come prepared with comfortable loose fitting clothing. Community acupuncture is designed to work around your clothing however; we will need access to your arms and legs to provide the best level of care.
Sliding scale $30-$60
Sliding scale $20-$50
Walk-ins are welcome however, to guarantee your seat please book ahead. There are many easy ways to book…
- Book online!
- By phone: 250-655-1660
- In person: Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic