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PHS Community Acupuncture

June 14 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT

PHS is offering the first People’s Health Community Acupuncture as part of our Healing Days.  Community acupuncture is a grassroots model to increase access to acupuncture. It is done in a group setting (about 5 people at a time) in comfortable recliners and uses points mainly in your hands and feet. 

The last appointment of the day is at 3:10p. Walk-ins are welcome, if there is space. Please wear comfy clothes and drink plenty of water!  Acupuncture will be performed by Xavier, a NYS certified physician-acupuncturist. He was trained in a Japanese style formulated by Kiko Matsumoto through the Acumed program.

A hand with acupuncture needles

What is acupuncture?

John Hopkins Medicine writes, acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner’s hands or with electrical stimulation. 

Acupuncture is part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced “chee”) through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of Qi, thereby improving health. Read more

More about community acupuncture

Community acupuncture is a grassroots model designed to increase access to acupuncture. It is done in a group setting, mainly using points mainly in your hands, feet, and ears.  In the US, specifically at the Lincoln Hospital Detox Program in the Bronx, the practice was brought over in the 70’s from China by Black Panther and Young Lord activists.  It has been refined and spread through the work of the Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA).

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