We have started a little pilot project known as lunar community acupuncture over at Prairie Sky Integrative Health and today’s blog post serves as a way to introduce you to our new offering and to answer some common questions.
First, why lunar?
Currently these services are being offered on a bi-weekly basis following the moon cycles until September. At this time, we will revisit need, feasibility and efficacy to determine the future of our pilot program.
What is community acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is essentially group acupuncture treatments that can be done in a cost-effective, accessible and efficient manner. The intention of this offering is to introduce people who are new to acupuncture to the experience, the philosophy and the process.
Where is this service offered?
Community acupuncture is offered on the main level of Prairie Sky Integrative Health in our newly renovated IV suite. If you have yet to see pictures of the IV space, check out our previous blog post. For our acupuncture purposes, folks can rest on our recliners, with the lights lightly dimmed and some soft music playing in the background. You are also welcome to bring earplugs or headphones to play your own music if you would like.
How is this different from one-on-one acupuncture done in office?
There are many differences between the two services but the main difference is that, in your personal appointments, you have the sole attention of your Naturopathic Doctor. In a group acupuncture environment, the practitioner is typically overlooking multiple appointments with staggered start times to allow for a small assessment prior to acupuncture point selection. It is also important to note that community acupuncture is just that: Acupuncture. Dr. Brittany Wolfe will not be fielding questions pertaining to naturopathic medicine and all questions that are beyond the scope of the acupuncture appointment will be redirected to your naturopathic doctor.
When you see a naturopathic doctor in private practice, you are able to have discussions regarding how your Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis influences your overall health and vice versa. In essence, we are able to paint a more clear picture of your health history that weaves together the more conventional biomedical approach with the esoteric. Of course you also have the room all to yourself when seeing a practitioner one-on-one whereas you share the space in community acupuncture.
Who can benefit from community acupuncture?
Community lunar acupuncture would be best suited for the following:
- Irregular periods
- Painful periods
- Heavy bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Those undergoing fertility treatment (i.e. IUI, IVF)
- Throughout pregnancy (for sleep, pain, general support)
- Panic attacks
- Those with digestive concerns (i.e. bloating, gas, loose stools)
- Anyone looking to fill their cup!
All other details regarding COVID-19 procedures, specifics and to book an appointment can be accessed here.