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Like many students of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), alumni Paul Wang and Faye Luong studied acupuncture so that they could help people using natural, side-effect-free health care. Because these treatment programs often involve regular and frequent treatment sessions, they embraced the traditional group-based acupuncture models of Asia to keep costs within reach of more members of the community at their San Jose acupuncture clinic, Living Room Acupuncture.
The community acupuncture clinic, located at 1630 Oakland Road A110 in San Jose, offers a sliding scale of $20 to 40 for regular clients who have need of treatments averaging 45 minutes. Patients are allowed to stay at the clinic with the needles in as long as they wish to feel the full benefits of the treatment at no additional charge.
“Some patients have a lot of underlying fatigue or deficiency, and they need to stay longer to recharge their battery,” said Wang.
After an initial consultation, Wang and Luong evaluate patients and develop an acupuncture plan that can be performed in a group setting. The treatments typically focus on distal acupuncture points, which are mainly located on the hands, forearms, feet and lower legs—as well as some scalp and ear points.
“I actually enjoy the community part of it,” said Ho. “I always got the sense that if I need some more privacy, I could go into another room and have some more specific attention.”
The clinic offers English, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish speakers. For more information about the clinic, contact the Living Room Acupuncture clinic at (408) 260-2458. For more information about the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), call Alissa Cohan at (415) 355-1601 x 12.
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