Saturday Parking

If you are driving to the clinic on Saturday please keep in mind that parking may be a little more difficult than usual due to the Carnaval Festival which will be taking place along Harrison St from 24th St to 16t St.

More Monday Hours!

Let us help ease you into the week! In an effort to be as accessible to as many folks as possible we are adding more daytime hours to our schedule. Starting Monday May 22nd we will be open all day on Mondays, from 11am-8pm. Jenn will be taking the first part of the day from 11am-2:30pm and Claudia will be available her usual Monday afternoon/evening hours of 3pm-8pm. Appointments available to book now!  Help us kick off our new hours and your week right by filling up those Mondays.

We now offer cupping therapy!

New Practitioner and New Cupping Shift!
We are happy to introduce the newest member of our team Eric Rosenberg, L.Ac. Eric will be starting our first cupping therapy shift on Friday mornings from 10am to 12pm and his first day will be Friday May 26th. You may also see Eric in the clinic if we need a sub for one of our regular acupuncturists at some point. Cupping appointments are available to book now. Grab one soon as this is likely to be a popular shift.
About Eric:
Eric Rosenberg, L.Ac., CMT is a California state licensed Acupuncturist and certified massage therapist. He received his Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco with certificates in both Shiatsu and Tui Na therapy. Eric also has completed over 500 clinical hours of hospital training abroad, at Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhengzhou, China studying Tui na and Acupuncture orthopedics, as well as Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Eric is a dedicated clinician who listens to the needs of his clients and works to improve their health and well-being. With a specialization in musculoskeletal injuries and pain management, he offers treatments that are based in both the fundamentals and theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western anatomy, by utilizing the various meridians and acupuncture points to effectively influence and harmonize the body as well as manual therapy techniques to facilitate soft tissue recovery and pain relief. When he is not working or studying, Eric enjoys riding his bicycle around San Francisco, playing music, and hiking around the various trails of the Bay.
What is cupping therapy?

Fire Cupping

Cupping is a modality used in Chinese medicine in which suction is applied to the skin, using glass or plastic cups, which in turn creates blood flow, promoting healing to the local area. When blood flow is increased, tissues receive much needed nutrients and oxygen to help promote healing. Cupping helps relax tense muscles and reduce stiffness in joints. Cupping is usually done with glass cups, using fire as a way of creating suction, or plastic cups where a hand pump creates the suction. It’s commonly administered on the back for musculoskeletal conditions or respiratory issues but can also be used on the legs, shoulders, arms and abdomen. Cupping can be used for arthritic pain, back pain, and many various types of musculoskeletal pain, menstrual pain, common cold with cough (it can help clear away phlegm and congestion), asthma, headache, and digestive disorders, as well as many other complaints. Cups are retained in place for 5-15 minutes for optimal results. Most patients find the experience pleasant and relaxing. There is often localized discoloration where the cups were placed that will fade and disappear over a few days to a couple of weeks. Remember all those dark circles on the backs of many of the Olympic swimmers? Those round bruises are what you can expect after a cupping session.

What to expect during a cupping session:
Our cupping area will be set up in the small corner nook of the clinic with a massage table and privacy screens. Cupping shifts will not take place during acupuncture shifts so there will be less overall foot traffic in the clinic. Cupping appointments will be 15 minutes long, an ideal amount of time to receive the full benefits of cupping therapy and a quick and easy way to get pain relief and relaxation. Cupping can be done on multiple areas of the body, the back, shoulders, neck, arms, legs and abdomen. We will need access to the areas of the body that need cupping. We will have privacy screens in place as well as sheets and blankets for draping.
*Return patients, if you are coming in for your first cupping appointment make sure and sign our cupping informed consent form before treatment. They will be available at the front desk.
Cupping Fee: $25-$40 per treatment plus $10 initial paperwork fee for patients new to the clinic.

Welcome!

Our goal at Community Acupuncture Works is simple — to provide quality acupuncture at affordable prices. Acupuncture in America has come a long way towards social and scientific acceptance in the past few decades. Those that could afford it have enjoyed the many health and relaxation benefits that acupuncture provides. But for most of us, the cost of the usual acupuncture treatment has become prohibitively expensive.

Looking for a way to make acupuncture more affordable, the pioneers at Portland, Oregon’s Working Class Acupuncture created the community-acupuncture business model. In community acupuncture clinics, patients receive care in a group setting while resting in a comfortable reclining chair. This treatment model allows us to give effective, individual treatments while seeing multiple patients per hour, which brings our costs down.

Given the rising cost of health care and the general state of the economy today, we believe that providing affordable acupuncture to all is more important than ever. We are at the beginning of a health care revolution in which acupuncture, made affordable, will play a crucial role.

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New client paperwork

For your convenience, you can download the new client paperwork to complete and bring to your first session. If you have any questions, leave that portion blank and you will discuss it with your acupuncturist during your session.