The clinic is closing early today

The clinic is closing at 3pm today, Wednesday December 6th.

December Special: Seniors

This December we would like to give a little extra TLC to all the seniors in the community. If you are 65 or over we are offering $15 acupuncture treatments for you throughout December. Please spread the word!

Meet Our Newest Practitioner

Welcome Michelle! You can meet Michelle during our cupping shift on Fridays from 10AM-12PM. You will also likely see Michelle subbing here and there during acupuncture shifts as well.

Michelle Medina, a California Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, holds a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley and has completed certificates in Swedish Massage, Polarity, and Medical Qigong. She became interested in alternative medicine as a child, and kept returning to it for her own ailments and well- being as an adult. One of the most satisfying aspects of her job is connecting with her patients and seeing them shift closer to their health goals with acupuncture. In her free time, Michelle enjoys listening to podcasts, climbing, spending time with friends and reading in quiet cafes. Michelle is also a native Spanish speaker.


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.


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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