Current trends with insurance and acupuncture

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Alberta healthcare does not cover acupuncture yet.  However, many private healthcare plans offer acupuncture-specific annual allocations, usually around $500 or so, or a health spending account which can be used to reimburse part or all the costs of acupuncture. Recently in 2010, the BC ministry of health decided to reimburse up to $23 per visit for acupuncture for a combined annual limit of 10 visits…

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Community acupuncture catches on in the USA with POCA

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc The idea of community acupuncture has really grown in the United States over the last decade.  I think this is because, unlike Canadians, American’s have less access to affordable primary care.  Community acupuncture seems to have filled a specific need in the US where people can look after their ailments more affordably and proactively.  More and more are routinely using acupuncture for prevention and relaxation…

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Roots of community acupuncture in China: moving Qi, but more!

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc In China, acupuncture was and still is practiced commonly in a group setting. On the way home after work or on your day off, you see the acupuncturist for a weekly tune-up.  Here treatments are performed efficiently on people in a group setting, sitting in chairs or lying down on tables, sometimes with drapes between, sometimes not. The origins of Chinese medicine  are founded in…

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“Cost: A big limitation of private acupuncture treatments… the ATP story part 3”

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the next article in a series about ATP’s “turning points”.  I have described the beginning of our story – go here to read the series.  Our original dilemma was presented in the choice between offering clients a dedicated one-on-one service or a more cost-efficient multiple client model, in which  people are treated simultaneously in separate rooms in quick succession.  In these dedicated private…

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A healthcare dilemma: process efficiency or client’s needs first? The ATP story-part 2

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the second part of a series that describes ATP’s “turning points”  — it’s about my insights along the way as we have engaged and participated with our clients in caring for their health.  Last time I introduced the idea of community acupuncture and how it is now integrated into the culture at ATP.  I see it not only as an alternative, but also…

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The transformation of healthcare – The ATP story part 1

Turning Points: The introduction of community acupuncture clinics to The Acupuncture Turning Point reflects not only a change for us, but also a significant transformation in this era of technological and material wealth, and personal choices.   Last year (2012) was a “turning point”; not only for us in how we practice, but also in how we have come to better understand the relevance in the shift occurring in knowledge, power…

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The Connective Tissue Connection

“It’s all in the fascia”.  How many times have I heard this from healthcare workers who have spent a lifetime working with injuries or researching mechanisms of health and healing? Loosely speaking, fascia is connective tissue.  It surrounds all our body parts, from big to small.  Fascia can be the ligaments that support and hold a joint together, or it can be the intricate wrappings around muscles at every level,…

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Are we what we whEAT?

Article by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Some people who are losing weight, healing from a sickness, or just trying to be healthier swear their success is due to restricting or even eliminating wheat from their diet.  This is not to be confused with people who have celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder in which eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, triggers an inflammatory immune response that damages…

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Could the Sun be Good for your Heart? (no, this is not about Vitamin D!)

A recent and fascinating Ted Talk featured dermatologist Richard Weller who talks about the science of UV light and how it affects our health.  With humour and eloquence and simplicity, his talk demonstrates why people do not trust the media’s representation of medical discoveries sometimes. Although our skin creates Vitamin D from cholesterol when exposed to UV light from the sun, sunlight may give us another unexpected benefit too. New…

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When there was only “organic” and “local”…

Not long ago, there was the age of being close to our food. We were farmers. We grew, prepared, and ate our traditional foods. The food we ate looked like food. It was “organic”, “local” and “healthful”; and it would have been absurd and irrelevant to describe food these ways then! Then there came the age of convenience and science and security for many, which created canned food and processed…

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