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BCA wins a “Business of the Year” Award for Ocean Beach

We are thrilled to say that the people of Ocean Beach chose BCA as one of the top 3 businesses of the year in the OB Mainstreet Association’s People’s Choice Award!

THANK YOU for your support and votes!! We are grateful to be here to serve you.

Learn About the Community Acupuncture Co-op: POCA!

BCA is VERY proud to be a part of a larger movement to make acupuncture accessible to as many people as possible. We are a member clinic of a cooperative organization called POCA (People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture). As a multi-stakeholder cooperative, POCA’s goal is to make acupuncture available to as many people as possible and to support those providing acupuncture to create stable and sustainable businesses and jobs.

Community acupuncture is healthcare by, of, and for the people. YOU can join the movement to bring affordable, safe, and effective healthcare to everyone. READ ON for more on why we need you and how membership serves you.

POCA Needs YOU! Patient Membership Drive is On 🙂

BCA wants YOU to be a POCA Co-Op member! Why? Because of its many awesome benefits for you, the patient, and the co-op. Those of you who really benefit from your local Community Acupuncture Clinic will really appreciate being a POCA member as it benefits the Community Acupuncture movement as a whole!

Here’s How(straight from POCA’s website):

▪ Develop a micro-loan program to open and support more clinics.
▪ Create affordable educational alternatives to train community acupuncturists (aka punks).
▪ Support punks in successfully opening, managing, and improving their clinics.
▪ Promote legislative change to encourage and support community acupuncture.
▪ Provide a working model for sustainable, ethical, affordable community healthcare practices.
▪ Increase access to affordable acupuncture for all.

As a POCA Member, your benefits include:

▪ Free birthday treatment each year.
▪ Three “free first treatment” certificates for your friends and family. (Good at any POCA clinic.)
▪ Introduce friends and family to community acupuncture.
▪ Sticking Together – our e-newsletter.
▪ Waiving new patient fees at POCA member clinics.
▪ Access to [...]

Acupuncture During Cancer Treatment

The National Cancer Institute provides the following information on the use of acupuncture for cancer treatment.

Acupuncture applies needles, heat, pressure, and other treatments to one or more places on the skin known as acupuncture points (see Question 1).
Acupuncture has been used in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years as part of traditional Chinese medicine (see Question 2).
Acupuncture has been used in the United States for about 200 years (see Question 2).
Acupuncture is used to treat many illnesses and ailments and in cancer patients is usually used to relieve pain and other symptoms and improve quality of life. (see Question 2).
There is strong evidence from clinical trials that acupuncture relieves nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy (see Question 8).
Acupuncture may work by causing physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain (see Question 4).
Laboratory and animal studies of acupuncture for cancer treatment suggest acupuncture can reduce vomiting caused by chemotherapy (see Question 7).
Most acupuncture research with cancer patients studies the use of acupuncture to relieve symptoms caused by cancer treatment (see Question 8).
It is important that acupuncture treatment be given by a qualified practitioner who uses a new set of disposable (single-use) needles for each patient (see Question 9).

For more, go right to the source…

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research

Take a look at this research article by Andrea Peirce, BA, Writer/Editor:

“Clinical Trials Analysis Finds Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Pain”

Although acupuncture has long been used to treat chronic pain, its effectiveness remains a controversial topic among physicians and scientists. This is largely because no biological mechanism has been identified to explain how the insertion and stimulation of specialized needles at specific points on the body generates lasting effects, such as decreased pain many months after a treatment.

Now, in an extensive analysis of data from nearly 18,000 individuals involved in 29 high-quality clinical trials, Memorial Sloan-Kettering health outcomes researcher Andrew Vickers and colleagues have determined that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, and headaches.

Read the full article here.

What does it take to become an Acupuncturist?

What does it take to become an Acupuncturist? We wanted to answer this question for you because we’re sure it’s something you have probably wondered about at some point during your treatments here. Or in simpler terms, how competent is the person poking me with needles right now? The wait is over, read on for the answers!

The Nitty-Gritty

The state of California upholds rigid standards for licensure to practice acupuncture, including “a minimum of 3,000 hours of study in curriculum pertaining to the practice of an acupuncturist.” (Business and professions code 4939) You read that right, 3,000 HOURS!

It’s not as easy as you think…

▪ All acupuncturists at BCA are licensed by the State of California, having passed the challenging State Board exam (often a 50% pass rate).
▪ All of us at BCA earned a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. This is a four year program with more than 3,500 hours of academic and clinical training.
▪ For four years, we study bio-medicine, Chinese medicine theory, Chinese herbology, acupuncture theory and needle techniques, counseling, and much more.

The acupuncturists (we like to call them “punks”) of BCA are all fully-trained professionals who have your best interests in mind. We want to help you get better no matter the ailment. Apart from hours of required schooling, clinic hours and tuition fees, the BCA punks bring their varied life experiences to their practice making your experience here richer and more beneficial.

Interested in becoming a Community Acupuncturist? POCAtech and beyond

If you are interested in a career in Acupuncture, specifically Community-style Acupuncture, check out POCA Tech (a 501c-3 non-profit located in Portland, OR. It is an affordable alternative to acupuncture [...]

Web MD: “Study Shows Acupuncture Trumps Standard Care for Back Pain Relief”

According to a WebMD article about treating chronic back pain, a study was done using acupuncture. Even the “sham” techniques worked better than usual treatments like painkillers.

Here’s the teaser:

The ancient technique of acupuncture helps relieve chronic back pain better than standard care such as medications or physical therapy, according to a new study.

Even more surprising, all three acupuncture techniques tested — including a “sham” technique with toothpicks and no skin puncturing — worked better than the usual care given for the problem.

“Acupuncture-like treatments had a positive effect overall on people’s chronic back pain,” says study researcher Dan Cherkin, PhD, a senior investigator at Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle. “It didn’t matter if you inserted the needle or superficially poked [the skin].”

Read the whole article here.

Read about how the military is utilizing acupuncture

“Marines are getting relief from physical pain and mental stress at no cost, without a prescription or doctor referral.”

America’s Armed Forces is starting to adopt more affordable and effective ways of treating the body with acupuncture! Check out this great article on acupuncture and its use in the military.

Interesting Acupuncture Facts

Acupuncture is over 2000 years old!
Acupuncture is used to restore Qi in the body.
Qi is life force or vital energy.
From 1929 to around 1949 acupuncture was outlawed in China!
Acupuncture increased in popularity in the US during the 70s after a member of President Nixon’s US press corps received it after emergency surgery in China.