Longevity Health Center is proud to offer Community Acupuncture in the heart of Wailuku town. Our providers collectively boast nearly 30 years of experience practicing on Maui. We began offering community-style acupuncture in our current location more than six years ago. We then moved our services for a few years two miles away to Wailuku Heights, but are happy to have returned to Main St so that we can continue to serve our clientele in an easily accessible location. At Longevity Health Center we are committed to continue serving Maui residents and visitors alike and will continue as the best place on Maui and in Wailuku to receive Community Acupuncture. Community Acupuncture is as much a movement or revolution even as it is a practice. Healthcare costs in the United States has escalated while the quality of care has relatively declined. Political and philosophical discussions will go round and round as to the cause, blame, validity of the assertions and so on. But the truth is that most people can not afford to do all the best things for their health and with (mis?)information of Dr. Google, most people are left worried, confused and searching aimlessly for solutions. One solution is Community Acupuncture. For the point of this discussion we will not debate the efficacy of acupuncture as a helpful modality for healing various illnesses, managing others, while preventing more. instead we will assume that more than 4,000 years of trial and error research has brought acupuncture to the modern clinical setting with more popularity today than ever before. Said another way, if it didn’t work, it probably would have been phased out long ago. So if acupuncture works, why is it still considered a fringe medicine in the U.S.?
When Acupuncture moved out of its ethnic confines in the 1970’s, professional licensing in the United States didn’t exist. Most practitioners that were not practicing in the back of an herb store in Chinatown set up shop in much the same manner as a massage therapist in a spa. And in order to gain credibility in the marketplace relative to the other Physicians of the era, acupuncturists charged rates somewhat on par with private practice rates of Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, etc. This practice continues 40 years later when Acupuncturists are licensed medical providers in almost every U.S. state. There are inherit values to private practice acupuncture, but not everyone can afford it and not everyone needs it. Therefore we have a new/old style of acupuncture practice – Community Acupuncture (CA).
Over the last decade or so, many acupuncturists have formed group practices designed to serve the community at large – not just the ones who have insurance to cover or expendable income to afford it. The way to keep costs down is to offer the same, or similar, service in a group setting. Our costs as providers are reduced by offering multiple treatments in one room.
At Longevity Health Center, community acupuncture is provided by licensed, experienced and well-trained professionals who also engage in private practice. The licensed acupuncturists share the belief that healthcare should be available to all. Therefore, we ask that the fee for service be in balance with your health needs as well as your financial ability. CA services are based on a sliding scale where the patient chooses the payment amount. We ask that each patient determine how much treatment you will want or need (your Acupuncturist will give you a suggested treatment plan based on your comprehensive diagnosis) and then pay what works for you – between $20 and $40.