“The three months of winter are closing up and storing away. Water freezes and the earth cracks, there is no stirring in yang. Go to bed early and rise late, waiting for full sunlight. The attitude should be as if lying low, as if staying hidden, as if attending only to one's own private business, as when we already have everything. Avoid cold and seek warmth, not allowing the skin to leak (sweat), keeping the qi under forceful control. This is what is in accord with winter's qi, supporting the path or storing away...“
Translation from the ancient Chinese text the Su Wen of the Huang Di Nei Jing by Selah Chamberlain, DOM © 2011
More tips for surviving the cold and flu (click here) season and keeping your weight stable (click here) for the holidays.
Acupuncturists treat many health problems using fine
needles inserted at particular points around the body. Acupuncture is
based in the system of Chinese Medicine which has several thousand
years of history including medical books that date back to 100BCE. The
Chinese developed a meridian or channel map that connects hands, feet
and head areas to internal organs and other parts of the body. It can
be likened to a house with electric wires which turn on lights,
heaters, the refrigerator etc. at different switches. Acupuncture
stimulates your body's own resources, for example, the immune or
hormonal systems, to help you heal or to just help you destress and
relax. Acupuncture is very safe when administered by trained
acupuncturists and because there is no medication, there is no danger
of side effects or medication interactions.
conditions can we treat?
At Community Acupuncture Albuquerque, we treat all kinds
of pain - headaches, back aches, hip, shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist,
heel, and ankle pain. We commonly treat allergies, anxiety,
sleeplessness, depression, weight gain, and high blood pressure, We
also treat symptoms of diabetes, asthma, menstrual pain, menopausal
symptoms, prostate symptoms, constipation, diarrhea, stomach problems,
eye problems, and many more. The World Health Organization has
a list of more than a hundred conditions that acupuncture can treat
conditions that acupuncture can help.
Is Community Acupuncture?
Community Acupuncture Albuquerque acupuncturists treat
in a communal setting using chairs gathered in a large, quiet, soothing
space. We have eight zero gravity recliners and a massage table if
needed. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits:
it's easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment
together; many patients find it comforting; we can be treated fully
clothed, and a collective energetic ("qi") field becomes established,
making individual treatments even more powerful!
about Community Acupuncture Albuquerque
We charge $15-$35
treatment (you pay what you are comfortable with on the
sliding scale), with an initial paperwork fee of $10.
We also offer a $125 punchcard for ten sessions. More
about affordable fees
Nityamo Lian and Selah Chamberlain are the
acupuncturists at Community Acupuncture Albuquerque. Nityamo has more
than thirteen years experience providing acupuncture and Chinese herbal
treatments. More about our
to find us
Find Community Acupuncture Albuquerque on Vermont St NE
(Suite A2) easily between Pennsylvania and Wyoming in NE Albuquerque.
We are located just north of Menaul, one block east of the Flying
Star Cafe, and right behind Relish Sandwiches. More about how to find us by car, bus or
What can I expect?
At Community Acupuncture Albuquerque, we treat clients
fully clothed in reclining chairs, using mostly points on the arms,
legs and head. The acupuncturist will spend a few minutes reviewing
your paperwork and asking you some questions. He or she will feel your
pulse, look at your tongue and make other observations to determine how
to treat you. More about
what to expect.
long will it take to get better and how often should I come?
People respond differently to acupuncture but everyone
will know within six treatments if the acupuncture is working. The
longer you have had a condition, the more treatments you will need to
get well. For some chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes for
which there is no cure, we may be able to help manage your ongoing
symptoms and reduce their severity or frequency. We at Community
Acupuncture Albuquerque recommend the following guidelines for how
frequently to come and how many treatments to have. More about how many treatments
The Community Acupuncture movement has morphed into the People's
Organization of Community Acupuncture It is structured as a
co-operative along the lines of REI or La
Montanita food coop here in Albuquerque. There are clinic
members, patient and community members, and there are acupuncturist
members. Membership entitles you to several free treatments per year
for friends and family, no new patient fees at any POCA clinics, and
the opportunity to get involved, even to create a community acupuncture
clinic in your own town. We are excited to see how this organization
evolves and to be part of this new economic business model.
is the community clinic
affiliated with Public
Health Acupuncture of NM, a non-profit organization. Our Mission
is to promote the use of acupuncture to improve the
health of people, to
reduce health disparities, and to develop a public health acupuncture
practitioner workforce for New Mexico.
We also conduct the following activities under our non-profit so anything you pay above the
minimum is gratefully received and is used to provide these services as
support our clinic!
acupuncture for addictions) programs
- Provide acudetox treatments
to people affected by substance use and addiction.
- Provide technical
support to substance user treatment, prevention and harm
reduction programs to develop acudetox and other acupuncture programs.
- Provide acupuncture
supplies, insurance, and supervision (as required by law) on
a case-by-case basis for acudetox programs and specialists.
- Evaluate acudetox and other
programs and communicate their effectiveness to the public.
- Advocate for acudetox
programs and clients.
- Community Acupuncture Clinic
at Manzano del Sol Retirement Village
- Train acudetox (ear
acupuncture for addictions) specialists.
- Train acupuncturists in
public health acupuncture skills.
I first visited Community
Acupuncture in November
2012 after a series of severe respiratory tract infections. I had never
had acupuncture before and didn't know what to expect, but
myself enchanted by the peace and quiet of the practice as
well as the knowledge and gentleness of Nityamo and Selah. Every
left me with a sense of empowered calm and optimism. As for
tract infections, I have not had one in over a year. In fact, I have
illnesses of any kind, despite working in offices where everyone else
was sick. I
have now made acupuncture a part of my personal preventive health and
-BB, MD, MPH