Hey all! As thanks for your patience while we figure out our new online scheduling program, we are bringing back the prepaid punchcard special we ran last November: 5 treatments for $65 (that’s only $13/treatment!) or 10 treatments for $125 (yep, only $12.50/treatment!)
The cards will only be available until April 30th, but may be used anytime. You may buy up to 3 cards total, they are for your use only, and so long as the clinic exists they do not expire. So go ahead and use that tax refund to treat yoursef!
Hey folks, we are switching over to a new online scheduling system, POCA Point, starting April 1st. We apologize for the temporary confusion this will inevitably create, but we are convinced it will help us provide better service: it has all of the functionality we need, and none of the functions we *don’t* need. In other words, it’s a more efficient program for us–and it’s more economical! Finally, POCA Point is an organizational member of POCA. We want to support them, because they support the work we do.
Every system is of course a little different in the details; please don’t hesitate to ask for help in person, or call us at 313-831-3222 if you have questions. Here are a few things you should know:
1) If we have your current, working email address, you should have received (or should soon receive) an email inviting you to use the new system. Your login ID will just be your email address. The first time you log in, you will need to use the system-generated password (in the welcome email); you can change your password to something more memorable after that. If you did not receive an email, check with us; we may not have your current address, or there may have been a mistake in importing your information. (If you don’t have an email address, the system makes up a phony one for you to use as a login ID; we can provide this for you if you like, so you can use the system; but of course you will not receive email reminders.)
2) Everyone who has already scheduled appointments after April 1st, don’t worry; we have imported them into POCA Point.
3) You are still more than welcome to schedule over the phone, or in person during clinic hours.
4) If you need a receipt for the amounts you have paid for treatments up until March 31st, or simply a record of when you have been in, please contact us by April 15th! WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THAT INFORMATION AFTER THAT TIME. Please allow us up to two weeks to gather the information and mail it to you (or we can give it to you at your next appointment).
That’s all for now! Thank you in advance for your patience during the transition, and Happy Spring!
P.S. Some people have asked us about getting appointment reminders by text; we’d like to offer that service but it would be too labor-intensive and/or expensive. We also are unable to call to remind people of their regular appointments; that’s just something we do for first visits, since we often don’t have people’s email addresses before they come in. We do charge $5 for non-emergency missed visits and late cancellations (less than 24 hours’ notice) now, so please do what you need to do to remember your appointments. Thanks!
The clinic will pretty much always be open if we can. If we have to have a “snow day” or close for some other emergency, we’ll try to post it here and on our Facebook page (the exception being an internet-interrupting emergency).
That said, we know a snowstorm can make it hard for patients to get here. Please give us a call to reschedule as soon as you know you can’t make it. (You can also reschedule online, if you’re already in the system – which you’ll know because you’ll have received confirmation emails.) If you can make your appointment, no need to call; we’ll just look forward to seeing you…and it’s nice and cozy in here!
The clinic will be closed this Friday & Saturday, December 25th & 26th, and the following Friday & Saturday, January 1st and 2nd. That means we will ONLY be open Monday through Wednesday the next two weeks (as we’ll be closed Thursdays and Sundays as usual). So make sure to schedule your treatments in, and if we don’t see you till January, have safe, happy, healthy holidays!
Some of these are common-sense; some of them might not be scientifically proven. I use all of them, though; try them and see what works for you!
Cover your neck when outside
Traditionally, instead of “catching cold,” Chinese Medicine theory uses the metaphor of “wind invasion.” In this metaphor, “wind” commonly “invades” the channels at the back of the neck/upper back, which is why you hardly ever see an acupuncturist without a scarf in the chilly months. Plus, who needs an excuse to rock a stylish scarf?
Don’t hang around in sweaty clothes
When you sweat, you are more “open” to wind invasion. So, after you work out, it’s best to dry the sweat off with a towel (if you can’t actually shower off), and change into dry clothes as soon as you can.
Raise your temperature & REST
This is the most important one. I rarely catch cold because I take herbs and go to bed early whenever I feel one coming on. Boring? Yes. But if you too have the kind of job where you don’t get paid if you don’t show up (especially if you love your job, like I do), staying in one night is worth not losing a week or two of work.
If you’re strong, you can sometimes fight the early onset of a cold by working up an (active) sweat – a short jog or brisk walk, for example; but if you’re already feeling run down and exhausted, it’s often better to gently raise your temperature a little bit, passively. This can be taking a warm bath, and/or taking a traditional herbal formula, chasing it with hot tea or soup, getting under some covers and resting for at least a half hour.
Eat lightly/lower on the food chain
If you can, go lightly on the cold, rich, dense foods (meat, nut butters, dairy products, sweets) and eat more soups and steamed veggies. Let your body save its energy for fighting that virus, instead of digesting heavy foods. As always, your mileage may vary; pay attention to your body’s needs.
Especially for those of you that live alone, I strongly suggest that you make up a pot of some nice congee or veggie soup and freeze some of it (we have a good congee recipe hand-out at the clinic, but you can google it too). That way, if you DO get hit with the flu, you’ll have some good nourishing food on hand. (And if you get really sick, call someone to look in on you, okay?)
When do you catch cold or flu? Some people always get sick after a big project is finished; or when they fly in an airplane; or when they haven’t been sleeping well; or when they’re having their menstrual cycle. Try to notice when your immune system tends to be most vulnerable, so you can take preventative measures. And, if you DO get sick, don’t beat yourself up about it, and try not to take it personally; remember those viruses have evolved to use us as hosts!
Last but not least, acupuncture can help keep your immune system functioning well – partly by giving your body some “concentrated rest” and a break from the stresses that can make you more vulnerable.
This isn’t Chinese Medicine, but I’ve heard many patients and friends swear by using a neti pot at the first sign of a cold. A similar piece of advice (from an MD) is: when stuck in a dry, closed place, such as an airplane or office, flush your nasal passages regularly by spraying with saline spray and blowing your nose. And, as always, avoid touching your face before washing your hands – and to avoid spreading viruses, please cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands!
Feel free to add your favorite tips (or soup recipes) below!
During the week of November 16th – 21st, all three Community Acupuncture clinics in the area (see sidebar for links to the other two) will be offering two-for-one treatments! This is for two reasons: to honor vets for Veterans’ Day, and to coincide with the Great American Smokeout.
Acupuncture has been used by lots of people to take the edge off of the cravings and stress associated with quitting smoking; we’re happy to be part of your plan to quit. So grab a quitting buddy – you can support each other, for better success – and come on down! (Walk-ins are welcome, as always, but we can only guarantee appointments if you call and schedule in advance.)
I’ll post more about this, closer to the actual event. Stay tuned!
Dear DCA patients and fans:
Nora will be out of town on Community Acupuncture business this weekend, so the clinic will be closed this Friday (Oct. 23rd) and Monday (Oct. 26th). The good news is, special guest acupuncturist Jalyn Spencer will be filling in for the regular Saturday shift in-between (October 24th – click on her name to find out more about her). Please welcome her back to Detroit by letting her give you a treatment! Call the clinic (313-831-3222) to schedule.
The following Saturday is Halloween, and the clinic will not only be open, we’re having a 2-for-1 special! We’re really overdue for getting some photos up on the website with *people* in them, so if you’re willing to let us use your smiling face (or needled feet), we’re offering 2-for-1 treatments that day in exchange (or, if you prefer, we’ll give you a gift certificate to give someone else). Please call to make an appointment, or schedule online.
September 28th & 29th, for personal reasons. We’ll be open again Wednesday, September 30th, at 2:00. Please feel free to leave a message on the clinic phone 313-831-3222. Thanks for your understanding.