It’s a matter of style

To all who read the letter “Practicing Community” [Oct. 24]: As one of the founders of Asheville Community Acupuncture, I would like to make an amendment. We were thrilled to see a fan had written in to spread the good news of our services, but we felt the letter was slightly insulting to other health practitioners.

The letter seemed to suggest that all health practitioners (except for us) are in the health-care field only for ego-gratification and to make big bucks. First of all, I can assure everyone that we at Asheville Community Acupuncture are mere humans and have egos, too! Secondly, having practiced in Asheville for eight years, I can also assure everyone that this town is full of compassionate, altruistic health practitioners who are in the field for the love of service to humanity.

Also, it should be understood that the reason we are able to offer such low prices for acupuncture is because of the style of treatment we employ. For the low-end prices, a patient is treated in a group room and only gets about 15 minutes of our time. Contrast that to the value of receiving 30 to 60-plus minutes of personal attention with a regular [treatment]. (We offer private sessions at our clinic as well). So, please understand that just because we’re offering inexpensive acupuncture, [that] doesn’t make us better or holier!

— Cat Finks

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