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Close the health gap for people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco


According to the January 2017 Point-in-Time Count there are 7,499 People Without Housing in San Francisco Tonight. Over 500 are homeless youth.

Slow Poke has offered regular acupuncture programs with Lavamae, Homeless Youth Alliance, Needle Exchange, A Woman's Place, Edith Witt Center, and many other community organizations. 

Acupuncture is low-cost direct care delivered in a community model that allows the practitioner to treat several people per hour – providing immediate relief for pain, trauma and mental health distress on site.

Acupuncture is trauma-informed care that works well in harm reduction settings. Acupuncture is a natural option for people who refuse other medical care.

Regular treatments can decrease chronic and acute pain and relax the body to rest and digest. This can decrease opiate usage facilitating an increase in function and quality of life.

In a program setting, people receiving acupuncture will engage more proactively in their care and support with workers and increase attendance in group therapeutic and creative activities. Acupuncture has been found to both increase completion rates of drug court programs and drastically decrease recidivism in drug rehabilitation programs.

Acupuncture programs in settings where people are already accessing other social support services has the potential to decrease the need placed on the public health primary care medical system as well as healthcare costs per patient. 

Studies show evidence that acupuncture is effective for treatment of the major health issues effecting those either currently or recently experiencing homelessness – PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety/depression, and addiction.

Mental Health

PTSD - Acupuncture shown to be safe and effective treatment for PTSD. Bi-weekly acupuncture treatments in randomized trial shown to greatly decrease symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and found to increase physical and mental health functioning in those with PTSD[1].

Depression/Anxiety - RCT showed that regular acupuncture treatments resulted in clinically significant decrease in psychological distress when compared to conventional care using Hospital Anxiety and Depressions Scale (HAD). (Conventional Care alone did NOT result in decrease of anxiety or depression[2].


Addiction
Acupuncture was effective in trials to reduce craving and anxiety for veterans in recovery for addiction [3].

Integrative drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs using the acupuncture NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol are likely to see improvements in engagement, retention, decreased drug cravings, anxiety, and less physical symptoms[4].

Chronic pain
Acupuncture treatments result in significant decrease in pain severity and improvement in physical well-being and quality of life for patients with chronic pain in urban safety net health centers[5].

Decreased Healthcare Costs
A study published April 2016 looked at how acupuncture effected health care costs in an urban safety net hospital over a seven year period, and there appeared to be an association between acupuncture treatment and a decrease in total hospital charges. The patients who received 7-9 treatments showed the largest average decrease in total charges ($8967.24; p = 0.17)[6].



[1] Engel,C.C.; Arvidsdotter,T.; (2014 Dec) Randomized effectiveness trial of a brief course of acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder. Med Care. 52(12 Suppl 5):S57-64.

[2] Arvidsdotter T, Marklund B, Taft C. (2013) Effects of an integrative treatment, therapeutic acupuncture and conventional treatment in alleviating psychological distress in primary care patients--a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. BMC Complement Altern Med.7;13:308.

[3] Chang BH, Sommers E. (2014 Mar-Apr;23;2) Acupuncture and relaxation response for craving and anxiety reduction among military veterans in recovery from substance use disorder. Am J Addict.129-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12079.

[4] Carter K, Olshan-Perlmutter M. (2014 Oct-Dec;25(4) NADA Protocol: Integrative Acupuncture in Addictions. J Addict Nurs.182-7; quiz 188-9. doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000045.

[5] McKee MD, Kligler B, Fletcher J, Biryukov F, Casalaina W, Anderson B, Blank A. (2013) Outcomes of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain In Urban Primary Care. J Am Board Fam Med. (6):692-700. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2013.06.130003.

[6] Highfield ES, Longacre M, Chuang YH, Burgess JF Jr (2016) Does Acupuncture Treatment Affect Utilization of Other Hospital Services at an Urban Safety-Net Hospital?J Altern Complement Med. (4):323-7. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0151.

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$60 or more per month
You can come on down and receive one acupuncture treatment in the Mission Clinic! 


Support Acupuncture For Everyone!


Close the health gap for people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco


According to the January 2017 Point-in-Time Count there are 7,499 People Without Housing in San Francisco Tonight. Over 500 are homeless youth.

Slow Poke has offered regular acupuncture programs with Lavamae, Homeless Youth Alliance, Needle Exchange, A Woman's Place, Edith Witt Center, and many other community organizations. 

Acupuncture is low-cost direct care delivered in a community model that allows the practitioner to treat several people per hour – providing immediate relief for pain, trauma and mental health distress on site.

Acupuncture is trauma-informed care that works well in harm reduction settings. Acupuncture is a natural option for people who refuse other medical care.

Regular treatments can decrease chronic and acute pain and relax the body to rest and digest. This can decrease opiate usage facilitating an increase in function and quality of life.

In a program setting, people receiving acupuncture will engage more proactively in their care and support with workers and increase attendance in group therapeutic and creative activities. Acupuncture has been found to both increase completion rates of drug court programs and drastically decrease recidivism in drug rehabilitation programs.

Acupuncture programs in settings where people are already accessing other social support services has the potential to decrease the need placed on the public health primary care medical system as well as healthcare costs per patient. 

Studies show evidence that acupuncture is effective for treatment of the major health issues effecting those either currently or recently experiencing homelessness – PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety/depression, and addiction.

Mental Health

PTSD - Acupuncture shown to be safe and effective treatment for PTSD. Bi-weekly acupuncture treatments in randomized trial shown to greatly decrease symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and found to increase physical and mental health functioning in those with PTSD[1].

Depression/Anxiety - RCT showed that regular acupuncture treatments resulted in clinically significant decrease in psychological distress when compared to conventional care using Hospital Anxiety and Depressions Scale (HAD). (Conventional Care alone did NOT result in decrease of anxiety or depression[2].


Addiction
Acupuncture was effective in trials to reduce craving and anxiety for veterans in recovery for addiction [3].

Integrative drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs using the acupuncture NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol are likely to see improvements in engagement, retention, decreased drug cravings, anxiety, and less physical symptoms[4].

Chronic pain
Acupuncture treatments result in significant decrease in pain severity and improvement in physical well-being and quality of life for patients with chronic pain in urban safety net health centers[5].

Decreased Healthcare Costs
A study published April 2016 looked at how acupuncture effected health care costs in an urban safety net hospital over a seven year period, and there appeared to be an association between acupuncture treatment and a decrease in total hospital charges. The patients who received 7-9 treatments showed the largest average decrease in total charges ($8967.24; p = 0.17)[6].



[1] Engel,C.C.; Arvidsdotter,T.; (2014 Dec) Randomized effectiveness trial of a brief course of acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder. Med Care. 52(12 Suppl 5):S57-64.

[2] Arvidsdotter T, Marklund B, Taft C. (2013) Effects of an integrative treatment, therapeutic acupuncture and conventional treatment in alleviating psychological distress in primary care patients--a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. BMC Complement Altern Med.7;13:308.

[3] Chang BH, Sommers E. (2014 Mar-Apr;23;2) Acupuncture and relaxation response for craving and anxiety reduction among military veterans in recovery from substance use disorder. Am J Addict.129-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12079.

[4] Carter K, Olshan-Perlmutter M. (2014 Oct-Dec;25(4) NADA Protocol: Integrative Acupuncture in Addictions. J Addict Nurs.182-7; quiz 188-9. doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000045.

[5] McKee MD, Kligler B, Fletcher J, Biryukov F, Casalaina W, Anderson B, Blank A. (2013) Outcomes of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain In Urban Primary Care. J Am Board Fam Med. (6):692-700. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2013.06.130003.

[6] Highfield ES, Longacre M, Chuang YH, Burgess JF Jr (2016) Does Acupuncture Treatment Affect Utilization of Other Hospital Services at an Urban Safety-Net Hospital?J Altern Complement Med. (4):323-7. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0151.

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