Pay It Forward: Casting Our Net Wider

by Sean Honea L.Ac

So Glad


Pay It Forward: Casting Our Net Wider

Our goal has always been to offer people the acupuncture they need at a price they can afford. It is why we treat in groups on a sliding scale. However, we recognize that no matter how low we set our scale, there would always be someone who cannot afford our rates. Perhaps you have been that someone. In response to that need we are instituting a Pay It Forward Program in the form of a voucher board.

We are able to provide access in this way because members of our community generously pay-it-forward to help maintain our voucher board. If you would like to make a contribution in support of our efforts, you can pay-it-forward by following these steps.

What it Looks like:

  • At the front desk we have posted a bulletin board
  • Sticky notes that function as payment vouchers are posted there
  • Notes may be in any dollar amount, for example: $1, $5, $20, $35
  • Once purchased, notes can be redeemed at any time by any patient for partial payment towards their treatment

How It Works:

  • Patient A is feeling generous this week. They have already paid $30 for their treatment, but have decided to pay forward an additional $5.
  • Patient A goes to the front desk and pays the $5 for a sticky note voucher
  • A $5 note is then posted on the board with the date it was purchased.
  • Patient B goes to the front desk to pay for their treatment, but only has $15. Patient B takes the $5 voucher / note from the Board and presents it with their $15 to the front desk for payment. All is well.
  • A few months go by and Patient B is feeling generous and decides to purchase a $10 sticky note, which is posted to the voucher board.
  • The note is then redeemed by Patient C, Patient D, or even Patient A who is low on funds that month.
  • The Cycle continues.

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Two Qigong Events in May

by Sean Honea L.Ac

yin yang

Two Qigong events to look for in May.

Both Events are Open to the Public

Healthy Living Series: Energy Healing Demystified
Hosted by Dr. Keith Bell of Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. and VCU Massey Cancer Center with special guest Sean Honea L.Ac presenting a brief Qigong Demonstration at the end.

  • Wednesday, May 9 at 6 pm - 7 pm
  • 9000 Stony Point Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23235-1900, United States 


Day of Meditative Practice, a semi-annual event presented by Next Generation Unity

  • Saturday, May 19th, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Various meditative practices will be led by members of Next Generation Unity and other Unity members from 12-5pm.
  • This event is followed by a Spiritual Open Mic from 6-8 pm with participants sharing music, poetry, etc.
  • Sean Honea L.Ac will lead Qigong from 3:45 to 4:30 pm.
  • Location: Main Sanctuary  at Unity of Bon Air 923 Buford Road, Richmond, VA 23235

See you there!

Join POCA! 2018 May Membership Drive

by Sean Honea L.Ac

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Wanting Inspiration?

Need to be reminded that good things are happening? Check out what the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) is doing to make the world more just.

Help SCA by joining the POCA co-op. POCA puts your membership fees to work immediately.

What POCA Does:

  • Gives low interest microloans for the creation of new community acupuncture clinics.
  • Runs the only affordable Community Acupuncture school in the US.
  • Supports legislation that promotes the creation of more avenues for accessing affordable acupuncture. 

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to work cooperatively to increase accessibility to and availability of affordable group acupuncture treatments.

POCA, as a multi-stakeholder co-op, is designed to build a long-term, stable economic relationship based on fair treatment for everybody. Multi-stakeholder cooperatives recognize that producers and consumers are mutually dependent on one another, and that the health of the relationship between these groups is connected to the health of the larger community and economy.


Our vision:

  • To make community acupuncture as widely available as possible.
  • To establish affordable acupuncture training and continuing education programs.
  • To establish best practices for the operation of sustainable community acupuncture clinics.
  • To create job stability for community acupuncture employees, staff, and clinic owners.
  • To build healthy relationships and foster collaboration among our practitioners, staff, patients, and communities.
  • To establish micro-lending programs, scholarship funds, insurance/benefits programs, and further financial support to POCA members.
  • To ease entry into the practice of acupuncture and work with legislators to ensure safety and reasonable regulation.
  • To develop research that is useful to POCA clinics, patients, and practitioners.
  • To build alliances with organizations that build community and foster sustainable economies.
  • To sustain POCA as a robust, flourishing cooperative.

Join us and put your skills to use!

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POCA memberships benefits for patient and community members include:

  • Free birthday treatment each year.
  • Three “free first treatment" certificates for your friends and family. – good at any POCA clinic. Introduce friends and family to community acupuncture.
  • Sticking Together – e-newsletter
  • Waiving new patient fees at POCA member clinics.
  • Access to online discussion forums to connect with punks and other patients .
  • Volunteer opportunities in local clinics and in our movement.
  • Voting in annual board elections and running for positions in our cooperative.


Still not convinced?  Read Enfranchised by Rachel Hess

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Energy Work: Medical Qigong Therapy Now Available

by Sean Honea L.Ac

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Now Available Medical Qigong Therapy

Qigong means "life energy cultivation" or "energy work" and is traditionally seen as a method to cultivate and balance qi.  Medical Qigong Therapy is a form of complementary and alternative medicine. Like Acupuncture, it is one of the four main branches of Chinese medicine, a system of health care that recognizes the root causes of symptoms or disease, and treats the clients as a whole person. Put simply it is acupuncture without needles. Community Energy work appointments are now available in tandem with our regular community acupuncture clinic

Energy Work Appointment



Qigong Classes Resume in June!

by Sean Honea L.Ac

Yin Yang


Classes Resume

Every Thursdays

starting June 7, 2018.


In association with Unity of Bon Air, we are pleased to offer Qigong classes this Summer.

Qigong for Health:
Gentle Exercises to Relieve Stress, Promote Health, and Relax the Mind.

Qigong means "life energy cultivation" and has been used in China for hundreds of years to relieve stress, promote health, and relax the mind. Similar to yoga, Qigong involves rhythmic movement, focused breathing, and concentrated awareness. All levels welcome.

Qigong Class Consent Form


When: Every Thursdays 11 a.m.- Noon starting June 7, 2018

Location: New Rock Hall at Unity of Bon Air 923 Buford Road, Richmond, VA 23235

Cost: By Donation

No Commitment / Drop in welcome.

Facilitated by Sean Honea Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Qigong Therapist.

Style: Medical Qigong

Go to our classes page to learn more.  


Spring has Sprung: Acupuncture and Seasonal Allergies

by Sean Honea L.Ac


spring tree

Spring has sprung, and for many people that means the return of seasonal allergies. On a personal note, seasonal allergies have been an ongoing struggle for me. I was diagnosed with sensitivities to three types of grass, oak trees, and possibly molds during my time in the Army. I recall the Doctor saying that I had just the right combination to be bothered "anywhere I went in the United States, anytime of year." I thought, "well, that's just great."

After years of finding only marginal relief with antihistamines and Neti pots, I discovered the benefits of Acupuncture. In combination with Chinese herbs I started to find some relief from the post nasal drip, itchy eyes, and nasal congestion. With regular treatments I felt a difference, and improved even more by eliminating gluten and dairy while moderating sugar in my diet.  Changing my diet also resulted in my losing 40 lbs, a welcome side benefit.

In Chinese medicine terms, I was resolving dampness. In Helena Barker’s article, Dampness -- How To Resolve It, she gives tips on what foods to eat and to avoid, and good approaches to eating in general such as "Relaxation – the Chinese believe not to mix food with work, watching TV or reading, also important to relax your posture as not to hinder the passage of food through your body" or "Chew well – well chewed food lessens the work for your digestive organs and increases the efficient extraction of nutrients, it also warms chilled foods."

I no longer take herbs regularly, and no longer follow a restricted diet. But when my allergies start acting up, I start to moderate my diet and give myself a few maintenance treatments with acupuncture.

Are you having trouble with seasonal allergies? Why not get relief today by making an appointment? Also check out this article by CNN, Acupuncture may be antidote for allergies.

In the article, Dr. Benno Brinkhaus from the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at Charité University Medical Center in Berlin writes "From my experience as a physician and acupuncturist, and as a researcher, I would recommend trying acupuncture if patients are not satisfied with the conventional anti-allergic medication or treatment or they suffer from more or less serious sides effects of the conventional medication. Also because acupuncture is a relative safe treatment."

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Support Acupuncture Outreach in Puerto Rico

by Sean Honea L.Ac

by Nicole Maniez


Help support Proyecto Salud y Acupunctura Para el Pueblo (SAPP) in their mission to provide free acupuncture in over 300 clinics in Puerto Rico.

"With almost no resources, the all-volunteer SAPP has provided over 300 clinics, treating over 2500 patients, and training nearly 100 community members to use the NADA protocol since 2015 in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti." -- Caroline Picker

Learn more here the POCA blog post: Support Puerto Rico

Area of need include funds for:

  • acupuncture supplies, tolls, food for patients, stipends for practitioners .

Ways to support:

Donate online via paypal to

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