New Book About Community Acupuncture: Acupuncture Points are Holes

by Sean Honea L.Ac

Acupuncture Points Are Holes

Community Acupuncture has its roots in the auricular NADA Detox Protocol, commonly used in Public Health Clinics across the country since the 1980s. Since NADA was performed largely in Non-profit or state-sponsored settings, group treatments evolved as the norm with treatments being subsidized by the state or donors.

After working in both private practice and NADA Detox clinics, Lisa Rohleder, the co-founder of the Community Acupuncture model concluded that if acupuncture were food service, then people could only choose between soup kitchens and 5 star-restaurants. Where were the Pho and Chinese restaurants for the working and lower middle class she wondered? Thus Community Acupuncture was born. She has co-written several books such as, Acupuncture is Like Noodles (2009), The Remedy: Integrating Acupuncture into American Health Care (2011), Fractal: About Community Acupuncture (2009).

Her latest book Acupuncture Points Are Holes: a Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship takes a more personal turn, offering insights into her background growing up working class in Baltimore, MD; her formative internship with the Jesuits in Portland, OR during the AIDS crisis; and the fallout of remembrance of childhood sexual abuse; a close friendship lost in the Pan Am Flight 830 bombing; mystical reflections on God, Prayer, Meditation and Catholic Activism; and how it all lead her to boot strap the Community Acupuncture Model and then wider movement as a form as self preservation and living therapy. I have no doubt it will make a great movie some day. Dorothy Day would be proud.


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