Making alternative medicine more affordable

It was during one of those strangely mild days in February that Maggie Radford really wanted a drink. She’d been sober for months and knew the cravings would come and go, but this one was lingering. She was already anxious — a Family Day reunion with her estranged son was imminent — so she did the one thing that could put her overworked mind at ease: She took five needles in the ear.
“I went into a kind of dreaming mode,” Radford says.
She was given a simple acupuncture technique called the NADA protocol, an insertion of fine gauge, stainless steel needles into five particular points of the ear, and when she opened her eyes 45 minutes later, Radford says her mind was much calmer.
“I could’ve stayed there all day,” she says.
Her acupuncturist, Ash Yoon, said she could stay as long as she liked. Yoon runs the Toronto Acupuncture Studio (TAS), one of two full-time community clinics in the city. She ministers to up to 16 people in a single session. Unlike the private model, which charges up to $150 per hour, TAS offers a more langorous and affordable option. Payment is on a sliding scale, from $15 to $35 per session, and it is this type of flexibility that allows someone like Radford, who lives off $950 in Ontario Disability Support Payments (ODSP) each month, to receive treatment.
“There’s no other way I could afford this,” says Radford, who has previously attempted private treatment but gave it up as too costly. “No matter how many times I arrive in a funk,” she explains, “I always leave feeling much better.”

Source  -  National Post (Canada)