A community clinic in Burma, run by local doctors and volunteers from the UK

The Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinics (ACMAC) represents a growing group of acupuncture clinics and practitioners who seek to make acupuncture accessible to as many people as possible. Affordability is a defining aspect of accessibility: in community/multibed clinics, several patients are treated together in one space. This reduces overhead costs and these savings can then be passed on to the patients. Equally important as the reduced cost of treatment, however, is the powerfully nurturing atmosphere produced when many people are treated together.
Please note that the names “multibed” and “community” clinics are interchangeable and do not represent different types of clinic. The term “multibed” is most often used on this site.

ACMAC’s Vision:

A thriving network of multibed acupuncture clinics, providing affordable, accessible acupuncture for all

ACMAC’s Mission:

By supporting multibed clinics where practitioners can treat several people at the same time, and helping patients find those clinics, we make acupuncture affordable and accessible to as many people as possible, whatever their income or social background; at the same time, we help practitioners earn a living worthy of their dedication and training.

ACMAC’s Aims:

ACMAC works on behalf of its members to:

•  provide training, support, peer-to-peer networking, website resources etc. to help practitioners set up and run multibed clinics

• inform the public of the benefits of multibed clinics and provide help in locating their nearest clinic

• host regular conferences, seminars and other events to help members learn from each other and create strong bonds of community

• negotiate discounts from equipment suppliers and CPD providers to help members provide the best treatment at a reasonable price

ACMAC sends out a regular Newsletter, with information on events, new clinics and all sorts of other news. If you would like to be added to our Newsletter list, please click on the box in the top left-hand corner of this page.

Similarly, please keep an eye on our News and Events page, for details of events and all our news.

ACMAC aims to keep a comprehensive Library of research, video and articles about multibed and community acupuncture. If you know of any information or research that you believe would enrich our Library, please contact ACMAC on info@acmac.net.

What ACMAC does not do:

ACMAC does not wish to duplicate roles, and therefore costs, of national regulatory bodies. For example, ACMAC does not regulate practitioners or clinics apart from requesting that they offer acupuncture treatment in a community setting at affordable prices. We ask that practitioners follow safe practice and ethical rules laid down by their national regulatory bodies, such as the British Acupuncture Council. or the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

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