Quad Hautes Pyrenees is a social enterprise committed to breaking down barriers to health care in the border region. Our vision is to use acupuncture to build a community for diverse groups, so people of different classes and cultures feel comfortable sharing the clinic space.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of soft and fine needles such as hair at specific points on the body. Acupuncture points are connected to each other by a system of meridians that cross the entire body. Stimulation of the points and meridians helps restore the body’s natural balance so that it can begin to heal itself.
What is Community Acupuncture?
Crossroads follows the model of more than 200 Community Acupuncture clinics in the U.S. We want ordinary people in the Las Cruces region to be able to receive acupuncture frequently and comfortably.
Why do you try in a communal environment?
Most acupuncturists in the U.S. give treatments in private rooms. At Crossroads Community Acupuncture treatments are given in a group, as is customary in Asia. In our clinic, we use groups of chairs that recline in an open space.
The use of communal space offers several benefits: it is easy to bring and treat families and friends at the same time and sharing the experience of group treatment increases the effect of individual treatment.
This style of acupuncture allows our patients to rest with needles for an extended time. The ‘correct’ dose of acupuncture depends on the individual. Everyone learns after a few treatments how long they need. Some need only twenty minutes while others need an hour. Many fall asleep and wake up well rested.
We don’t think acupuncture should be a luxury. Rather, we want people on ordinary incomes to be able to access our services. Our $16 – $41 system at ¨escala variable¨ is designed to make our services available to the middle class in the Las Cruces area, many of whom would not otherwise have the ability to pay acupuncturists’ fees. You decide what you can pay for your treatment.
We also realize that most communities on both sides of the border have no access to any acupuncturists, much less a Community Acupuncture clinic. CCA is committed to reducing these disparities by training other partner groups on the border to establish their own free and low-cost clinics in the towns and colonias across the MX-U.S. border.
Many Community Acupuncture clinics charge $15-$40 per treatment. Crossroads will charge $1 more on our sliding scale, and we will invest $1 of each treatment in expanding the free clinics that now provide services within impoverished border communities.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is relatively painless. Some people are more sensitive to needles than others. Patients often report that they feel a dull ache, heat, or slight itching around the needle. Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable, made of surgical stainless steel.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective method of treatment for many common diseases. Many people come for acupuncture treatments for body aches and chronic diseases related to stress.
Acupuncture is not a cure for any disease, but many international and U.S. health institutions have given acupuncture approval to treat a wide range of different physical and psychological illnesses.