In a multibed clinic, several people are treated together in one large room. Multibed clinics are becoming more and more popular in Britain. This model has been practised here since about 20 years and is now available in Leicester. In the Far East it is normal to treat many people together – many people feel it is a more ‘authentic’ way to practice and receive acupuncture.
It is possible for acupuncturists to offer this type of service because acupuncture needles usually take 20-45 minutes to do their work, so the practitioner can place needles in one patient, leave them to relax into their treatment, and then move on to another patient.
As well as the reduced cost, an extra benefit of multibed clinics is the community spirit that emerges when several people are treated together. Patients consistently report that they like the sense of togetherness and humanity they find there. This can enhance the power of one’s healing experience, just as practicing yoga or tai chi alongside several other people can make it seem to flow more easily and more powerfully.