|Monday—Thursday||9:30 am—6:30 pm|
Welcome to Sarana Community Acupuncture!
We provide effective and affordable acupuncture in a peaceful and comfortable open space. We also offer Chinese herbs and acupressure massage. As a member of the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), we charge sliding scale fees of $15-40 per treatment with no income verification needed. Within the sliding scale range, you determine what you wish to pay. Our goal is to separate the issues of money and treatment, to provide the best possible care and to make it accessible to everyone.
We are located at 970 San Pablo Avenue, between Solano Avenue and Buchanan Street, in the south-west corner of Albany’s Town Centre shopping complex. There is ample parking and easy access to AC Transit bus lines 72, 18, 52 and G.
About Community Acupuncture
Community acupuncture is a social justice movement that provides affordable and accessible acupuncture to people of ordinary incomes and creates sustainable living wage jobs for acupuncture practitioners while building community. Pioneered by Portland, Oregon’s Working Class Acupuncture, Community Acupuncture makes this safe, simple, effective, 2,000-year-old medicine widely accessible in the West. In the U.S., acupuncturists often treat patients on tables in small private rooms. The community acupuncture model gets back to the roots of how acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years - in a group setting. In our clinic we primarily treat clients in recliners, clustered in an open and peaceful space. Receiving acupuncture in a community setting has many benefits:
• Friends and family can be treated together
• It is comforting and relaxing to see others resting
• The group setting creates a collective healing energy that helps to strengthen each individual treatment.
• Treatments in a community space are affordable because we can see multiple clients per hour.
Accessibility & Welcoming Diversity
We appreciate the diversity of human beings and are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment. We do not discriminate based on race, national origin, religion, age, size, education, language, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or any other factor. Our clinic is wheelchair accessible.
We support a fragrance-free environment.
Our Walk-in Policy
We generally operate by appointment but we are always happy to accept walk-ins during our business hours, as long as you are willing to wait a little bit to be treated. So if you have a sudden headache, sense the beginnings of a cold, or just feel stressed and need to have a break, come on over!
Enhance your relaxation experience by combining acupuncture with massage therapy. Community massage is performed on a massage table in the common treatment space, allowing you to benefit from the group healing energy in the room. Acupressure-style massage usually does not require disrobing, but privacy curtains are available if needed. Click here for more information about our massage practitioner.
What does sarana mean?
Sarana is a Pali (ancient Buddhist) word for refuge. Refuge represents a place of retreat and safety, but sarana also stands for an individual’s commitment to participate, open-heartedly and open-mindedly, in a community whose members seek clarity and awareness. We chose this name to emphasize our intention that our clinic support us all in sharing a safe relaxing community space and in acknowledging our shared humanity and interdependence.