In a ‘multibed’ clinic, several people are treated together in one large room, hence the term.
Multibed clinics are a really new part of acupuncture provision in the West, appearing over the last 10 to 20 years. However, in the Far East it is normal to treat many people together and therefore many people feel 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.
By treating more than one patient each hour, a practitioner can significantly reduce the price of each treatment. Also, rent costs per patient can be much reduced, and these savings can be passed on to the patient.
I have been involved in running a multi-bed acupuncture clinic for the past three years. Prior to that I used to treat patients every forty to forty five minutes. I much prefer to treat several patients at the same time. The buzz in the clinic and the feeling of not rushing from patient, due to time constraints, to patient is very satisfying. This setup benefits all. The patient gets “value for money”and I get enough time to spend with my patients. Most of the patients do not mind this set-up but if they prefer privacy, I treat them in a private, more secluded room.
In my clinic on Kenton Road, Harrow the multi-bed clinic is open on Mondays and Fridays. I have made it as affordable as possible. The first visit lasts 45 minutes to 60 minutes and further visits last 45 minutes.
My fees are £30.00 for the first visit and £20.00 for further visits.