DownEast Community Acupuncture (deca)

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DownEast Community Acupuncture (DECA)

We are a community acupuncture clinic located on Verona Island, between the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Bucksport. We offer treatments in comfortable recliners in a large room, providing personal attention, while also healing as a group. The community model allows for frequent and affordable visits, leading to fast and improved results.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most common and dependable medical therapies used in the world. It is by nature gentle, simple, safe and effective health care. Thin (hair-fine), sterile disposable needles inserted superficially into specific areas of the body in order to help the body’s ability to heal itself.
Community Acupuncture is similar to the way acupuncture is commonly practiced in Asia. Whereas most acupuncturists in the U.S. typically treat one person at a time, we treat in a group setting. Treatments are provided in a common room where patients, seated in zero-gravity recliners, can comfortably rest during the session. By treating more people at the same time, we are able to offer acupuncture at a sliding scale fee of $15-$35. You decide what you can afford. No questions asked. The sliding scale fee allows patients to receive acupuncture more frequently which is how acupuncture works best. Our goal is to allow you to receive the care you need in order to feel better and stay better.
Treating patients in a community setting has benefits beyond affordability and convenience. You may choose to bring a friend, neighbor or a family member and together experience the therapeutic effects of the collective healing.
What We Treat

Acupuncture is capable of treating a wide range of health problems. Some of the general categories of health concerns we treat are:

  • Musculo-skeletal problems: pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain, sciatica, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder and knee pain, general muscle tightness;
  • Digestive disorders: gastric reflux, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, digestive-related side effects of medications, nausea, morning sickness, ulcers, hemorrhoids;

  • Gynecological disorders: pain and cramps, abdnormal bleeding, infertility, menopausal symptoms, PMS, amenorrhea;

  • Emotional issues: stress, depression, anxiety, grief;

  • as well as: skin disorders, sleep problems, immune deficiency, allergies, asthma, common cold, smoking cessation, weight loss.

Whether you have a pain condition, chronic illness, an acute problem, stress- or stress-related disease, or just want to feel better, community acupuncture can help you.

Appointments are strongly encouraged and walk-ins are accepted on a space-available basis. You may want to call us at 207-479-2944 and check for availability if you plan to come with short notice. Same-day appointments are usually available. Appointments may be booked on-line up to an hour prior to the next available appointment time. Click here to make an appointment.
Clinic Hours:

Monday: 2:00-6:00

Tuesday: 9:00-1:00

Wednesday: 2:00-6:00

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 9:00-1:00

Saturday: 9:00-1:00

Sunday: Closed

The hours listed are those in which you may book appointments, and the clinic closes an hour after the last available appointment time of each shift.

Acupuncture treatments are offered on a sliding scale ranging from $15-$35 per treatment. No income verification required. No questions asked.

There is an additional $10 paperwork fee for your first visit.

What to Expect

Wear loose, comfortable clothes that can be pulled up and allow access to the lower leg and forearm. It is a good idea to eat something a few hours before treatment. If this is your first visit, please read our welcome letter and fill out the necessary paperwork. If you are unable to do so, allow for 15 minutes before your appointment to complete the forms at the clinic.

Please refrain from wearing any perfumes or scented oils. Many patients, including pregnant women and those undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, are very sensitive to fragrances.
If possible, set aside time after your treatment to rest.
When You Arrive

Hang up your coat, visit the restroom if you need to. On the reception desk, you will find an envelope with your name on it. Put your payment in the envelope and drop the envelope into the payment box. Please let us know if you need change. Then proceed to the treatment room. On your way in, you may grab a blanket if you wish. Find a recliner, place your socks, shoes and belongings in the bucket under the recliner and make yourself comfortable.

Your First Visit

You and the acupuncturist will go through the health history forms, discuss your health and what brought you to the clinic. The acupuncturist will check your pulses and suggest a treatment plan for you. The intake might take up to half an hour.

Your Return Visits

Choose a recliner and get settled in. Your acupuncturist will greet you and discreetly ask about your health and the status of your condition. She will insert the needles, ensure that you are comfortable before she leaves you to rest and let the needles to their job. A typical session can last from 20 minutes to an hour.

[If you have questions about acupuncture and how it works -- please read the Why Did You Put That Needle There? It can be downloaded for free at You may buy a copy for $8.00 at or read our clinic copy in the library. Unfortunately, we can’t explain what every point does, or how acupuncture works, while we are treating you -- these are very large topics! Consult our clinic library. If you have questions, we’ll happily give you plenty to read!] ---- Deb – make this into a little icon? (get a photo of the book as the icon)

Want to learn more about what we do and why? Check out the community acupuncture documentary, Community Acupuncture: The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged.


Community Acupuncture Network (CAN)

People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA)

Working Class Acupuncture (WCA)

Acupuncturists Without Borders

E. Marie Arnberg is a 1998 graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture. Before opening DownEast Community Acupuncture, she was in private practice. Marie is licensed to practice acupuncture by the Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers. Marie is a member of the Community Acupuncture Network. DownEast Community Acupuncture is a member of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture.

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