How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?
Those of us who have grown up being treated by Western medicine are often unfamiliar with the many tried-and-true methods of holistic Eastern medicine. While you may have heard many conflicting reports about acupuncture, what do you really know about this ancient practice?
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, having first been used in China as a method of healing. It’s part of a system that aims to treat patients by seeking out the root cause of your pain or discomfort and works to prevent illness in the first place, as opposed to Western medicine which is traditionally more concerned with treating the symptoms rather than the actual disease.
Sometimes, both Western and Eastern medicinal methods can be combined for an even more effective treatment plan. In fact, they are often used in tandem to help patients recover and prevent future issues.
So, how does acupuncture work? First, an acupuncturist evaluates your health and discusses with you just what kind of ailments you’re looking to treat.
Next, your acupuncturist will evaluate their findings, along with your medical history and any symptoms currently present to create a thorough and effective treatment plan. The acupuncture is used to balance your qi, or life energy.
So, now that you have a basic idea of what acupuncture is, let’s take a sneak peek at what you need to know about acupuncture pricing and how to decide whether this treatment is the right decision for both you and your wallet.
If you’re ready to take your own journey towards relief and relaxation, WTHN has custom acupuncture treatments which will be specifically customized at reasonable prices for you and your journey. On average, an acupuncture treatment can last between 30 to 90 minutes per session. Of that time, usually the needles will be left in for between 10 to 30 minutes to give you time to relax and let your qi become unblocked.
At WTHN, we offer very affordable prices for acupuncture. For a one time, 45-minute session you can get all of the benefits of our licensed experts for only $85, and only $65 if you’re a first-timer. It provides amazing relief for anyone, anytime. With a WTHN membership, you get one session a month included and complimentary cupping and LED light therapy for only $75.
WTHN also has add-ons which can be selected from the menu when designing your ideal session for reasonable prices as well. Those include cupping and LED light therapy.
As compared to the national costs for acupuncture, we like to think we have pretty reasonable pricing. The average cost for an acupuncture session usually ranges between $75 - $100. That includes the first session. The initial consultation fee is separate and can be anywhere from $100 - $300. Subsequent sessions cost, on average, between $50 - $90 per session, depending on where you live and the expertise of your practitioner.
Price is usually heavily dependent upon your location. Acupuncture in large cities like New York and Los Angeles is often going to be much more expensive than acupuncture in less populated or more rural areas.
Chronic back pain is the most common reason that people go to see an acupuncturist for multiple sessions. For sessions across the nation, you’ll find a price of between $70 - $150. The price can sometimes depend on how severe your condition is and how the practitioner decides to make your treatment plan.
To understand how acupuncture really works, it’s best to start with what qi is and how it affects your body. Qi is an energy that flows through the body, like a spirit or soul. It is supposed to flow freely, but there are meridians or energy channels where qi can get stuck or have its flow disrupted. Traditionally, those weak flows and disruptions cause illnesses and other physical problems.
Getting to the Point
Acupuncture works by inserting very thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body. These needles help redistribute the flow of qi or unblock its path. This removes the obstructions and imbalances in your qi that are causing your symptoms.
Luckily, for most people, there is little to no pain because of how thin the needles are. Acupuncture needles also have a rounded edge to prevent any excessive cutting of the skin.
They are inserted into areas that have been shown to stimulate the nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. Some people use acupuncture to treat pain because this ancient practice is also thought to boost endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers.
What it Does
Acupuncture can treat a variety of issues, illnesses, and conditions or can be used to just feel freer and more relaxed, even when you’re not sick or sore. One study even found that acupuncture can be helpful when used in conjunction with prescription treatments for treating anxiety and depression. However, despite its amazing benefits, you should always talk to your doctor about adding holistic methods of treatment in addition to your normal regimen.
Does it Hurt?
You’re probably thinking: they’re going to insert a bunch of needles into my skin? I’m not a pin cushion! But don’t worry, this is a common misconception. Many people avoid acupuncture because they’re worried about the pain and how long the needles are, but trust us, they’re so thin that you will hardly feel them. Acupuncture isn’t meant to hurt and, when performed by an experienced professional, it shouldn’t.
However, you may feel some particular sensations during the session. Most people don’t even feel the initial insertion or removal of the needles. However, some people do experience a heavy, throbbing, or twitching sensation because of how the needles are stimulating your nerves. How you feel depends on your level of pain tolerance and general sensitivity. It may also depend on where the acupuncturist inserts the needles since some areas of the body are more sensitive than others.
Only you know if acupuncture is right for you and your journey towards healing, relaxation, and peace.
If acupuncture seems like an avenue you’d like to explore, WTHN has friendly, professional practitioners who are ready to offer acupunctural services for affordable prices so you can give it a try without having to worry about breaking the bank.