Current Fees For Payment at Time of Service*
Initial acupuncture evaluation and treatment: $130
Follow-up acupuncture treatments: $90
Herbal medications are separate and usually range in price from $10 - $25 per week
At this time we do not bill insurance. If your insurance plan covers acupuncture we are happy to supply you with a super bill that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Please call your insurance company to verify benefits before you schedule your first appointment. Many insurance companies only cover acupuncture for certain conditions - pain syndromes and certain types of nausea related to chemotherapy or pregnancy. Your insurance company may only cover a limited number of treatments. You may be responsible to pay for treatments until you meet your deductible. Make sure you clearly understand your benefits before you start treatment.
The first visit
The first visit usually lasts around 1 1/2 hours. Wear loose comfortable clothing, or bring something to change into. Eat a little something before you come. Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. If you have a referral or chart notes you would like me to see, please bring those as well.
The first visit includes a thorough intake, lasting 30 minutes. You will be asked about your primary complaint as well as your general health history. This will give a complete picture of how your body functions. Often a pulse and tongue diagnosis are done. This helps identify meridians and patterns involved in your disorder. Next we will discuss a treatment plan. Initially this often includes 2-3 visits per week. The last part of the visit involves the needling session itself. The needles are inserted and then left in from 20 to 45 minutes.
Before your visit
Wear/bring loose comfortable clothing to your visit. Your acupuncturist will need to have access from the elbows down and knees down.
Eat a little something before you come in. Acupuncture on an empty stomach can cause mild dizziness or nausea.
If you plan on doing a strenous workout or activity, try to do it before the treatment.
The treatment plan
A typical course of treatment is 10 treatments. You will most likely be asked to come in 1-2 times a week for 3 to 5 weeks. Once you are feeling better, the frequency of treatments will be spaced out until only maintenance treatments of 3-4 times a year are required. Everyone responds differently to acupuncture, so it is hard to say the total number of treatments you will need. Generally the longer and more complicated the problem, the more treatments you will need to remedy it. In most cases patients see a notable decrease in symptoms during the first course of treatment.
Follow up visits are shorter, lasting about an hour. Like the first treatment, wear or bring loose comfortable clothing and eat a little something before you come in. There is a short intake, then the needles are put in and again left for 20 to 45 minutes.
After your visits
Make sure you stay hydrated! Acupuncture releases toxins from your tissues that need to be flushed out.
Follow any diet and/or lifestyle instructions given to you. These are for your benefit and will increase the results from treatment.
If you are given herbs, take them as prescribed. You will have to take them 2 to 3 times a day for maximum results.
Take time every day to breathe and relax. Remember, stress is one of the primary contributors to many disorders.