The average cost of acupuncture is $75 an hour. Hiring an acupuncturist for medical treatment, you will likely spend between $60 and $100. The price of acupuncture can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local acupuncturists or get free estimates from pros near you.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine with a large number of offshoots that follow different beliefs and practices. Carried out through the insertion of single use needles into acupuncture points or nerves, it’s usually used in conjunction with other medical actions as a treatment for easing acute pain.
Prices take the following into consideration:
Accredited courses for acupuncturists are becoming more prevalent, which is good news for clients seeking professional help. However, it also drives up the price, as does the location of the clinic, depth of knowledge and skill, and travel time (if pertinent).
Some sample pricing from around the country includes:
Some centers practice acupuncture exclusively, while others also offer multiple health and wellness services such as massage, herbal medicine, and cupping, with the goal of finding and treating the root of pain or illness.
East West Approach in Oakland, CA, lays out “a personalized treatment plan that includes traditional treatments like acupuncture and herbal medicine, as well as supplements and dietary and lifestyle modifications.” They charge $225 for the initial consult, a case review for $1,095, and acupuncture for $90 per treatment.
SOMA Health Center’s (San Francisco, CA) specialties include women’s health (infertility, PMS, prenatal care, etc.) and the treatment of pain, utilizing Dr. Tan’s Balance Method. They charge $120 for the initial 1.5-hour treatment and $80/hour for follow-up treatments.
While all acupuncturists should be licensed in their state of practice, many have far more qualifications.
For example, Valerie Lee of Life Care Acupuncture in San Francisco, CA, was a faculty member in the SFSU kinesiology dept. and is a doctor of oriental medicine.
Dr. Lisa Lam of Blue Path Acupuncture in San Francisco, CA, has a master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a four-year program; a doctorate; and is tui na certified (a form of massage therapy).
Many acupuncturists will give a discount to new patients or to those who purchase a series of treatments.
For instance, Bronx Community Wellness currently offers a New Patient Deluxe Package - initial acupuncture consult, treatment, and massage for $90 (reg $130); a Facial Rejuvenation Special - neck and facelift massage and acupuncture for $105 (reg $150); and an Acupuncture Series - 5 traditional acupuncture treatments for $275 (reg $300).
While online ratings are a good way of learning about a practitioner’s bedside manner and pain management results, the gold standard of acupuncture, according to Heather Conway of Intuitive Balance Acupuncture in Denver, CO, is “the NCCAOM, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine—a three-year master's level education and clinical training from an accredited school or approved apprenticeship program.” A treatment with Heather is $90, while her cosmetic acupuncture sessions cost $100.
Most practitioners have a clinic for acupuncture treatments, but some will come to your home.
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