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Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Cost: $130 initial consultation & treatment. Subsequent treatments $65.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth.

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:

  • Chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Dental pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches, including tension and migraine headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis

How much does acupuncture cost?

Initial Consultation and treatment is $130. Subsequent treatments are $65. If you’re considering acupuncture, take the same steps you would take to choose a doctor:

  • Ask people you trust for recommendations.
  • Check the practitioner’s training and credentials. Check out the bio of our own in-house Acupuncturist, Dr Cristian Sanc.
  • Interview the practitioner. Ask what’s involved in the treatment, how likely it is to help your condition and how much it will cost.
  • Find out whether your insurance covers the treatment

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