When a person feels the need to cure pain or a specific medical problem, he/she sometimes does not attribute importance to the price of the treatments.
Let’s see how you can but an acupuncture session at a reasonable price, without anyone depleting your wallet.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
1. Treatment is not as invasive as conventional medicine.
2. No use of chemicals.
3. The results are usually faster.
4. Treatments are cheaper than conventional medical treatments.
What are the costs for Acupuncture?
An initial visit costs between $60 and $90 for a consultation and your first acupuncture session.
During the first session, the therapist will ask about your current medical condition and the purpose of the treatment. The therapist will also ask if you are currently on any medication and perform a pulse and tongue test.
The initial session usually lasts about 60 minutes and is longer than subsequent sessions.
The follow up sessions are priced between 40 to 75 USD.
They usually last between 30 to 45 minutes.
What are the Price factors?
– Location – Whether the location is central or within the neighborhood.
– Seniority – If the therapist is new then it is reasonable to assume that the prices will be lower in order to accumulate a portfolio of patients.
– Reputation – The more experienced and well-known an acupuncturist is, and the better the reputation and the higher the price.
How and where to find the best prices?
1. NearMe – This search engine has a huge pool of acupuncturists with very low prices.
2. Check for deals on coupon sites like Groupon.
3. Purchase multiple visits at once. This is usually recommended after visiting for at least one session. The common price difference is a discount of 10-30 percent off normal.
4. Check to see if there is an insurance company that covers the costs of acupuncture.
5. Ask the acupuncturist for a discount – yes, and many of them will give it to you, so why not try?
Extras that you have to take into account when considering costs:
Many acupuncturists recommend that patients combine the use of herbal Chinese medicine with acupuncture.
Some will say that these clinics are trying to earn a few more dollars off of you from the sale of these herbs, so if you want to try to buy these plants independently, the prices will probably be lower.
Tip – Some of the acupuncturists will tell you they’re interested in a tip, usually 10-20 percent of the cost.
If the acupuncturist is an employee, then it may be respectable to tell patients about this tip, but if it is an independent therapist, it would not be honorable to ask for a tip, even in a non-direct manner, which shows greed.