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How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?

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Last Updated Aug 21, 2020

Acupuncture is fast becoming one of the most well known and most popular alternative therapies, but how much does it cost?  The good news is that it’s cheaper than you may think.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture operates on the theory that each person has a constant energy flow that circulates around the body.  Pain and illness occur when the flow is blocked or stagnates for some reason.  It is believed that there are hundreds of acupuncture points down the length of the body.  To stimulate these points and redirect the energy flow, fine needles are used.  However, there is another form of acupuncture that uses lasers instead of needles.  Laser acupuncture has exactly the same effect as traditional acupuncture, making it perfect for the needle phobic. 

How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?

How much acupuncture costs depends on the length of the treatment.  The cost is determined by the acupuncturist and it is usually in line with other acupuncturists in the same area.  It is always best to enquire about the cost of the treatment when you are making your appointment.

A treatment session with an acupuncturist can cost anywhere from $25 to $80 depending on the practitioner.  This generally includes the diagnosis and treatment.  The initial consultation or session may cost more, as it is generally longer in duration.  Anything outside of the normal treatment, such as herbs, will incur an extra cost.  Some acupuncturists will provide discounted rates for students, health care card owners or pensioners.  The number of treatments that you will need is determined at the initial session, and will depend on the severity of your condition.

Are There Rebates Available for Acupuncture?

There is a Medicare rebate of $21.45 for every acupuncture session.  It can be claimed as a Medicare MBS Item is the practitioner is a medical doctor.  Acupuncture treatments are also covered by most major private health funds in Australia, depending on the level of cover that you have.  Your health fund or the practitioner will be able to tell you if you are covered.  Acupuncture is also recognised by WorkCover in Australia.

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Originally published on Jan 08, 2018

FAQs About Acupuncture

How long is a session of acupuncture?

An acupuncture session may last for 30 minutes or an hour and a half. The duration and the number of sessions that you need to attend will depend on the condition you want to address.

How often do you need to get acupuncture?

The number of acupuncture treatments you need will depend on your condition and the progress you make. However, it's worth noting that you won't see instant results after the first session. Most patients attend two sessions per week for a month or two.

Does acupuncture really work?

Yes. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that has been proven effective in treating chronic pain and other health disorders which stem from energy blockages. This type of therapy stimulates different acupuncture points of the body to eliminate the blocks, increase energy flow and improve the state of one's health.

What should you not do after acupuncture?

After an acupuncture session, avoid consuming alcohol and coffee as these beverages can lead to dehydration. You must also avoid strenuous exercises and activities. Do drink plenty of water and get ample rest.

What are the dangers of acupuncture?

The most common side effects of acupuncture include bleeding, soreness or bruising in the areas of the skin where the needles have been inserted. However, the likelihood of experiencing these is low if you seek a certified practitioner.

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