Posts Tagged ‘Acupuncture’

Our new article has been just published. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YjvU7STV7irBO

Citation: Fan AY, Ouyang H, Qian X, Wei H, Wang DD, He D, Tian H, Gong C, Matecki A,Alemi SF. Discussions on real-world acupuncture treatments for chronic low-back pain in older adults.J Integr Med.2019; 17(2): 71–76.



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via What is the Best Chinese Medicine School in China in 2018 (Scimago Ranking) 中国最好的中医药大学SCIMAGO2018排名

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Info from: https://www.daocloud.com/acupuncture/cost

As you can imagine, the cost of acupuncture varies from city to city and from one acupuncturist to the next. In this article, we’ll explore the kinds of costs you can expect when you seek treatment, the types of discounts you may be eligible for, how to find low-cost acupuncture using community clinics, and acupuncture costs in some of the major cities.

If you’re looking to use insurance, we’ll reveal which insurance companies will pay for acupuncture treatment, And if you’re looking for a specific treatment for weight loss, back pain, infertility, or migraines, we’ll also give you an idea of what you can expect to pay for those treatments.


  1. How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?
  2. Typical Costs
  3. Discounts
  4. Total cost
  5. How to find low cost acupuncture (please consider the quality before consider low cost)
  6.  Which insurance companies cover acupuncture?
  7.  Acupuncture Cost by City
  8.  Cost by treatment type
  9.  For infertility
  10.  For Weight Loss
  11.  For Back Pain
  12.  For Migraines
  13.  Additional costs to consider
  14.  Tips for shopping for acupuncture
  15.  Frequently Asked Questions
  16.  Does medicare cover acupuncture?
  17.  Does medicaid cover acupuncture?
  18.  Do Medicare supplemental insurance plans cover acupuncture?
  19.  Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Typical Costs

Fees for your first session of acupuncture may include an initial consultation, medical exam, and acupuncture treatment. This will cost between $120 to $240. Additional visits may cost $75 to $160.


Many acupuncturists offer a discount when you purchase multiple treatments. So for example, if you were to purchase one session at $150 or six sessions at $600, bringing the price down to $100 per session.

Other popular discounts are:

  • Student discounts
  • Senior discounts
  • Child discounts

Ask your acupuncturist if they offer any of these discounts to get a better price on your treatments. For example, in Atlanta, an acupuncture treatment will cost $120, but a student discount brings it to $85, and for a child, it’s only $65.

Total cost

According to consumer reports , people spent more than $200 out of pocket over the course of their full treatment for acupuncture and almost one in four spent $500 or more.

How to find low cost acupuncture

Non-profit community acupuncture clinics are gaining popularity. These clinics, like Phoenix Community Acupuncture , offer low cost acupuncture on a sliding scale, $17-$35. Look for a community acupuncture clinic in your area to find low cost acupuncture.

Which insurance companies cover acupuncture?

The following insurance companies may cover your acupuncture, depending on your plan. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to verify coverage before seeking treatment. Your acupuncturist may also be able to assist you.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Johns Hopkins EHP
  • Kennedy Krieger’s Core Source
  • Landmark
  • Optum
  • United Health Care

Acupuncture Cost by City


These prices estimate the costs you may expect to pay for acupuncture without insurance. To determine these prices, we sampled acupuncturists listed in the Google business directory in each area.

Cost by City

City Acupuncture Session Cost
Atlanta $80
Austin $85
Baltimore $90
Boston $100
Charlotte $80
Chicago $95
Cincinnati $100
Cleveland $85
Columbus $75
Dallas $85
Denver $125
Houston $160
Indianapolis $95
Kansas City $75
Las Vegas $70
Los Angeles $120
Louisville $85
Memphis $75
Miami $120
Milwaukee $90
Minneapolis $120
Nashville $100
New Orleans $85
New York $300
Oklahoma City $75
Philadelphia $95
Phoenix $75
Portland $150
Raleigh $75
Richmond $90
Salt Lake City $75
San Diego $108
San Francisco $150
San Jose $85
Seattle $135
St Louis $60
Tampa $125
Washington DC $160

Cost by treatment type

For infertility

If you suffer from infertility, plan to pay a lot of money to increase your chances of getting pregnant. A typical acupuncture program for fertility might last three to six months, with treatments every week. Plan for a major portion of your expenses upfront with various diagnostic tests running from $160 to $325, which may include:

  • Male hormone panel
  • Female hormone panel
  • Estrogen ratio test
  • Adrenal salivary index
  • Salivary food sensitivity panel

Sample infertility costs

Initial Visit $150

Female hormone panel $325

Estrogen ratio test $200

Herbs ($150 monthly) $900

Weekly acupuncture for 6 months $1,680


Total Cost $3,255

For Weight Loss

If you need to lose some weight, acupuncture could help. Weekly acupuncture was shown to improve weight loss in this study. If you figure three months of acupuncture to accompany your exercise regime, you’d spend $840 or more depending on the per session cost.

For Back Pain

If you consider testimonial and anecdotal evidence, some people have used acupuncture to become free from pain in has few as 24 sessions. If you figure on a cost per session of $70 to $150, that amounts to $1,680 to $3,600.

However, some research suggests the effects of acupuncture on pain are temporary. In this case, you might need weekly acupuncture on an ongoing basis, resulting in a cost of $280 to $600 monthly for your back pain.

For Migraines

The same situation is true from migraines as back pain. Considering that you may need ongoing acupuncture treatment to relieve the pain associated with you migraines and keep them at bay, you may need to plan on spending anywhere from $280 to $1200 for weekly or bi-weekly acupuncture treatment.

Additional costs to consider

Here are some additional costs you may need to consider before purchasing an acupuncture treatment.

  • Herbs and supplements. Many acupuncture clinics will recommend patients take Chinese herbs or other supplements as part of their treatment program. These will always cost additional money above and beyond your acupuncture treatment, ranging from $30 to $150 monthly.
  • Tui Na. Your treatment may begin with an optional Tui Na session. This is similar to massage, but with a therapeutic emphasis, rather than relaxation. You may be charged extra for Tui Na.
  • Gratuity. With most bodywork, you may be expected to leave a tip for your practitioner; somewhere between 10-20%. Some clinics encourage gratuity while others discourage it.

Tips for shopping for acupuncture

  1. Ask your friends for a recommendation.
  2. Research online.
  3. Read online reviews.
  4. Understand the practitioners training and specializations.
  5. Call and ask for an introductory session. (Don’t forget to ask about what insurance they take)
  6. Go to your first appointment and evaluate the doctor and the office.
  7. Make a decision to return or keep looking for an acupuncturist you like.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does medicare cover acupuncture?

No. Medicare does not cover acupuncture.

Does medicaid cover acupuncture?

No. Medicaid does not cover acupuncture

Do Medicare supplemental insurance plans cover acupuncture?

Some Medicare supplemental insurance plans provide coverage for acupuncture treatment but most don’t offer coverage.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

While many insurance companies are beginning to cover acupuncture, most plans that do are higher cost plans. If you have had chronic pain for six months and the traditional forms of treatment, like drugs or physical therapy have been ineffective, there’s a higher chance your insurance will cover your acupuncture treatments.

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Our clinical trial protocol has been published recently in Journal of Integrative Medicine, the PDF of whole article is available based on request.

Effectiveness of two different acupuncture strategies in patients with vulvodynia: Study protocol for a pilot pragmatic controlled trial.

Fan AY, Alemi SF, Zhu YH, Rahimi S, Wei H, Tian H, He D, Gong C, Yang G, He C, Ouyang H.  J Integr Med. 2018 Oct 10. pii: S2095-4964(18)30103-1. doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2018.10.004. [Epub ahead of print]



Vulvodynia, or vulvar pain, is a common condition in women; however, there are few evidence-based clinical trials evaluating nonpharmacological therapies for this condition. Acupuncture is one complementary and integrative medicine therapy used by some patients with vulvodynia. This study evaluates two different acupuncture strategies for the treatment of vulvodynia and aims to evaluate whether either of the acupuncture protocols reduces vulvar pain, pain duration or pain with intercourse. The study also examines how long the effect of acupuncture lasts in women with vulvodynia.


The study is designed as a randomized controlled trial, focused on two acupuncture protocols. Fifty-one patients who have had vulvodynia for more than 3 months will be recruited. Among them, 34 patients will be randomized into Groups 1a and 1b; those who are unwilling to receive acupuncture will be recruited into the standard care group (Group 2). Patients in Group 1a will have acupuncture focused on the points in the pudendal nerve distribution area, while patients in Group 1b will receive acupuncture focused on traditional (distal) meridian points. Patients in Group 2 will receive routine conventional treatments, such as using pain medications, local injections and physical therapies or other nonsurgical procedures. Acupuncture will last 45 min per session, once or twice a week for 6 weeks. The primary outcome measurement will be objective pain intensity, using the cotton swab test. The secondary outcome measurement will be subjective patient self-reported pain intensity, which will be conducted before cotton swab test. Pain intensities will be measured by an 11-point Numeric Pain Rating Scale. Pain duration and pain score during intercourse are recorded. Local muscle tension, tenderness and trigger points (Ashi points) are also recorded. All measurements will be recorded at baseline (before the treatment), at the end of each week during treatment and at the end of the 6 weeks. Follow-up will be done 6 weeks following the last treatment.


Results of this trial will provide preliminary data on whether acupuncture provides better outcomes than nonacupuncture treatments, i.e., standard care, and whether acupuncture focused on the points in pudendal nerve distribution, near the pain area, has better results than traditional acupuncture focused on distal meridian points for vulvodynia.


Clinicaltrials.gov: NCT03481621. Register: March 29, 2018.

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Every treatment should have a proper dose or dosage to reach the effect, medication does, and acupuncture does.

For Acupuncture, in recent years, especially in north America,many patients and acupuncturists seem reach some-kind of a “consensus” in how acupuncture should be used in daily treatment, it looks like:

  1. use smaller needles, such as 0.14-0.16 mm in needle diameter, gauge 40-42;
  2. insert in less than 0.5 inch, or 1 cm;
  3. use more needles;
  4. 30-45 minutes;
  5. once or twice per weeks.

How often? or how many sessions in a period of time?  according to 2012 National Health Interview Survey, most of patients for acupuncture did NOT get enough sessions’ treatments. A paper mentioned, there were only 38% acupuncture patients getting 6 or more treatments in that year- if we consider such patients continuously saw a healthcare professional to treat their illness or disorder by acupuncture, in stead of getting acupuncture intermittently – the gap was more than one or two weeks.

In China, patients usually get deeper (more than one inch in many body area) acupuncture by “big” needles such as needle diameter 0.35mm (gauge 28) or 0.40mm (gauge 26). Once a day for 10 sessions in two weeks as one treatment course. It seems more effective.

However, the bigger in needle size (in diameter), the more painful. This may affect many patients’ acceptance to acupuncture. For some illness or disorders, smaller needles also effective, but for some other disorders or illness, smaller needles and shallow needling will not be effective.

On other hand, we should aware of age of patients, the reaction of patients, and different status in same patient. Younger patient may have quicker and bigger effect than the older patients. If a patient is very sensitive to acupuncture, smaller stimulation also can get bigger results.

Also, for acupuncture, the damage of nerve path may causes a difficult/weak to get the acupuncture effectiveness. So, in stroke patients or other neurological disorders/illness, acupuncture stimulation may need more, either in actually stimulation techniques or other related techniques, for instance, suggestion, encouraging, leaded exercises, etc.

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42 0 (01) .14mm Lime Green
40 1 .16mm Red
38 2 .18mm Ivory (Yellow)
36 3 .20mm Blue
34 4 .22mm Pink
32 5 .25mm Purple
30 8 .30mm Brown
28 10 .35mm *
26 12 .40mm *


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13mm 15mm 1/2″
25mm 30mm 1″
40mm 40mm 1 ½”
50mm 50mm 2″
60mm 60mm 2½”
75mm * 3″
100mm * 4″
125mm * 5″
150mm * 6″


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Auricular Interventions in Neurology: the Vascular Autonomic Signal challenge

Quah-Smith, Im M.D. PhD


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Arthur Yin Fan   (Also known as 樊蓥)

  • Country:  United States
  • Keywords: Integrative Medicine
  • Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine – Hanzhongmen Campus:NanjingJiangsuChina

    1995-09-01 to 1998-06-30 PhD (Internal Medicine)
    Source: Arthur Yin Fan
  • Nanjing Medical UniversityNanjingJiangsuChina

    1989-06-01 to 1990-05-30 Fellow in Neurology (Nanjing Brain Hospital)
    Source: Arthur Yin Fan
  • Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine – Hanzhongmen Campus:NanjingJiangsuChina

    1981-09-01 to 1986-06-30 MD (Clinical Medicine)
    Source: Arthur Yin Fan
  • McLean Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, PLC:ViennaVirginiaUnited States

    2003-05-01 to present Director (Clinic and Research)
    Source: Arthur Yin Fan
  • University of Maryland BaltimoreBaltimoreMDUnited States

    2002-08-01 to 2005-05-31 NIH Fellow / researcher (The Center for Integrative Medicine)
    Source: Arthur Yin Fan
  • Georgetown University School of MedicineWashingtonDCUnited States

    2001-05-30 to 2002-08-01 Postdoc / researcher (Physiology)
    Source: Arthur Yin Fan
  • Nanjing Institute of Chinese MedicineNanjingJiangsuChina

    1998-05-01 to 2001-05-01 Researcher (Internal Medicine)
    Source: Arthur Yin Fan
  • Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine The Third HospitalNanjing,JiangsuChina

    1986-08-15 to 2001-05-01 MD (Internal Medicine)
    Source: Arthur Yin Fan
    • A Pilot Study on Yang-Deficiency Syndrome And Pain Sensitivity in Rats

      NCCIH, NIH (Washington, DCWashington, DCUnited States)
      200307 to 200407 | Award
      • Award: Under P50-00084
      Source: Arthur Yin Fan
    • Evidence and expert opinions: Dry needling versus acupuncture (III) – The American Alliance for Professional Acupuncture Safety (AAPAS) White Paper 2016.Chinese journal of integrative medicine

      2017-03 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Evidence and expert opinions: Dry needling versus acupuncture (II) : The American Alliance for Professional Acupuncture Safety (AAPAS) White Paper 2016.Chinese journal of integrative medicine

      2017-02 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Response to Dommerholt and Stanborough re: “Evidence That Dry Needling Is the Intent to Bypass Regulation to Practice Acupuncture in the United States”.

      2017-01 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Evidence and expert opinions: Dry needling versus acupuncture (I) : The American Alliance for Professional Acupuncture Safety (AAPAS) White Paper 2016.

      2017-01 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Trial suggests both acupuncture and acupressure are effective at reducing menopausal hot flashes.

      2016-08 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Evidence That Dry Needling Is the Intent to Bypass Regulation to Practice Acupuncture in the United States.

      2016-08 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • The history of acupuncture anesthesia for pneumonectomy in Shanghai during the 1960s.

      2016-07 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • The legendary life of Dr. Gim Shek Ju, the founding father of the education of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the United States.

      2016-05 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Acupuncture is Effective for Chronic Knee Pain: A Reanalysis of the Australian Acupuncture Trial.

      2016-03 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Dr. William Prensky: The birth of the acupuncture profession in the United States (1969-1979) – the Institute for Taoist Studies and the National Acupuncture Association.

      2016-01 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Dr. Gene Bruno: The beginning of the acupuncture profession in the United States (1969-1979)–acupuncture, medical acupuncture and animal acupuncture.

      2015-09 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • The methodology flaws in Hinman’s acupuncture clinical trial, Part III: Sample size calculation.

      2015-07 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • The methodology flaws in Hinman’s acupuncture clinical trial, Part II: Zelen design and effectiveness dilutions.

      2015-05 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • The methodology flaws in Hinman’s acupuncture clinical trial, part I: design and results interpretation.

      2015-03 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Nevada: the first state that fully legalized acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the Unites States – in memory of Arthur Steinberg, Yee Kung Lok and Jim Joyce who made it happen.

      2015-03 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • The earliest acupuncture school of the United States incubated in a Tai Chi Center in Los Angeles.

      2014-11 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • “Obamacare” covers fifty-four million Americans for acupuncture as Essential Healthcare Benefit.

      2014-07 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Dr. Miriam Lee: a heroine for the start of acupuncture as a profession in the State of California.

      2014-05 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Dialogue with Dr. Lixing Lao: from a factory electrician to an international scholar of Chinese medicine. Interview by Arthur Yin Fan.

      2013-07 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • The beginning of acupuncture in Washington, D.C. and Maryland: an interview with Dr. Yeh-chong Chan. Interview by Fan Arthur Yin and Fan Ziyi.

      2013-05 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Dr. Ralph Coan: a hero in establishing acupuncture as a profession in the United States.

      2013-01 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Dr. Wu: a beautiful, moving and meditative song — in memory of Dr. Jing Nuan Wu, a pioneer of acupuncture and a Chinese medicine doctor in the United States.

      2012-08 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • The first acupuncture center in the United States: an interview with Dr. Yao Wu Lee, Washington Acupuncture Center. Interview by Arthur Yin Fan.

      2012-05 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Preclinical safety evaluation of the aqueous acetone extract of Chinese herbal formula Modified Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan.

      2010-05 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Huo-Luo-Xiao-Ling Dan modulates antigen-directed immune response in adjuvant-induced inflammation.

      2009-05 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Extract of the Chinese herbal formula Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan inhibited adjuvant arthritis in rats.

      2009-01 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Anti-hyperalgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of the modified Chinese herbal formula Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan (HLXL) in rats.

      2006 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Effects of an acetone extract of Boswellia carterii Birdw. (Burseraceae) gum resin on adjuvant-induced arthritis in lewis rats.

      2005-10 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Effects of an acetone extract of Boswellia carterii Birdw. (Burseraceae) gum resin on rats with persistent inflammation.

      2005-04 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Electroacupuncture attenuates inflammation in a rat model.

      2005-02 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Antihypertensive and metabolic effects of whole Maitake mushroom powder and its fractions in two rat strains.

      2002-08 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Hepatoprotective ability of a novel botanical formulation on mild liver injury in rats produced by acute acetaminophen and/or alcohol ingestion.

      2001 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • MMPI manifestations of Chinese migraine syndromes: a control study.

      1999 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central
    • Dr. Zhou Zhongying’s experience in TCM treatment of Parkinson’s disease.Journal of traditional Chinese medicine = Chung i tsa chih ying wen pan

      1998-09 | journal-article
      Source: Europe PubMed Central

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