Can you afford getting healthy?

A common question for so many Americans. Our question is “Can you afford not to?” 

Let’s take a look at some financial costs of the typical American living in the paradigm of “outdated thoughts, habits and tradition”. 

  • Health care in this country exceeds health care costs in rest of the world…combined! – This equates to $8,000 per person living in this country. 
  • Health care costs exceed the total costs of America’s education, agriculture and transportation combined. 
  • Over $800 Billion worth of pharmaceutical drugs are sold throughout the world each year; $400 Billion or 1/2 of these drugs ares sold to Americans. 
  • Once prescribed medication, the typical scenario is “take them for the rest of your life”. 

Leading cause of Bankruptcy in this country over the age of 65 is $250,000 worth of medical bills, due to lack of prevention. 

Here is what this might look like for you: 

1) Prescription and over-the-counter medications…$150/mth a. Over a 5 year period = $9,000
b. Over a 10 year period = $18,000
c. Over a 20 year period = $36,000 

2) High monthly insurance premiums (raise deductable to save $100/mth) a. Over a 5 year period = $6,000
b. Over a 10 year period = $12,000
c. Over a 20 year period = $24,000

By Investing into your health, you avoid the Expense of poor health and associated symptoms. By simply reducing the ongoing costs of “symptom based” medications and reducing your monthly insurance premiums you can easily save over $60,000 over a 20 year period. 

As you can see by this simple illustration, there are no Costs in getting healthy and staying healthy…..Only a exceptionally high Return -On- Investment! 

What can I expect in the first visit?

The initial consultation lasts about 60 minutes. Please make sure all paperwork is filled out beforehand. In this visit, we will discuss your report of findings based on your previous health history and current complaints. Please bring any recent lab work or test results as well as any supplement/medications you are currently taking. During this visit you will discuss with your practitioner, the best treatment options for moving forward. Spouses are more than welcome to join in the consultation and are encouraged to do so! If you would like to book acupuncture after your consultation please let us know prior to your appointment.

How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

Make sure you are not overly hungry or full before your arrive. Avoid alcohol the day of treatment and caffeine for 2-3 hours prior to your treatment. Though many treatments are done primarily on the hands, feet, and head, you may wish to wear comfortable clothing, or bring a comfortable change of clothes.

Do acupuncture needles hurt?

Acupuncture needles are thin and flexible. We exclusively use Serins, state of the art needles from Japan which are disposable and painless. The insertion is generally not noticeable and most people describe the needle sensation as pleasant. The body may feel heavy or points may generate a mild achy feeling or warmth. This is completely normal. If you experience any burning or discomfort please notify your practitioner. Acupuncture should not be painful. For especially needle-sensitive people or children, we can utilize other non-needle techniques.

Are there any potential side effects with acupuncture?

Occasionally there may be euphoria, extended feeling of bliss, light-headedness, dizziness, a sleepy-feeling, or nausea following a treatment. The potentially negative side effects, though rare, usually subside within 10-30 minutes and can be resolved by focused breathing, drinking water, eating, or rest. Though rare, slight bruising or residual muscle ache may also be experienced.

Will I feel better right away after acupuncture?

Your relief may be instant, or delayed by a couple hours, or by a few days. The relief may be permanent, or last days, weeks or months. If your condition is long-standing and relatively severe, you may not realize relief until your body has experienced the recommended series of treatments. During each visit your practitioner will reassess your progress and change your treatment plan accordingly. On rare occasions, symptoms may become briefly exaggerated. This is called a post-treatment “flare-up”. This reaction is self-limiting, is usually gone within 24 hours, and is replaced with improvement in the condition after the “flare-up”. If you experience this after your treatment, please notify your practitioner for support.

How long is an acupuncture session?

Acupuncture visits are between 45-60 minutes. Your treatment will take place in a comfortable, soothing, private room. We can provide music if you’d like to allow for a deeply relaxing atmosphere. It is not uncommon to fall into a deep sleep during treatment or simply relax as the mind quiets and takes on a peaceful state.

Do you recommend herbs or supplements?

If it is appropriate for your treatment, your practitioner will prescribe herbal support or nutritional supplements. This will be decided after a thorough review of your condition, medications and allergies. All our practitioners are thoroughly versed in herbal medicine and functional supplementation.

Do you take insurance?

We are in network providers with Cigna and Blue Shield of CA. Coverage includes pain conditions as well as nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy and oncology treatment. For out of network patients, we can bill your insurance on your behalf or provide you with a superbill.

What is your cancellation policy?

We require 24 hours prior notice for any changes to your scheduled appointment to avoid being billed for the full price of the missed service.