Cost: All general Acupuncture sessions are charged at a $65 flat rate for 60 minutes, or $90 for 90 minutes. Cosmetic Acupuncture sessions are charged at $75 for 60 minutes or $100 for 90 minutes.
Private Health Funds: HICAPS is available within clinic for easy claims with all Private Health Funds who cover Acupuncture as part of their extras cover. HCF is not currently registered with HICAPS, in which case a receipt will be issued at the end of your treatment allowing you to claim your rebate either online or in person.
Initial treatment: In the first session a thorough health assessment will be taken, with information collected pertaining to both Western and Chinese Medicine frameworks, and including both tongue and pulse analysis. It is asked that new clients arrive 5-10 minutes early so as to fill in a ‘Patient Details and Consent’ form prior to the commencement of the initial interview. Following this health assessment, a working diagnosis and an initial treatment plan will be formulated and delivered in a nurturing and soothing environment.
Follow up: With each follow up a review will be taken of your response to treatment and the treatment plan will be adjusted, as needed. This follow up interview is a necessary part of each session as your signs and symptoms may change, requiring shifting focus of treatment, however it will not be as lengthy as the initial consultation. The revised treatment plan will then be delivered.
Number of treatments required: The number of Acupuncture treatments required is dependent upon the complexity of the condition as well as how well the person responds to treatment. Some people and conditions will respond very quickly, whereas others will see a more gradual improvement. Treatments are generally recommended to start at once per week (twice for more acute conditions dependent upon patient circumstances) and then become more spaced out as the body returns to balance. As a rule of thumb, the longer the period of time the problem has existed for, the longer it will take for a satisfactory result to be achieved.
Some people may have a resolution to their issues and never need to return, while others might need to continue to maintain the balance in their body by returning for treatment once every month/two months/three months… for a ‘tune up’. This is very much dependent upon the cause of the problem and whether this has been able to be fully resolved, for example lifestyle factors or chronic disease may only allow management rather than resolution of a person’s condition.