Whole Health Acupuncture™
Always wanted to try acupuncture but couldn’t afford it?
We offer acupuncture on a sliding scale; you pay what you can!
Whole Health offers acupuncture in a community setting. This enables us to offer you treatments on a sliding scale ranging from $20-$40 ($30-$50 for the initial visit). You select the amount you can afford, no questions asked. The number of treatments will depend on your condition and will be arrived at with your practitioner on your first visit. Acupuncture is most effective when done consistently and for a full course of treatment. This will help you find relief of your symptoms faster, so that you can get back to work, and back to the things that you enjoy. Also with this pricing method, one can afford to have acupuncture simply because it feels good. Community acupuncture allows you and your loved ones to be able to afford this gift, and is a perfect solution for affordable healthcare for the uninsured and under-insured. We do not require documentation of your financial status; you determine the cost of your treatment each time you come. Price per treatment can be different depending on your finances, your mood, or if you are paying for a friend to try it with you. Health is not just the absence of disease and prevention is not just early detection!
Acupuncture is safe, simple healthcare!
Side Effects of Acupuncture include: relief from asthma, arthritis, indigestion, depression, anxiety, PMS, sinusitis, insomnia, fibromyalgia, hot flashes, high blood pressure, infertility, constipation, side effects of chemotherapy, common cold, any kind of imaginable pain (frozen shoulder, low back pain, sciatica, tendonitis, bursitis etc).
Acupuncture patients report improved quality of sleep, energy, mood, getting sick less often, all while reducing stress, regardless of their main complaint.
*The Whole Health Meditation CD is now available and includes 7 guided meditations written by Kara Canga-Arguelles and Sarah Zender with original music by Venus Laurel. Purchase your CD today for $10.
Whole Health Acupuncture serves the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago: Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights, Itasca, Bensenville, Mt. Prospect, Des Plaines, and Northbrook.
What is different about our acupuncture center?
We treat in a community setting:
Most US acupuncturists (Licensed Acupuncturist Elk Grove Village) treat patients on tables in individual cubicles. This is not traditional in Asia, where acupuncture usually occurs in a community setting. In our clinic we primarily use recliners, clustered in groups in a quiet, soothing space. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits: its easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together; many patients find it comforting; and a collective energetic field becomes established, which actually makes individual treatments more powerful. In some styles of acupuncture, the needles are removed after only a few minutes or half hour at most. The style of acupuncture we practice at Whole Health Acupuncture allows patients to keep their needles in as long as they want, and the “right amount of time” varies from patient to patient. Most people learn after a few treatments when they feel “done.” This can take from twenty minutes to a couple of hours! Many people fall asleep, and wake feeling refreshed (Patient Testimonials).
We have a sliding scale:
Most US acupuncturists also see only one patient per hour and charge $65-175 per treatment. They tend to spend a long time talking to each patient, going over medical records, and asking many questions. We don’t. The only way that we at Whole Health Acupuncture can make acupuncture affordable, and still make a living ourselves, is to streamline our treatments and see multiple patients in an hour, so we have returned to the traditional approach; instead of asking you lots of questions, we rely on tongue and pulse diagnosis to decide how to treat you. This is exactly how acupuncture is practiced traditionally in Asia: many patients per hour and very little talking.
Because we have a sliding scale, we can not do insurance billing (that’s the insurance companies’ rule). If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we will be happy to give you a payment receipt, and you can submit it; if that’s ok with the insurance company.
Our Commitment to You:
We want to make it possible for you to receive acupuncture regularly enough and long enough to get better and stay better. We want our community to be welcoming to all different kinds of people. We want to give you the tools to take care of your own health so that you will not need to rely on corporations like big insurance companies or pharmaceutical companies for costly, high tech interventions. We will provide a safe environment with skilled practitioners.
What We Need From You During Acupuncture:
Whole Health Acupuncture does not provide primarily care medicine (Resources)! Acupuncture is a wonderful compliment to western medicine, but it is not a substitute for it. If you think you have a problem that is not “garden variety” (meaning, you are worried that you might have a serious infection, a malignant growth, or an injury that won’t heal), or if you want someone knowledgeable to go over the details of your medical history with you, you need to see a primary care physician (ND, MD, or DO). You can not expect us to diagnose and treat something really serious with just acupuncture. We can provide complimentary care for conditions which require a physician’s attention—for instance, we often treat patients for the side effects of chemotherapy. But we need you to take responsibility for your own health.
Whole Health Acupuncture does not receive grants, state or federal money, or insurance reimbursement. Whole Health Acupuncture exists because patients pay for their treatments-it is a sustainable community business model.
The soothing atmosphere in our clinic exists because all of our patients create it by relaxing together. We appreciate everyone’s presence! This kind of collective stillness is a rare and precious thing in our rushed and busy society. Maintaining this reservoir of calm during acupuncture requires that no one talk very much in the clinic space. If you would like to speak to a practitioner one-on-one at any length, please let us know. If you want to have a substantial conversation, we will probably need to schedule that separately and might need to do it by phone.
Part of our success is that our patients learn the “acupuncture routine” and take on a lot of responsibility for the appointments. Re-scheduling and making payments happens at the front desk BEFORE each acupuncture treatment, so you can relax and enjoy the treatment. Please take all personal belongings, (bags, shoes, etc) with you back into the treatment room. And of course, please turn off your cell phone.
The community setting requires some flexibility from you. For instance, many patients have a favorite recliner. When we are busy, someone may be sitting in yours. Similarly, we have a few patients who snore. Other patients who dislike snoring bring earplugs to their acupuncture treatments. We are grateful for this! Some of our patients even bring favorite pillows or blankets from home with them, because they prefer theirs to ours. That’s fine with us. Basically, we need you to participate in making yourself comfortable in the community room before we arrive to treat you.
In terms of how long you want to stay—tell us, when you check in, if you need to be somewhere at a certain time! If you want to be unpinned at a specific time, we will make note of it and make sure you’re out on time. In general, if you feel done, open your eyes and give us a meaningful look—if your eyes are closed during the acupuncture process, we think you’re asleep and we won’t wake you up.
Acupuncture is a PROCESS (Schedule an Appointment). It is very rare for any acupuncturist to be able to resolve a problem with one treatment. In China, typical acupuncture treatment protocol for a chronic condition could be acupuncture every other day for three months! Most of our patients don’t need that much acupuncture, but virtually every patient requires a course of treatment, rather then a single treatment, in order to get what they want from acupuncture.
One big reason that we are able to keep our prices low is because of the extraordinary amount of marketing our patients do on our behalf—we don’t have to advertise. WE can not express how grateful we are for this. Our patients are such effective marketers because they have first-hand experience of how well acupuncture works. All of our satisfied patients basically made a commitment to a course of treatment.
On your first visit, your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment, which can be anything from “we’d like to see you once a week for six weeks” to “we’d really like to see you every day for the next four days”. This suggestion is based on our experience with treating different kinds of conditions. If you don’t come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture probably won’t work for you. The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you make that commitment. If you have questions about how long it will take to see results, please ask us, or if you think you need to adjust your treatment plan, please let us know. We need you to commit to the process of treatment in order to get good results.
And, last, but not least…enjoy the space. We do, and hope that Whole Health Acupuncture can be an important part of your community. Thank you.