- Question from Hetty: How much do treatments cost? Will my insurance cover any of them?
It's highly variable depending on what you're talking about. Acupuncture, depending on the part of the country, can run from $30 to $150 a session, depending on who's doing it. The cost of herbs depends on the ingredients. Americans may not be used to the fact that there are expensive herbs, but there are.
Asians are accustomed to expensive herbs. With ginseng, for example, there's $10,000 an ounce ginseng, and there's $1 an ounce ginseng, just like there are different vintages and varieties of wines, and pricing is very different. Generally, it should not be too expensive.
Insurance does not cover herbs. Insurance sometimes covers acupuncture, depending on the insurance company and the policy you have with them. It may be subject to indications and qualifications of the practitioner. There are regional differences also on that.
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