You may have heard of the amazing benefits of acupuncture and have been curious about trying it. I know when I first heard my boyfriend talking about his experience with it, I was dying to check it out myself. However, there was so much ambiguity around the whole idea. I didn’t know how much it would cost, who I should go to for treatment and if it could help me with the issues I was facing.
Luckily, I had my eyes and ears open at the time and happened to stumble upon community acupuncture (basically acupuncture done in a room with other people, which makes it more cost-effective) at a yoga studio I had been frequenting. I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to test the acupuncture waters since services were offered on a sliding scale of $20-45 (an individual acupuncture session typically costs between $80-150) and were being offered in a setting that I was already familiar with.
It ended up being a great experience! I’ve since been a regular recipient of acupuncture for a couple of years now and have found its effects to be truly transformative for total health – mind, body and spirit. If you’ve been curious about acupuncture, but are interested in trying community acupuncture to ensure affordability, I’ve compiled a list of organizations that provide reduced fee services to the community in a group setting. Enjoy!
1 | Yogala Studios, Echo Park
Yogala is my all-time favorite yoga studio in Los Angeles (and I’ve been to many!) The vibe there is so low-key and healing to me. This is where I first tried community acupuncture and really enjoyed it. The acupuncturist at the time was Kathy Comstock, L.Ac., who no longer practices there. Now Amalia Gardner, L.Ac. has taken up providing low-cost acupuncture ($20-45 for 45 minutes) to the Yogala community. You can learn more about the schedule and about Amalia here.
2 | Slo Poke Acupuncture, South Pasadena
Slo Poke is located in the Fremont Center Theatre building and offers community acupuncture at a reduced rate. An initial consultation costs $55 and ongoing treatment costs $45. Slo Poke also offers package deals of 5 sessions for $210 or 10 sessions for $400. Services are provided by Emily Huffman, L.Ac. and sessions are by appointment only, so make sure you call ahead of time. You can learn more about Emily and get in touch with her here.
3 | Eagle Rock Community Acupuncture
ERCA provides community acupuncture 6 days a week and offers online scheduling for the client’s ease. Their fees are $45 for an initial visit and $35 for follow-ups. Services are provided by three licensed acupuncturists, Valerie Brown, Jae Kim and Benita Safaryans. ERCA also gives discounts for 5, 10 and 20 treatment packages (costing $160, $300 and $560, respectively.) Lastly, ERCA has a private room option for those who prefer privacy for their treatment at an additional $15 cost. Click here to learn more and to schedule an appointment.
4 | Center Point Community Acupuncture, North Hollywood
Center Point’s owner and founder Mike Gonzalez, L.Ac. is passionate about providing low-cost acupuncture to his community. Through utilizing a group setting, he’s able to offer services at the low cost of $20-40 per session. To learn more, visit his website.
5 | Echo Park Community Acupuncture
EPCA is home to a small group of acupuncturists who are committed to providing affordable acupuncture to the Echo Park community. The clinic charges $40 minimum for a first treatment and $25 minimum for follow-up treatments. They have wonderful testimonials on their Yelp profile, which you can view here.
6 | Village Community Acupuncture, Sherman Oaks
Owner Steven K. is a licensed acupuncturist who believes that acupuncture should be affordable to all. His clinic consists of a small group of acupuncturists who provide services at an affordable $35 per session rate. Steven’s belief about community acupuncture is that individuals should be able to afford to receive treatments multiple times a week to address the root cause of the issue, as opposed to covering up the symptoms. You can read testimonials on the Yelp profile here.
When I first was looking into acupuncture treatment, I was certainly worried about whether the needles would hurt or not. I found that my apprehension around the needles was the only unpleasant part of the experience. If your acupuncturist is gentle, the needles don’t feel like much of anything except a tiny pinch.
I hope these resources are helpful to you in your search for health and well-being. If you want to learn more about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, my favorite blog on the subject is Chinese Medicine Living.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Have you received acupuncture before? If so, what has your experience with acupuncture been like? If not, are you curious about trying it out? Do you have any fears around it? Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments below. Be well.
about the author
Hi! I'm Natalie. And my passion is helping people live more peaceful, meaningful lives. Through holistic therapy in Pasadena and here on the blog, my mission is to provide people with the support and tools they need to live their best life.