280 East 3rd Ave. Escondido, CA 92025
How often should I come?
At Harmony, we want you to experience maximum relief from your health complaints in the shortest amount of time possible. Acupuncture works best when you are treated frequently and regularly and treatment effects are cumulative. While a single treatment can provide short term relief, frequent and regular treatments are required for long term benefit. In Asia, a course of treatment may be 12 treatments over 2 to 3 weeks and some cases require several courses of these treatments. We designed our clinic around the sliding scale which reduces the typical cost of treatment by 60% to 80%. We wanted to make the treatments as affordable as we possibly could, so that you can get enough treatments to get well. That is our primary focus. For acupuncture to have a lasting effect, it is best to receive it frequently and often enough for a cumulative improvement in your health.
- Wear comfortable clothes that allow access to areas below the elbows and knees.
- Please avoid use of perfume or cologne.
- It is good to have something to eat about an hour before the treatment.
- Please turn cell phones off when entering the wellness center.
- If possible, set aside some time after your treatment to rest.
There are a number of forms for you to complete for your first visit. So that we may both save time, we have attached these forms on this page below for your convenience. In order that we may develop a complete and comprehensive picture of your health according to Chinese medical diagnosis, we ask that you complete the “New Patient Intake Form” to the best of your ability. All of this is important to develop a clear diagnosis, so that together, we can get to the root of your main health concern. The additional forms can be reviewed in the privacy of your own home and we ask that you sign them and bring them with you on your first visit.
Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Treatments
Some insurance carriers are beginning to include acupuncture coverage. You can find out if your policy has acupuncture benefits by calling your insurance company's patient information or benefits line. This number can be found on your insurance card.
If your insurance provider does cover acupuncture, here are a few questions that you can ask to determine your eligibility and coverage:
1. Does my policy have acupuncture coverage?
2. How much is my co-pay for acupuncture?
3. Will I need a referral to see the acupuncturist?
4. What is my deductible?
5. What conditions are covered for acupuncture? (Many plans only cover the treatment of pain)
6. Do you have a combined benefit with acupuncture, chiropractic, and naturopath?
If you have acupuncture coverage, please complete our Insurance Eligibility Request Form and return it to Harmony Community Wellness Center via email to Kathleen@HCWcenter.com or drop it off at our office. It may take up to 5 business days to confirm eligibility. You will be advised once coverage has been determined. We will also verify your co-pay amount.
Insurance carriers pre-approve 5-8 acupuncture treatments at a time. The amount of treatments pre-approved depends on your provider. After you have completed the pre-approved treatments, we will evaluate your needs and request approval for additional treatments if needed.
For insurance inquiries, please email Kathleen@HCWcenter.com
Below are some guidelines that apply to most cases:
If your problem is new- For cases of recent injury or illness, you will experience the best benefit from multiple visits in a short period of time. We usually recommend two to five treatments per week, for a couple of weeks. By this time, you should feel much better and you and your acupuncturist can determine if further treatments are needed.
If you have a long term or chronic problem- It is usually best to start with a series of treatments close together, usually twice per week, for a period of time and then gradually increase the amount of time between treatments as your condition improves.
Many new patients want to know what to expect during the acupuncture treatment. With the insertion of the acupuncture needles you may feel a few things. You may feel a dull ache, a tingling sensation local to the needle or elsewhere in the body, a sensation of fullness, or the sensation of energy moving in the body. That’s all normal. But if you feel anything sharp, that’s the needle you are feeling and just let us know, as we want you to feel as comfortable as possible while you are receiving your care here. Also, after treatment, you may feel grounded, relaxed and possibly “spacey”. That’s normal with acupuncture, as we always work on balancing the body, mind and spirit. In general, the first visit takes about 60 to 90 minutes, with subsequent treatments lasting about 45 to 6o minutes.
Harmony Community Wellness Center