The short answer is, “it depends.” It depends on two main factors: your rate of response to acupuncture and the cause of why your body refuses to heal itself. These two factors help us to determine if we can help you, to what extent we will be able to help you, and the investment that’s involved. We say investment instead of cost because when you invest in something you get a return on your investment.
Cost is synonymous to expense, you pay money out and get nothing in return. If you are concerned mainly about cost, then we recommend you choose the medication route, because it’s usually covered by your insurance. However, be aware that medications will not fix your health problem and it will not stimulate your body to heal itself again; but it’ll mask the cause of your pain and symptoms, which means your body is falling apart, but you can’t feel it.
The question to ask yourself is can you afford not to try acupuncture? Certain chronic degenerative disorders like macular degeneration and degenerative disc disease, only worsen with time. Sometimes taking medications to help alleviate pain, but they do not slow down the degeneration process. Basically, your body continues to degenerate, but you don’t feel anything, because you used medication to mask the pain.
Eventually, degeneration progresses to a point of no return, which means the structural damage is so severe there’s no reversing it. By this time, surgery will be your only option. Even if you have insurance coverage for your surgery, you still have a deductible to pay, and what about the days off work you’ll have to take to recover, and the post-surgery therapy?
In the end, you end up with a medical bill of $20,000-$30,000 and lost wages, just because you chose to mask the problem with a $4 advil over the years. Instead of investing in fixing the problem or helping your body to heal itself, what could have been resolved with an investment of a few hundred dollars, will now cost you tens of thousands of dollars. So again, can you afford not to get your body to heal itself again?