- Low Cost – We have a sliding scale of $15-$40 per treatment (with a $15 intake fee on the first visit). You decide what you can afford at each visit. You will receive a personalized, high-quality treatment no matter what you pay.
- Experienced Professionals – We have been treating thousands of patients in the Salt Lake area for eight years and counting.
- Accessible – Our friendly and experienced acupuncturists are available seven days a week, including weekends and evenings.
- Convenient – Book online or call us to make an appointment. We are conveniently and centrally located in the Salt Lake area on 3900 South near 500 East.
- Calms and regulates the nervous system
- Decreases inflammation and relieves pain
- Increases blood flow and improves circulation
- Regulates and restores the balance of hormones and strengthens immunity
- Improves sense of well being and quality of life by helping to alleviate many kinds of suffering
What does acupuncture treat?
Some of the issues that we treat often and successfully are:
- back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, and other types of pain
- sports injuries
- headaches, including migraines
- sleep problems
- anxiety, depression, and stress
- respiratory issues and asthma
- fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders
- gastrointestinal and digestive issues
- women’s issues, including PMS, menstrual pain, and menopausal symptoms
- neurological issues, including Bell’s Palsy, Meniere’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, shingles, and TMJ
- many other conditions too numerous to list here
How does acupuncture work?
Although there are many theories as to why acupuncture works, the truth is that no one really knows for sure; no matter how it works, however, the evidence demonstrates that it does work, and works very well. That’s why so many health care practitioners (physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, chiropractors, counselors, etc.) refer their patients to Wasatch as a complementary therapy in conjunction with other medical treatment: acupuncture offers safe and effective results.
What does each acupuncture point do?
Do you use the pins more than once?
No. Our pins (needles) are sterile, single-use, and stainless-steel. They are disposed of after use in Sharps containers.
What kind of training and certification do your acupuncturists have?
All of our acupuncturists have a Master’s degree in acupuncture (a three- to four-year program), have passed the national certification exam, are certified in Clean Needle Technique, and are licensed to practice acupuncture by the State of Utah.
Don't you need to put pins in my hip/back/shoulder for acupuncture to work?
No, not at all. We are able to treat all kinds of conditions (even hip/back/shoulder pain) by using distal acupuncture. Distal acupuncture uses points on the extremities of the body (below the elbows/knees and on the head). Some styles of acupuncture favor lots of points on the torso but this is typically a matter of personal preference and style, and it isn’t necessary to get good results. We successfully treat pain in these areas multiple times a day, every day. The most important aspect of effective acupuncture is being able to get treatment often enough to get great results. That’s why we offer low-cost acupuncture treatments–so you can actually make use of acupuncture as much as you need to.
What is community acupuncture?
Wasatch is one of over 200 community acupuncture clinics that belongs to a national cooperative, the People’s Organization for Community Acupuncture (POCA). Clinics such as Wasatch must follow certain guidelines in order to be members of POCA, such as treating patients in a community treatment room and offering affordable prices.
Wasatch is deeply committed to the community acupuncture model, for many reasons:
- The best way to let people know how well acupuncture can work is to make it affordable enough for people to try it
- Healing in a room with other people is better than being alone
- Acupuncture has been practiced in groups for thousands of years
To read more about POCA, please click here. You will find information about POCA’s efforts to start and sustain community acupuncture clinics around the country, including through mentorship, training, and its micro-loan program. POCA has also started its own affordable acupuncture school, called POCA Tech. POCA Tech is a nonprofit institution that started in 2014 and is training the next generation of community acupuncturists (a scarce resource for community clinics around the country). POCA Tech can definitely use the support of the public: to read more, and to donate to POCA Tech, click here.
What should I pay on the sliding scale?
By getting acupuncture at Wasatch, you become part of our clinic community. The sliding scale is a tool we use to make acupuncture accessible to more people. Here’s a guide on how to use it:
- You will receive a high-quality, personalized treatment no matter what you pay on the scale. The number of pins you receive or how long you can stay is NOT affected by what you pay.
- Choose a level on the sliding scale that will allow you to come in enough to get great results. Wasatch needs to treat a LOT of people in order to cover our expenses and stay open. This means that we need you to get great results, so you can tell other people that acupuncture works, so that they will try it! If you have a good experience here, please do tell everybody you know!
- Different people need different amounts of acupuncture. You and your acupuncturist(s) will figure out how much you should get to obtain good results.
- Different people have different amounts of money to spend on acupuncture. That’s just the reality. It’s our mission to make access to acupuncture as equal as we possibly can. Whatever you pay on the sliding scale directly supports the clinic. We are not supported by any funding source other than what you pay us for your treatments, so we are grateful for everything.
- Wasatch is a nonprofit. That means nobody’s making a profit here. All of the revenues that you give us go into creating sustainable jobs in the clinic and providing more acupuncture. No matter what amount you choose to pay, by receiving acupuncture here you are supporting access to treatment for many other people in our community.
Do you treat pregnant women or fertility?
We love to treat our pregnant patients, but we do have a few limitations, in which case we will be happy to give you a referral. Generally, we do not treat issues that are directly related to pregnancy, but we do treat pregnant women who are experiencing issues such as headaches, backaches, insomnia, etc.
Here are some issues that we refer out:
- Patients in their first trimester
- Inducing labor
- Treating breech pregnancy
We are happy to provide you with referrals to local acupuncturists who specialize in this area.
We often treat women in order to help get their bodies healthy and their menstrual cycles regular; in many cases, this leads to women being able to get pregnant.
Complex reproductive issues often receive specialized care, and there are acupuncturists who specialize in those areas who are better able to deal with more complicated circumstances. For this reason, we normally refer patients to specialists in cases such as:
- Women who are 38 and older
- Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
- Women who have had multiple miscarriages
- Women with anatomical obstacles to pregnancy, such as an irregularly shaped uterus
- Women who have had severe endometriosis
- Women who have not become pregnant after several months of treatment at our clinic
We are happy to provide you with referrals to local acupuncturists who specialize in this area.
Do you treat children?
Yes. Many children and teenagers love receiving acupuncture, and acupuncture can be extremely effective on younger folks. The important thing is that the child is willing to try acupuncture; we will not treat any patient who doesn’t want to be here.
How often do I have to get treated for acupuncture to work?
It depends. Some health issues respond more quickly while others take longer. Factors include how severe the issue is, how long you have had it, and how old you are. And some people just respond faster than others for no particular reason. Because acupuncture is a gentle medicine, frequency is the key to relief. Often patients will come in 2-3 times a week at first and then begin to taper their visits as they experience lasting relief. One reason we have a sliding scale is in order to allow patients to be able to afford to come in enough for acupuncture to work. Your acupuncturist will recommend a treatment plan for you.
Is it okay to combine acupuncture with other medical treatments and medications?
Absolutely. One of the best things about acupuncture is that it doesn’t have its own side effects that might interfere with other medical therapies and medications. This is one of the main reasons why other medical professionals are comfortable referring their patients to us. For example, we often treat patients who are going through chemotherapy in order to help them with their symptoms. Likewise, we often treat patients before and after surgery in order to reduce pain, inflammation, and recovery time.
- 30 min Kansa Foot Massage ($25-$35 sliding scale)
- 30 min Kansa Marma Facial ($25-35 sliding scale)
- 45 min Sinus and Ear Treatment ($40-50 sliding scale)
- 60 min Kansa Foot Massage ($50-65 sliding scale)
- 60 min Kansa Marma Facial ($50-65 sliding scale)
- 90 min Therapeutic Massage ($75-95)
60 minute Reiki Healing Session ($45-60 sliding scale)
90 min Reiki Healing Session ($65-85 sliding scale)
90 Minute Intuitive Healing Session with Allison ($70-90 sliding scale)