Sliding Scale Acupuncture

$20 – $50 pay-what-you-can. No proof of income required. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for many kinds of pain and other health concerns.

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Botanical Medicine

Single herbs, traditional formulas and custom herbal remedies tailored to suit your individual needs. Herbal medicine has proven results and no side effects when taken properly.

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Concerned about needles? We only use sterile, very thin needles that do not cause pain. But we also have options such as moxibustion, cupping, tapping, acutaping, electrostim, magnets and ear seeds.

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What is community acupuncture?

Community acupuncture means multiple people receive acupuncture at the same time and pay on a sliding-scale basis. Treatments take place in a relaxed setting while the patient is fully clothed. Because more people can be seen, we can charge less. People of all income levels can access treatment. Increased affordability also allows for more frequent visits, resulting better, longer-lasting therapeutic results.

Is it covered?

Acupuncture is covered by most medical plans, and by MSP for low income residents of BC and for First Nations people with a Status card. It is also be covered by ICBC, WCB and Veterans Affairs. You will be given a receipt you can submit to your insurance provider or MSP (if applicable) for reimbursement. We can also bill directly to MSP with no additional fee.

What is a sliding scale?

This clinic charges a sliding scale of $20 – $50 per session. (There is a one-time $10 paperwork fee for your first visit.) That means you decide what you can afford. There is never any need to prove your income.

Community acupuncture clinics use a sliding scale because we want everyone to be able to receive acupuncture treatment, and we want you to be able to come in as often as you need to. We know that the key to success with acupuncture is frequent, consistent treatment.

OSCA is proud to be part of a growing movement of acupuncture clinics dedicated to serving our communities by offering high-quality care at affordable rates.


I’m interested, what do I do?

Great! You can contact us at the numbers below for more information or to book a session, or use the handy link to the right.

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