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Affordable acupuncture in Chicago

Your wish “I’ve been wanting to try acupuncture, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something I’m not sure I’ll like....

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By Kevin Aeh |

Your wish “I’ve been wanting to try acupuncture, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something I’m not sure I’ll like. What are the most affordable options?” —Adam R., South Loop

Our command Whether you’re looking to relieve pain or interested in quitting smoking, acupuncture (the practice of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into various points on the body) is definitely worth a shot. One of the best ways to save a few bucks is to attend a community acupuncture session. Allyu Spa (600 W Chicago Ave, 312-755-1313) offers the service every Wednesday through November 25, from 4–6pm. You’ll relax in the community room on cushions while an acupuncturist asks you a few questions to best address your needs and then inserts the needles in your ears and other points on your body for 30 minutes. Appointments aren’t necessary, and the treatment will set you back only $30 (private acupuncture treatments at the spa are $90). If you’re looking for a treatment center that offers budget appointments, head to Lincoln Square Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (4720 N Lincoln Ave, 773-878-3888). The center offers its services on a sliding scale of $20–$40 per treatment. It uses an honor system, so you decide how much you pay for each treatment. There is a $10 paperwork fee on your initial visit, though, so be prepared to spend a little extra money that first time. And Balance Health + Wellness (1901 N Clybourn Ave, 773-472-0560) is making its acupuncture services a little more affordable—just for TOC readers. Mention Time Out when making an appointment, and first time clients get to enjoy the center’s private and soothing treatment rooms for 30 percent off throughout November (initial visits are regularly $130; return appointments are $75).

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