The number of treatments depends on the severity of the medical condition, how long the condition existed before receiving acupuncture, and the overall health of the client.
The goal of acupuncture and East Asian Medicine is to both alleviate symptoms, such as low back or shoulder pain, as well as correct the underlying energetic imbalance or blockage at the root of the problem. The number of treatments required is different for every person and is difficult to predict prior to an assessment and an understanding of how the person responds to acupuncture.
In general, the longer a person has any given medical condition, the more acupuncture it will require to treat. So, whereas, a condition of recent onset may be relieved within 1 to 3 treatments, long lasting conditions will likely require 6 to 12, or more treatments to achieve significant relief. With this being said, it's not uncommon for long standing medical conditions to resolve quickly.
When you read research out of China, treatment for more complicated conditions often receive relatively large quantities of acupuncture (30-50 treatments). Acupuncture is built into the general system of medicine in Asia. It is inexpensive and readily available. In our practice, the patient is in control of frequency and quantity of treatment. We make suggestions and apply no pressure.
Please Note: East Asian Medicine encompasses many approaches. Herbal medicine, cupping, tui na, photonic acupuncture, and/or moxabustion may be combined with acupuncture in your treatment plan. You will be notified in advance of any therapy.
The frequency of treatment
depends on the stage of disease and the body's response
acupuncture. Recovery is divided into three stages, as
Acute: immediately following injury or when symptoms are most acute. The goal here is a major reduction of symptoms and shift in overall wellness. Treatments during acute phase are scheduled 2 to 3 times per week.
Remission: As symptoms reduce in severity and frequency, treatment frequency also reduces to weekly or every other week.
Maintenance: Symptoms are absent or very infrequent. Treatment may be continued monthly or seasonally to maintain health and prevent remission or new dis-ease. Acupuncture can also be used on an "as needed" basis in the case that a condition resurfaces.