Acupuncture is a process. It is very rare that a problem can be resolved in one treatment. In China, a typical protocol for any chronic condition is acupuncture every other day for three months. Most of our patients don’t need that many treatments, but virtually everyone requires a course of treatment in order to get what they want from acupuncture.
On your first visit, your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment, which can be anything from “we’d like to see you once a week for six weeks” to “we’d really like to see you every day for the next four days.” This suggestion is based on our experience with treating your particular condition. If you don’t come in often enough or long enough, you may not achieve the full benefits. The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you make that commitment. If you have questions about how long it will take to see results, please ask us.
Here is what we recommend for frequency of treatments:
If your pain is a 10 out of 10, or you are at the end of your rope, come in daily until we see some changes.
If your pain is a 5 out of 10 or over, preferably two to three times a week.
If your pain is a 4 or less, come in once or twice a week.
Chronic issues that are not severe, once a week for 6-8 weeks and then we will re-evaluate.
Really long term chronic issues, once a week for ten weeks or twice a week for 5 weeks.
PMS, endometriosis, menstrual cycle related issues: weekly until you have a cycle that is OK, then every other week until 2 OK cycles, then once a month in the week before the problem week.
Chronic stress: once a week until the stress subsides, meaning the evil boss quits, the sick kids get better, or you find different ways to cope.
Most other issues: weekly until 50% improvement, and then every other week until resolution.
Chronic conditions with very poor prognosis, we recommomend weekly indefinitely. Treatment will most likely focus on symptom control and overall support.