How many acupuncture sessions will I need?

By September 10, 2014acupuncture

This is a question I hear almost every day.  I wish there was an easy answer.  I always tell people that it varies.  I typically recommend weekly sessions for 6 weeks.  After that I try to get people down to every other week and less often from there.

A lot depends on what is going on with you.  If you have a chronic problem that has been going on for 20 years, chances are two sessions are not going to do it.  This is a holistic medicine that works to get to the root of the problem and fix it from there.  Often I might be able to greatly reduce someones pain or symptoms in a visit or 2 but if it’s a long-term problem caused by lifestyle issues, the relief may not be lasting until more of the root is fixed.  This can take a bit more time.

If you exercise, eat well and have a healthy lifestyle generally you will get better faster.  If you have a problem that has been going on for decades and you live a sedentary lifestyle with a diet of processed foods it may take longer.  One of the amazing things about acupuncture and having someone to give you advice and support in trying to live a healthy lifestyle is that you can turn your whole life around in amazingly short periods of time.  

Its a powerful medicine with an amazing capacity to change lives.  I wouldn’t practice it if I didn’t believe in it.  If I don’t think I can help you, I will always tell you.  I will also try to get you better and visiting less often as quickly as I can.  🙂