Optimal Frequency of Acupuncture Treatment

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Optimal Frequency of Acupuncture Treatment
April 6, 2023

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of health conditions. While some people may experience immediate relief after their first acupuncture session, others may require ongoing treatment to see the full benefits. Many acupuncturists including myself recommend that our patients receive treatment more than once a week in the beginning to achieve optimal results.

Many people assume that acupuncture is a one-time treatment that can provide immediate relief from pain or other symptoms. While it’s not uncommon for our patients to get immediate relief in one treatment, the effect is usually short-living unless they come back for more treatments. In China, patients are required to come in for treatment 3-4 times a week if not daily.

One of the main reasons why multiple acupuncture sessions are necessary is because the effects of the treatment are cumulative. Each time a needle is inserted, it stimulates the body’s natural healing response, which can help to reduce pain, inflammation, and stress. However, the benefits of acupuncture tend to be temporary, especially at the beginning, so frequent sessions are needed to maintain the positive effects.

In addition, the frequency of acupuncture treatment may also depend on a few other factors. One main factor is the severity of the condition being treated. For example, chronic pain or other long-term health issues may require more frequent treatment to achieve long-lasting relief. Another factor is age. As much we would love to help our older patients get better quickly, it usually takes longer and more treatments for them to improve. (However, some elderly patients surprised us by getting better so quickly!)

Another reason why more frequent acupuncture sessions may be beneficial is that they can help to build a stronger patient-practitioner relationship. Acupuncturists who see their patients on a regular basis have a better understanding of their health history, symptoms, and treatment preferences. This can lead to more personalized and effective treatment plans, which can ultimately result in better outcomes.

Of course, receiving acupuncture treatment more than once a week may not be feasible or affordable for everyone. However, it’s important to understand that the frequency of treatment can have a significant impact on its effectiveness. If you’re considering acupuncture as a form of treatment, be sure to discuss your options with us. Together, you can develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs and goals.

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