The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.
Healing is a very unique process. Many acute conditions as in low back spasm may respond in 1 to 4 treatments, while chronic conditions heal at a steady, progressive rate over 10-12 treatment sessions. Acupuncture therapy is similar to the approach of various physical therapeutic modalities of allowing 5-10 treatment visits to provide a healing response.
Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune ups”.