Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
Hope this helps.
After patient's conditions are resolved, they come in once a month for tuneups and any previous symptoms are warded off. It's important to maintain healthy habits that may be introduced during your series of acupuncture treatments.
Ask an Endocrinologist to order a comprehensive Hormone Panel on you to see what is out of range: too elevated or insufficient. Get that squared away, a.s.a.p. We Rx. Chinese herbs to build blood, to invigorate blood and qi and to resolve (Excess:Pain and Blood Stasis).
There are a few reasons that will recur your PCOD. It also depends on how frequently you are having acupuncture treatments. I would suggest to discuss with your acupuncture your treatment plan. They will explain in more detail.
Without knowing your history, this is a difficult question to answer. Hope you understand.
Have a great day,
Huan Wen Fang
Maybe the root cause of the symptoms have not been completely treated, your body has not got into balance, or maybe there are other things which you need to take into consideration, like lifestyle or emotional life.
It is also recommended that you continue care even after the symptoms disappear. You should go for a an energy check up or reboost at least once a season (there are changes in the body caused by the change of season), the treatment will not only prevent your POCD but will help you maintain a good health.
I suggest you go back to your acupuncturist and discuss the situation and find what is the best approach for you.
Internally, we can look to stress, trauma, diet, aging, hormone balance, etc., that can have effects on the lasting duration of the acupuncture treatments. Externally, we can look to trauma, diet, exercise, environmental pollutants, work stress, family stress, etc., that can have effects on the lasting duration of the acupuncture treatments.
You can see what I'm getting at here.
It's hard to say for each person just how long their acupuncture treatments will last. Typically, the first to the last acupuncture treatment builds a wave a relief from pain and discomfort, while creating a balancing effect on the bodies operating systems. And as long as there are no factors that will cause further injury or recurrence of symptoms, the body will stay in balance longer. Possibly for the rest of their lives.
In my clinical experience, I have seen some clients whom have had lifelong lasting relief from their health issues within the first few acupuncture treatments. All complaints they came in for were gone for the rest of their natural lives. Other clients have had relief and success after months of treatments and then had the complaint(s) come back, usually less severely, after several months, and some after many years. In most of those recurring cases, those clients were having some factor(s) in their lives causing the recurrence of the complaint(s).
So, I recommend that you go back to getting acupuncture treatments and have the practitioner add Chinese herbal medicine into the healing equation to help maintain the balance that the acupuncture treatments will bring back to your body. The Chinese herbs will be something that you can take and do for yourself to prolong those positive effects that you first experienced with the acupuncture treatments. You can also think about working with a nutritionist to help your body through your dietary regimen.
Jeffrey W. Beimler, L.Ac. MsTCM
The good news is you received what sounds like excellent results and those results persisted for somewhere around 2 years. You might need a few sessions in a row to reestablish a healthy pattern for you and then you could probably go to twice a year or yearly "tune ups" to maintain.
Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
That being said, two years, symptom free, without doing things to keep yourself in balance seems like a pretty good outcome to me. If life is throwing you out of balance, something is always going to come back eventually. This medicine can correct that imbalance, but had you engaged with it as it is designed (to also keep you in balance) by doing regular maintenance treatments after your symptoms went away, they wouldn't be coming back in all likelihood.
So, you have two options... keep engaging the medicine as you are, or only use it when you are feeling "bad" or out of balance, or keep going when you are feeling well to avoid getting out of balance.
Your specific question was how long does it last though... and that is a challenging question to answer. Imagine we went to the beach and where the surf/waves break, we were trying to put a post into the sand. The first time, we drive the post in about 3-6 inches into the looser sand... and the post will stay perfectly vertical for about 3-7 days, but eventually, the waves and shifting sand will push the post over... so a week later, we go back to the beach and push it in a bit further... 2-3 more inches into more packed sand.... but the waves, they never stop. Some days, they are calmer than others... some days, the waves are very rigorous, even overwhelming to the most strongly inserted post...
The waves are stress, eating foods that make you sick, not sleeping enough, etc. I like this analogy because those things never stop... And the times we set the post are when you come in to get put back in balance via a treatment. It also indicates that when there is a lot of destabilizing activity in your life, you may need to come in more to offset that.
Nothing lasts forever... all things are impermanent. My advice is get back into your acupuncturist's office asap. Hope that was adequately explained and do let me know if you have any further questions.
Unfortunately, your answer has no definitive answer and is very relative. There are no set times, it varies depending upon the imbalances and types of treatments, the response, etc.
If you've worked with an acupuncturist before whom you felt comfortable with, then I would suggest speaking with them and to work with a medical doctor and/or a Naturopath who can integrate your treatments for, I believe you may mean, PCOS.
In health and light,
Zen Tuan, L.Ac.
Amy Gendron, AP
Sorry to here about your reoccurrence. Every person with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome presents differently and obtains variable levels of relief from acupuncture. That’s great that it lasted two years without symptoms. I usually recommend a maintenance treatment every three months after symptoms have subsided. No symptom is synonymous to no disease, as we are taught. Hopefully, you can obtain great results again with just a few “tune up” treatments. Give it a try again, good luck to you.
David G. Hanley, Dipl. OM
Dr. David Bole
How long have you had acupuncture treatments for PCOS? If PCOS was completely treated at that time, it should not reoccur. But aforementioned genetic and environmental factors play big roles. Therefore, your PCOS was not completely treated at that time, or this could be another sign of new symptom. I advise you to speak to your previous acupuncture physician and discuss your case.
Every one is an individual and responds uniquely to acupuncture- even though some generalities can be made. For example, the more treatments done closer together give the longest lasting results.
That being said, for acute and/or short term imbalances, issues could be resolved within a 5-10 treatment set. For chronic issues going on multiple years it could take upward of 50-70 treatments.
Additionally, if the patient is continuing activities which exacerbate the problem, or if the condition is deemed ‘uncurable’ from an allopathic/western standpoint, then treatment will be ‘working uphill’ and may need to be continual.
Please note, even once issues are resolved acupuncture should be continued on a preventative schedule once every 1-3 months as recommended by your acupuncture physician. Thank you for your question.
Dr. Mehrdad Joukar DAOM, L.Ac.
Live Happy, Michael
The best thing to do is return to your practitioner for another treatment or series of treatments to see how your condition may have changed and what strategies need to be addressed now.
Be well. I would be happy to assist you.