Depending on patients’ medical histories and conditions, each patient will have different responses. Patients will have to follow up in 3-7days depending on severity.
Patients will be examined again on how much difference they have experienced since the initial acupuncture treatment.
Then we can give patients a plan for symptomatology.
If we find limitations in improvements, we will apply different plans as a holistic approach.
Also, if you follow my dietary suggestions in combination with acupuncture, you would start feeling slightly better from the first treatment.
For starters, there are a variety of reasons in the Chinese medical model why someone might experience reflux. Some of those reasons are easier to treat than others and some individuals respond faster to treatment than others. I've had patients whose reflux responded in as little as 2-3 treatments and I've had patients who required weeks of treatment to get where they wanted to be.
Secondly, there are a variety of practitioners offering acupuncture or 'acupuncture-like' services. Some of them are well trained, some not so much. Even among board certified, state licensed acupuncturists some will be better with certain types of health issue relative to others.
At a minimum, it's probably going to take at least 3 treatments. It could go as many as 10.
There is at least one thing you can do to try to make sure you get relief in as few treatments as possible: make sure you're seeing a board certified, state licensed acupuncturist. At a minimum your provider should have either a Dipl AC or a Dipl OM credential from NCCAOM and either an L.Ac. or R.Ac. credential issued by the state. Without this, you're rolling the dice.
To find a provider like this in your area, go to NCCAOM.org and use their "Find a Practitioner" lookup. I'd get a list of local providers then call around to see if anyone specializes in GI issues and what their track record is with reflux.