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How many acupuncture treatments are needed for acid reflux?

I have acid reflux and will have acupuncture treatment. How many acupuncture treatments are needed for acid reflux?

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4 treatments per year of problem
We will exam 1st. Then provide dry needling 1st. Patients will find instant results in general.
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.
Each person is unique. Acupuncture is not a symptom-based treatment. The underlying reasons for acid reflux need to be investigated. Acupuncture can be part of a treatment program that may also include nutritional counseling.
Acid Reflex treatment is a combination of changing diet, herbal medicine and acupuncture.
It's hard to predict the exact number of sessions that will be needed for your acid reflux issue. Acupuncture with herbs can relieve your problem gradually, and you should be able to get rid of this problem.
It really depend on the cause of the imbalance but it should start to help right away.
It varies and depends on your condition but ideally, 8 sessions of treatment are recommended.
It depends on the severity and the length of your acid reflex. Usually it takes 4-6 visits to see the difference. For chronic acid takes longer and combine with herbs it can speed the progress. Often a initial consultation will give you a idea.
It depends on how long and what is going on. You might need nutritional counseling, as well as herbal medicine. I encourage you to book a session with your practitioner of choice to get help with relief.
Every person is different and not all “acid reflux” are the same. But in general terms, based on my experience, I would say around 10 to 15 treatments. That being said, around treatment #5 we would have a good idea on how you are doing.
Also, if you follow my dietary suggestions in combination with acupuncture, you would start feeling slightly better from the first treatment.
There's no way to give a definitive answer on this. Many acupuncturists would request that you also try an herbal formula to treat your pattern of dysfunction alongside acupuncture. I would typically recommend 10-12 acupuncture seasons before a re-evaluation on acid reflux cases. Some may improve significantly enough to end treatment sooner than that, while others will need more. Much depends on the severity and duration of your condition and what other things you are doing for it.
I would recommend starting with 8 to 10 treatments.
There is no set amount as every person is different, you should experience some type of relief after a few treatments though
Acid reflux is most likely the body sending a signal that what you just ate did not sit well with your stomach. Foods such as greasy, fried or spicy foods, as well as gluten, cow milk products and alcohol could all be the culprit. Try omitting one at a time to see what works. Acupuncture can also help a lot.
I think 3-4 treatments are needed.
There is no set number of treatments for any condition. I start seeing patients twice a week until their symptoms subside, then go to once a week, then once every other week and so on until the symptoms are gone.
It would be fantastic if every disease state for every individual had a set number of treatments that were required in order to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, that's not how things work.

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 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.