We do suggest that you go in for a "tune-up" from time to time to make sure your body and systems stay balanced.
Just like your car needs an oil change to prevent it from breaking down and having more issues. Acupuncture can be compared to this analogy.
While some people end up benefitting/enjoying acupuncture & Oriental medicine, thus so receiving it throughout their life, it is NOT required to continue forever. It's about finding balance in the body & feeling better. That could be a one time treatment or a series of sessions. It's difficult to say how long it could take with out meeting you in person & seeing your
health history. However, if acupuncture works for you, you just might find yourself coming back for more. Please remember, we're not all the same. Ask about credentials and other training & experience. Look for the one that is right for you.
Alan Schroepfer, LAc
You can start acupuncture at anytime and also can stop at anytime. Don't worry about side effects and rebound.
Hope this can help you,
Depending on the time which the condition exists and the severity of pain and discomfort, your acupuncturist will ask you to come 1-3 times per week. It depends on your body’s response, she or he will adjust the frequency of treatment, it means if in the first week you get relief for a day, in the fourth week the relief will last for a week or so. Until they reach the results they want, they will reduce the treatment until the patient does not need that push and it stays in harmony by itself.
So, to answer the question, when you start acupuncture, it does not mean you will need it for the rest of your life.
Dr. Maryam Mansouri, Lac. OMD.
First, let me commend you for researching complementary medicine for you back pain. It can be extremely effective for many causes of back pain.
To answer your question, there is no set length of time needed for treatment, but the rule of thumb is that the longer you've had a condition, the longer it will take to fix it. The reason for this is that acupuncture is not a bandaid or a placebo. We are balancing the body's energies so it can actually heal itself. This usually takes time - and consistency. I see people twice a week until their pain levels go down and stay down between treatments, and then we start spreading the appointments further apart. This varies widely from patient to patient.
As far as being a lifelong commitment, the goal is for the problem to be resolved so you don't need to continue coming in. Sometimes people will come back for tune-ups to keep things stable, others will return only if the pain starts to return. Many never have to come back at all.
Having said that, acupuncture works at a whole body/emotion level, so I have many patients who continue coming in just because they feel so much better in other ways, when they do. It's a nice "side effect."
Hope this helps!
James F. Jones
Recovery is dependent on the state of your conditions or issues. It should not take more than two sessions for you to know whether it is helping or not. If you don't feel better or any improvement after two sessions, maybe it is not for you. However, if you feel that it is helping you, you may want to continue for a few more sessions because it takes time for your body to heal. Once you feel better, just come in whenever you are in need.
Danny Khounh, LOM
Melanie L. Kaplan, L.Ac.
Have a great day!
Acupuncture and Wellness of the Palm Beaches
Dr. Orsborn, A.P., D.O.M.
1. To Heal disease- which for that you go until you feel better.
2. To maintain health, which means that you are better now, and you are going periodically to balance your energy to maintain your health. this can be for as long as you want to maintain your health and well being. The treatments can be once a month.
3. The highest level is helping the patient reach their highest potential. Fulfill their life purpose.
To summarize, you can get few sessions to resolve a condition or you can continue with your treatments to fulfill your life purpose and maintain your health.
Finally, not all acupuncturists can treat people on the spirit level and help them with the life purpose. Five Element acupuncture is the type of acupuncture that specializes in that aspect.
Yours in Health!