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How long does an acupuncture treatment last?

I am a 38-year-old male and I have my first acupuncture treatment next week. How long does an acupuncture treatment last?

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A typical treatment can last up to an hour. However your first appointment may last longer.
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Around an hour.
According to research published in 90', the result of acupuncture treatment can last from 2 hours to 5 days.
It depends on your condition, the treatment provided, and if you're diligent about doing your "homework" (herbs to take, exercises to do, etc.). Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it will take to feel lasting results. I will usually start patients with weekly treatments and then start decreasing the frequency as their condition improves. This decrease can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.
It actually depends on the Acupuncturist, but generally initial appointments are longer than follow ups. To give a frame of reference, mine are 1.5 hours for initial and 1 hour follow up.
An acupuncture session can last anywhere between 1/2 hour and two hours. If it is your first treatment, expect to be there for at least an hour and thirty minutes. This is so the practitioner can get a good intake and idea of how to treat your condition.

Follow up treatments should take less time, maybe 30 minutes to an hour. It is best to ask the practitioner you're going to see, because they know their clinic patterns.

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It varies and depends what you are going for. Typically an initial consultation and 1st treatment is 90 minutes.
30 min to one hour.
Depends on your diagnosis. Acute pain, less than 6 months can take up to 10 treatments, and chronic pain, lasting more than 6 months can take up to 20 treatments.
Depends on who you are seeing. If you were to come see me, first treatment usually takes 90 minutes. Follow up visits take up to 60 minutes.
Each session may last 30 minutes to an hour with the needles being retained for 15 minutes or so. Depending on the condition being treated, duration of sessions may be from two to six sessions. Some may actually experience benefit after the first treatment.
It all depends on what is the problem and the technic your Acupuncturist is using. It can take 5 minutes to one full hour.

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Usually, it takes about 30 minutes, but it depends on the conditions. Some need longer times, I usually like to put 40-45 minutes.
It's hard to say. Some people experience immediate results from an acupuncture treatment and some people have to receive a few treatments before they start noticing any changes.

For pain patients I'm typically able to get some reduction on an initial treatment. This reduction tends to last 24-48 hours and the pain will start to come back. Usually by the 3rd or 4th treatment, patients are able to go several days with either decreased pain or no pain.

Most studies show acupuncture has a dose dependency - meaning that, to a point, more treatment is going to yield better results. These studies show that, on average, around 8 treatments produces a pain lowering effect that can persist for roughly 12 months.

In other words, acupuncture is very unlikely to be a "one and done" type of treatment. It can and does happen, but it's unusual when it does. There are a lot of factors which can affect how quickly you might see results and how long those results will last. Those factors include: the specific nature of your issue, how long you've been experiencing the issue, whether there are lifestyle adjustments which can be made that will affect your issue and how well you make those lifestyle adaptations.