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How long does it take for acupuncture to work for panic attacks?

I am a 33 year old female. I want to know how long does it take for acupuncture to work for anxiety?

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A week
You should feel better immediately after a treatment, but to make them less severe or go away takes a series of treatments. Everyone is different, but I find that my patients just keep coming back because they feel so much better after every treatment and their symptoms become less severe over time.
Usually after you initial treatment you will be able to feel a difference. However, that depends on if this anxiety has been chronic and if so, for how long? If you have been dealing with this for a long period of time then you may require 3 - 6 months of treatment coupled with herbal medicine. But it depends on the cause and the length of time you have been dealing with this and if there are any other physiological issues related to the anxiety.
Even in the first treatment visit, you will feel calm and relaxed. It’s different in different people, seeing results from treatment can take time and effort. Your panic attack symptoms can reduce in several weeks or several months.
That depends on your situation and other factors. Individual diagnosis are need in order to figure out treatment plans
Acupuncture works well for anxiety because one of the main actions of acupuncture during and after the treatment is to calm the body and assist in healing. Usually after, sometimes even during, the first acupuncture treatment you will feel less anxious. I recommend 4 weekly treatments or maybe biweekly depending on your individual situation. This helps the body to maintain the changes that occur with acupuncture.
It depends on the person. Acupuncture will usually help a person relax during the treatment. If the problem is long term, a series of treatments will be needed.
Usually with acupuncture, there is an immediate sensation of relaxation at the chosen acupuncture points. It is a unique feeling, but contributes to the overall treatment for anxiety. However, everyone responds differently, so lasting effects may depend. Another concern would be triggers. Acupuncture may help, but if you encounter a trigger soon, it may flare up
your reaction (anxiety) sooner than anticipated with treatment. Definitely check with your primary to ensure Chinese medicine would be a safe approach for you.

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Based on the severity of the anxiety, the effects will vary. I would like to say some patients experience immediate results and for some others the effects are cumulative.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.

It usually takes about 5 to 10 treatments, depending on how severe and how long you had, and also your organs' functions. Please consult your local acupuncturist.

Scott Sang In Lee
Thank you for your inquiry.

My patients with anxiety experience relief can come back, however, after a few days. Frequent acupuncture for anxiety provides immediate and longer-term benefits. I also prescribe herbal formulas to help in between.
I hope that is helpful.

Mary Hills, DACM, LAc

Acupuncture, if properly administered, helps with anxiety immediately, however, acupuncture has a cumulative effect so at least 4-6 sessions are recommended.

Good luck,

Impossible to estimate. Best rough guess--anywhere from 5 treatments (I would find a new practitioner at this point if no changes were observed/improved) up to months of weekly or 2x weekly treatments depending on urgency of response.
That would depend on how often you have them and what triggers them. I would recommend acupuncture and herbs along with lifestyle practices like qigong to help support anti-anxiety. However, upon leaving from your first appointment you should feel very peaceful and zen like.
Generally speaking, it takes about 1-2 treatment sections. If, to say, one section is 10 acupuncture treatments, I think 15 treatments is necessary.
Any treatment can take a bit of time. However, I have treated this type of problem and it can be resolved very quickly.

Every one has different constitution and different severity of anxiety attack- so the effectiveness of acupuncture varies from one person to another. But acupuncture has helped people who suffer from panic attacks.
Hello! Every acupuncture treatments is tailored to the patients. The length of time depends on how well and how long the patient has had panic attacks. Typically, 1-3 months.
It can cure it. You need a few sessions
It varies. Some people need 10-12 treatments, others more and some need less. It depends on how severe it is, how long you have had the condition, and the underlying cause.
I get questions like this a lot and there area couple of caveats to my answer:

1. I don't know if you're seeing or planning to see an actual board certified acupuncturist or a provider who is offering "acupuncture-like" services under the scope of their existing license. There is a big difference between someone trained and board certified specifically in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and someone who has taken a few seminars and is now offering the service. Generally speaking, providers offering acupuncture under the scope of some other licensure are practicing "cookbook acupuncture" which rarely works well for any condition.

2. Chinese medicine uses an individualized diagnostic system. In other words, the reason you have anxiety (or any condition) may not be the same reason someone else is experiencing anxiety (or any condition). Without actually seeing and diagnosing you, it's hard to say how many treatments might be required.

That being said, there are some general guidelines. Assuming your anxiety is more towards mild or moderate, a full course of therapy might be something on the order of 6-8 treatment sessions. Patients are normally noticing a difference in their symptoms by the 3rd or 4th session.

If your anxiety is severe, you may be looking at 10-12 total treatments and may not notice symptoms reducing until the 4th or 5th session. Also in severe cases, you may get faster results by combining acupuncture with therapy and/or prescription medication.
How long it takes for any treatment to take effect is dependent upon the condition, the length of time the condition has been in existence, the pracitioner's style of acupuncture, and the patient's cooporation and adherence to the pracitioner's treatment protocols.

In general, if you're not feeling some changes in your body within 5-8 treatments, it may be in your best interest to seek another practitioner or a different style of acupuncture.