In studies that come out of China, patients are typically going 5 times a week for two weeks and then are reevaluated. That's 10 treatments in two weeks! That model doesn't work here in the United States for most patients as the cost and time required can be prohibitive. I tell my patients that acupuncture is like going to the gym to lose weight. If don't need to lose much, you might go only once a month (maintenance), but if you need to lose more you might want to go a few times a week (curative).
The following table is a general guide you can use for your situation.
Impact Tx/week. Reevaluate
10 5 1 week
8-9 4 1 week
6-7 3 2 weeks
3-5 2 2 weeks
1-2 1 2 weeks
Impact = how much the symptoms are affecting your life -or-
Impact = a measurement of pain
Other factors that contribute to longer or shorter treatment courses are perpetuating factors. These include patterns that produce or contribute to the imbalance and patient involvement. Is the condition is chronic or acute? The length of time you've been suffering with a condition plays a big roll. For every year you've had a problem, that's the number of months of treatment you will need before it gets resolved.
All of these variables influence the frequency and duration of treatments. Because acupuncture treats the root cause of imbalance results can be subtle or slower than our fast paced lives expect, but the effects are typically longer lasting once the imbalance is corrected!
issues including pain, stress, insomnia, arthritis, allergies, depression, headaches,