How often should you have acupuncture treatment?
How often you get acupuncture treatment depends upon what is being treated, your budget and if you are taking Chinese herbs.
The number of treatments needed will depend upon your medical conditions and any other underlying health issues. Generally speaking, 6 sessions is considered a course of treatment. However, some people will need less sessions whilst others with chronic condition more.
The period of time traditional acupuncture lasts for is around 3-4 days. If you are having it only and your problem isn't chronic, you can have it once a week. For acute problems and if your budget allows, you would benefit from having treatment two times a week. Your acupuncturist will advise you of the best possible treatment plan.
Will it work if I have it less often?
If you have it less than once a week you are less likely to feel the benefits of the treatment. Frequent treatments have better results. Acupuncture is not a substitute for professional medical treatment.
How often do I need sessions if I'm taking Chinese herbs?
If you are taking Chinese herbs which has been used for thousands of years together with your acupuncture treatment and your budget is tight, then you can receive acupuncture treatment every 2 weeks.
How often should I have maintenance sessions?
Once your symptoms has reduced in intensity and you feel better, you can have maintenance sessions every 1-2 months depending upon your condition. If it's one of a chronic conditions you may need maintenance sessions more frequently.
I'm a member of the British Acupuncture Council and am bound by the professional standards authority. There is no statutory regulation of acupuncture so most healthcare practitioners can use it after a weekend course. Always see a properly qualified acupuncturist and follow professional medical advice.