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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.

Can I get acupuncture on the NHS?

You maybe able to be referred by your GP to a physiotherapist who will perform 'acupuncture' on you. However, most physiotherapists have only done a short course in acupuncture, as acupuncture is unregulated in the UK.

In my opinion, acupuncture is less likely to work if performed by a poorly trained physiotherapist, which makes people believe that it doesn't work, when often it does.

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.