How Often Should You Get Acupuncture Treatments?

Acupuncture treatments

Acupuncture Needle Insertion

The question I am asked most often is how frequently should one receive acupuncture treatments. In the US, the common recommendation is one treatment a week for 8 weeks but it really depends on how acute or chronic the condition is. This schedule may be OK if the person is supplementing their treatment with Chinese Herbal medicine. However, I believe the above schedule is more based on economics and the current health insurances recommendations. Therefore it is seriously erroneous.

Based on a review of Chinese literature, treatments should be much more frequent to guarantee success. For instance, Wang Le Ting (a Chinese master in the 20th century) treated serious conditions daily for varying lengths of time. The following examples will explain:

  1. Patient #1 complained of dizziness, heart palpations, headache, poor sleep, poor appetite, loose stools, and painful joints. Treatments consisted of acupuncture every other day for 12 treatments. Afterwards the patient was fine and had no recurrence.
  2. Patients #2 complained of depression, anxiety, chest oppression, abdominal distention, fatigue, lack of strength and constipation. This patient was needled several times a week for 1.5 months until all symptoms were eliminated.
  3. Patient #3 had symptoms of insomnia, frustration, anger, outbreaks of crying, spasms in the limbs and worry. Acupuncture treatments were administered every other day for 8 treatments plus an herbal formula for 10 days.
  4. Patient #4 was diagnosed with acute prostatitis with burning hesitant urination, high blood pressure. He was treated every day for 5 days.
  5. Patients #5 complained of symptoms of dysmennorhea including abdominal pain, bloating before menses and delayed menstruation that was profuse, dark in color and contained clots. She also had low blood pressure, profuse dreams, loose stools and decreased strength. Treatment was administered very day for 5 days before menses for 6 months.
  6. Patient #6 had problems with infertility but western medicine could not find a reason. She sought out acupuncture with complaints of irregular menstruation, depression, worry and a cold feeling in the abdomen. Acupuncture treatments were three times a week for 40 treatments. On the 5th month the patient became pregnant and went on to have many healthy children.

With an acute condition, I would prefer to see my patients two to three times per week.  On more chronic issues once a week for 8-12 weeks is more realistic.

In the US, we want results instantaneous and often we prematurely judge acupuncture and other alternative modalities. Instead I encourage you to give alternative therapies a fair chance to show their effectiveness. Become aware of the subtle changes in your body that define health and make the necessary life changes that allow the body to heal itself. Look at is this way…


One acupuncture treatment $60-90

Two acupuncture treatments $120-180

Better health, holistically with no side effects PRICELESS!

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