Paul Enright, Dipl. Acup.
For most conditions I recommend 6 acupuncture treatments over the first 3 weeks. At times we can do the intial 6 treatments over 6 weeks but usually the sooner you get in the first 6 treatments the better.
I usually evaluate after 3 treatments and decide if I want to make any changes. After the initial 6, together we determine if the acupuncture has helped or not. If not then we discuss what changes can be made to see results. Most people will notice improvement by the sixth treatment. On average people will notice by treatments 3 or 4.
For many chronic conditions I will recommend a maintenance program to prevent backsliding. This typically means a once a month acupuncture treatment. Some individuals can go longer than others inbetween treatments.