So I’ve talked you through the first session and you’ve decided to give acupuncture a try. The next question that is often asked is how many sessions will you need?
I have to say, I don’t have one set answer for this – the proverbial piece of string – because we are treating you as an individual it will vary from person to person, but there are some guidelines.
How long have you had the symptoms?
As a general rule of thumb, I find that the longer you have had the symptoms, the more sessions that you will need to have to fully resolve the symptoms. If you have an acute condition, for example a recent ache or strain, it oftens responds much quicker and we can get you back to everyday wellbeing.
Dealing with the root cause of the imbalance
In Chinese Medicine, we don’t only deal with the current symptoms, but dig deeper in to look at the root cause of what is going on in your body. Often we resolve the immediate problem quickly and then continued treatments can help to go deeper and really resolve the root of the problem, and prevent the symptoms from re-occurring.
Working with women
I see a lot of women who are looking for support with fertility and pregnancy. In this case we work with your cycles and it may be a longer period that you will need to come for treatment. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself 3 months to be in an optimum state of health ready to fall pregnant.
If you are going through assisted reproduction, like IVF, we’ll work carefully with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your medical treatment and your budget.
Your personal treatment plan
As I can’t give you a definitive answer what we do instead is to agree a treatment plan with you. I usually suggest that you come along for 3-4 weekly treatments to get a better idea of how you are likely to respond. After this time we’ll look at what works for you. It may be continuing with weekly treatments for a little longer. Or often we can spread them out to once or twice a month.
I often find that people will then come back in for a ‘top-up’ treatment as and when they need. A great idea is to do so with the change of the seasons to help enhance your health and wellbeing.
At any stage you can always talk with me about the progress and we can adjust the treatments as we go.
Ready to give it a try? Give me a call on 07910 468 850 to book your initial consultation today.
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