5 Element Acupuncture Dublin - How many treatments
How many treatments will I need?

A common question patients have when coming for acupuncture treatment is 'how many treatments will I need?'. What is important to understand is that acupuncture treatment works in a cummulative way. Each treatment builds upon the previous treatment so the frequency of treatment is important.

Everyone responds differently to treatment, but you may notice a marked improvement in your main complaint straight away. Often the initial improvements are in the overall state of health and the improvement in your main complaint will follow on quickly. In rare cases there may be a short-term flair-up of your symptoms, however this will quickly settle with ongoing treatment and is usually part of the healing process. The length of time a condition has been present and its severity are important in assessing how quickly you are likely to improve. Also, because this system of medicine is treating all of you - body, mind and spirit - you will often experience an enhanced quality of life and improved sense of well being. The aim is for lasting benefit, not just short term improvements.

You will need treatment once or twice during the first week and then once a week thereafter until some improvement has been maintained, with each treatment building on the previous session. As long as your condition continues to stay stable between appointments I will keep treating you once per week, but if you condition detoriorates during that week then I want you to contact me and we’ll get you in the practice asap for an appointment so we don’t lose ground on all of our progress. Acupuncture works in a series of treatments. You can never have acupuncture treatments too close together, but you can have them too far apart.

Once your condition has begun to improve the treatments can be spaced out to allow your body's own healing mechanisms to take over. This phase will prevent your symptoms from returning and will ensure a continued improvement. I typically recommend patients come for a 'tune up' treatment once every 6 weeks. These 'tune up' treatments help prevent symptoms re-occuring and help you to maintain your health. Acupuncture is then functioning as a preventative system of medicine!

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