Acupuncture is a form of therapy. It is very important to know that acupuncture helps your body to heal itself. It is not usually necessary to continue getting acupuncture long term, if you complete the number of sessions necessary to resolve the root cause.
Most patients need to get care twice a week for the best results. It can take much longer to get better if you do not get the visits you need, especially in the beginning. If you have chronic pain, your body has spent a long time in an inflammatory state. This inflammation causes damage to the tissue, which must be repaired for lasting relief. In addition, sometimes there is a shortening of the muscles that occurs. When you have pain, you tend to guard the area that hurts. You might walk differently, sit differently, or stand differently. It takes a little time for your body to realize that the disruption in circulation has been fixed.
Age is also a factor in how long it takes to heal. If you are over 30, your body does not heal as fast as it used to. It will still heal. I often hear people say that they have pain because they are old. Pain is common in older age, but that does not mean you have to stay in pain. You will need to give your body a chance to heal.
In China, acupuncture is given daily. In the hospital, it is given twice daily. When a family member of mine is sick, I treat them at least once a day for a week. Treating this often means they get better very fast. I am not saying this so you feel you have to get acupuncture every day. I just want you to know what the ideal is, so you understand the process of healing with acupuncture. Most patients do fine getting acupuncture once or twice a week. After discussing your health concerns, I will give you a good idea of how long you will need to recover.
If you get acupuncture once or twice, you will not heal enough. The only reason people say acupuncture does not work is when they only got treatment a few times and did not give it enough time to work. You are cheating yourself if you do this. You will need a series of treatments to get better. I don’t want to waste your time and money if you think acupuncture will completely heal you after a few visits. My goal is to help you recover as fast as possible, but I want to be clear that I am not Dr. Jesus. Even if you feel much better after the second visit, you are not “done.”