This will depend immensely on your condition. Some conditions may take only 6 – 12 treatments, some conditions may require maintenance for months or years.
Its up to you how many sessions you have. A single session can be of great benefit if you are wanting to learn something very specific or as a gift to yourself. Regular sessions are eessntial to integrate your embodied learning and to support long lasting change. Together we can create a practice and plan to meet your unique needs and goals.
Please do not think that you have had one or two treatments, not seen a result and therefore ‘acupuncture doesn’t work’. This is highly unrealistic and fundamentally, does you no favours. There is no such thing as a magic bullet (I would suggest you be very wary of any practitioner who promises this) and if you honestly wish to improve your health condition you will need to commit to making appropriate changes and giving your body the opportunity to heal. A condition you have had for years will not be cured overnight!
Chronic or long-term conditions usually require a cycle of up to twelve treatments. Treatment is usually done once a week for a number of weeks. These are the consistent treatment frequency levels in all clinical trials documenting success, be that resolution or significant improvement, for chronic health conditions. If there are no changes to the condition or how you are feeling, referral to another modality may be required.
Most people, once there has been a level of resolution of the issue will come back periodically, such as once a month or so to maintain a healthy balance.
Acupuncture, like all forms of medicine, is an art as well as a science and people respond very differently. On your first appointment your therapist will give you an idea of likely time frames for that condition: I prefer to see how you respond after that initial appointment before giving you a clearer window of potential outcomes. I suggest you commit at least 6 treatments to give you a realistic opportunity to see how you respond.
Keep in mind that it is in Jade’s interest to get you well again, and your health issue resolved as quickly as possible. Over-servicing is not in anyone’s interest and is not part of an ethical practice. But under-servicing will get you poor results and is not in your best interest either. Please do not base your expectations on treatment frequency requirements, or resolution of your individual condition based on your friend/ partner/ cousins sisters aunt.
You are welcome to bring your healthy scepticism (I mean it) but there is nothing quite as absurd as someone who says ‘I had an acupuncture treatment – once – and nothing happened’. Did you go to the gym or one personal training session and have rippling abdominal muscles suddenly the next day? No therapist in any profession, however understanding, will accept this as reasonable. There are no silver bullets in health! It’s a process, as pure and simple as that.