There are a number of factors to consider when getting acupuncture. While now widely accepted in many areas of healthcare, the practice of acupuncture has varying standards across Canada and the US. Some provinces and states may have active regulations and licensure, while others are unregulated.
Depending on your health concerns and your health condition, the number and frequency of acupuncture treatments can vary widely. In the case of acute conditions, sometimes one to five treatments might be required to resolve the problem. However, if your health constitution is not optimal, 5 to 10 treatments may be required to resolve the problem.
Chronic conditions require a minimum of 5 to 10 treatments to assess the effect of acupuncture on that condition. This first course of treatments may then be followed by multiple courses spaced over months to bring about lasting changes.
Your practitioner should discuss treatment options, explain the strategy for resolving the problem, and give an estimate of the number of treatments required to obtain results. Whether it is one course, or multiple courses of treatment, acupuncture is a process that will help to stimulate positive and healthful changes in your system.
As a patient, you must think about the end result you desire, including both short and long term health goals. The next step is to find a practitioner that you feel is willing to support you achieving these goals.