Acupuncture is one of the most effective and safest alternative treatments available today, but many people wonder how long it will take to start seeing positive health benefits. The length of time and number of treatments required depends on the symptoms being treated and how long the patient has been carrying those symptoms.
In fact, every body’s symptoms are unique, so even if there are 10 different people who are having a migraine, the symptoms can be triggered by different factors. That is why a licensed acupuncturist will investigate the root cause of the symptoms, which makes all the difference in diagnosing the condition and administering the correct treatment.
Therefore, an acupuncturist will only choose acupuncture points based on his or her diagnosis of your individual condition. Depending on the severity of symptoms you’re experiencing, it may take a couple of treatments before you see some favourable results.
What you will notice after one session
When you undergo acupuncture treatment, you will notice that you will feel deeply relaxed, which can last for several hours and may extend for a day.
Modern medical researchers have also noticed that people who undergo acupuncture will have a higher number of natural endorphins in their bodies. Endorphins are our natural morphine in the brain, and this can help boost your body’s natural healing capabilities. Therefore, it is recommended that you rest or even sleep after your acupuncture treatment since you heal much faster when you spend more time in a deep sleep state.
Recommended number of acupuncture treatments
The benefits of acupuncture have been demonstrated by many research studies, but the number of treatments will depend on the patient’s condition. However, here are some general guidelines for the number of treatments needed for the following conditions:
- Infertility – weekly treatment is recommended, and it starts with a course of 6 up to 10 treatments.
- Menopause – most patients see improvement after three acupuncture treatments, but the maximum clinical effects usually happen after eight treatments.
- Anxiety – it is recommended that patients have weekly treatments. Studies have shown acupuncture can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety by the 6th.
- Back and neck pain – the recommended frequency and duration of acupuncture session will depend on how long the pain and stiffness have lasted, and the severity of the symptoms. Some patients feel relief after the first treatment, and for others it can take 4 sessions before they see some positive results.
What you can do to make acupuncture more effective
There are several things you can do to make acupuncture more effective, like eating well and not skipping meals. You should also avoid consuming caffeine, alcohol, or other types of stimulants before your treatment since it blocks the production of Adenosine.
Acupuncture, on the other hand, increases the production of this natural chemical in your brain, so it’s not a good idea to consume coffee before going to your scheduled acupuncture treatment.
Lastly, follow a healthy lifestyle, which includes balanced nutrition, daily exercise, and proper relaxation. Your acupuncturist will provide you the support and knowledge on how to make these positive changes in your life. With Melbourne’s stage 4 restrictions easing soon, contact us to find out if you are eligible to book an appointment.