The number of treatments needed vary from patient to patient depending on the condition. An acute issue may resolve in one or two sessions. Chronic health problems may take 6 or more weekly visits to resolve. Progress is evaluated after at least 3 treatments, though changes will be seen before then.
When moving into maintenance of health, a monthly visit can treat and prevent any imbalances for overall wellness.
At the first visit, the practitioner takes a detailed health history, fully investigates the chief complaint, and provides acupuncture and/or other necessary modalities. This first visit is longer, about an hour and a half. After that, sessions are about an hour long.
In general, chronic conditions take longer to treat than acute conditions. A general rule of thumb is one month of weekly treatment for every year someone has had a particular health condition.