A New Perspective
In today’s world, instant gratification is in high demand. People who are new to acupuncture often expect immediate results, and stop coming when they are not seen. Unfortunately, acupuncture is not going to solve your problems overnight. It’s not like popping a pill. Acupuncture works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next.
I consider a course of treatment to be 6-10 sessions, received once weekly, or more often depending on the severity of the problem. The first 6-10 sessions commonly produce some improvement, or even complete recovery. But again, it depends on the nature of the condition.
Diet and lifestyle contribute significantly to a person’s likelihood of success with acupuncture. If your body is not being properly nourished and cared for on a regular basis, it’s going to face an uphill battle when it starts trying to heal. Sometimes even foods that are considered “healthy” according to Western dietary standards may be detrimental for a specific constitution.
In addition to diet, acupuncturists ask about lifestyle- things like sleep patterns, alcohol consumption, work load, hydration, emotional behaviors, etc. All of these things inform an acupuncturist of a patient's overall picture of health and help determine the starting place for treatment.
Healing with acupuncture happens when the patient and practitioner enter a true partnership: the acupuncturist truly listens to the patient and the patient is open to a new perspective on health. Only then can the expected outcome be produced.