This is very dependent on the condition and the individual, but I usually like to start with 6 to 8 treatments as a baseline. For very acute problems, where treatment is started right away, 3-5 treatments over 2-3 weeks may be all we need. For long term and chronic issues, a good guideline is a month of weekly treatments for every year you have had a problem. After about 6 treatments, we should know if you are being helped by acupuncture. Sometimes it takes a little bit of trial and error to really hone in on your diagnosis. More often, we know very quickly if it’s helping, because you are feeling better. When a condition has been sufficiently helped and weekly treatment is no longer necessary, I like to see patients for “tune ups” once a month, or every few months.