How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?

by Jacy O'Neill, LAc |

How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?

As an Acupuncturist, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “how many treatments will I need?”.  The answer to this question depends on many different factors, which I address through a variety of questions:

Question One: How Long Have You Had this Need? 

For new or acute problems, only 2-4 treatments may be needed to fully resolve the problem. However, if you’ve had an issue for decades, don’t be surprised that it may take 10+ treatments.

How is Your General Overall Health? 

    If you’re generally pretty healthy overall, your body has the resources to appropriately heal and repair itself in a timely manner. But, if you’ve got numerous health issues going on simultaneously, your body’s resources are more easily consumed. In this case, it may take some more time to heal.

    How Responsive is Your Body to Acupuncture? 

    Some people are super responders to acupuncture and others may respond a bit slower. Most people fall somewhere in the middle. The best way to see how your body responds to acupuncture, is to get acupuncture! After a few treatments, we’ll be able to have a better idea of how many treatments you’ll need.


    Care Consideration: Just a reminder that the above information is not a substitute for medical care and is not a substitute for medical advice or recommendations  from a healthcare provider.  This information is not intended to treat, mitigate or cure any disease.  That said, we encourage you to connect with an Acupuncturist in your community to learn more about this and other Traditional Chinese Medicine options.  If you’ve got questions about Chinese herbal medicine or getting started with an Acupuncturist, feel free to connect with us on

    Jacy O'Neill is an acupuncturist at Affinity Acupuncture in Billings, Montana. She earned her Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with a focus on integrative healthcare from Pacific College of Health and Science. She has experience working with all kinds of patients in a variety of settings, including clinics focused on pain management and oncology, and she’s excited to be able to provide holistic care in her home state. Find her practice at

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