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 issues, only 2-4 sessions are needed to completely 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 are healthy in general, your body has the potential to heal and repair itself within the given time frame by using it resources. 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? 
    1. Some people get instant acupuncture and others may respond slower to the treatment. Most people fall somewhere in the middle. The best way to observe how your body reacts to acupuncture, is to GET ACUPUNCTURE! After a few sessions, we’ll be able to assess of how many sessions you’ll need.

    Have more acupuncture questions? Read these acu FAQ.


    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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