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  FAQ: How Many Treatments Will I Need?  
     
  The total number of treatments depends on the condition being treated, the length and severity of that condition, your general state of health, and how you respond to treatment. Acupuncture is not a miracle; it is a medical treatment. Most acupuncturists will not accept a patient for only one treatment.

Usually a set of treatments is recommended to see if a patient is responsive to acupuncture. After this, it is easier to get an approximate idea of the total number of treatments needed. When a patient sees me for tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome, for the condition enough, I try internal and external herbal remedies and four more acupuncture treatments. If there is no change by then, I recommend the patient stop the treatments-not because acupuncture cannot help them, but perhaps that my particular knowledge cannot help them.

Many conditions, such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis, will improve dramatically after a few treatments. Does this mean you should then stop treatments? No. You may need infrequent treatment once the condition has been controlled, but your body will need to be "reminded" to keep a healthy state throughout your life, like a periodic tune up for your car.

In any case, it is best to discuss your individual case with your acupuncturist. If there is more your acupuncturist can do for you, he or she will tell you.
 
     
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