This will depend on the type and severity of the conditions, how long you have had the condition plus ongoing exposure to aggravating factors, the general rule is: chronic issue takes a longer time to heal and than acute problems.
An approximate number of treatments needed to stabilize, maintain and prevent your condition is assessed in the Initial Evaluation and outlined in the treatment plan you receive.
Generally, as a guide for a condition that has been present longer than 6 to 12 months you should expect at least six treatments to see changes in symptoms, after 6 treatments the person will have a clearer idea of how many treatments will be needed based on the improvements gained. Some conditions can not be completely resolved but after initial couse of treatments occasional treatments can keep a person free of pain and correctly functioning, acupuncture can be also used to prevent illness and increase performance.
The number of treatments needed to resolve or only to stabilize symptoms depends on many individual factors on including;
The type and duration of the condition being treated.
The skill and experience of the acupuncturist to diagnose the cause of the condition.
Acupuncturist's ability to locate and test for the most effective acupuncture points for each individual.
The use of conjunctive therapies in treatment like cupping therapy, scraping and micro-needles used to speed up results.
Higher frequency of treatments at begining, that is shorter periods between sessions; 6 treatments in 3 weeks will get significantly better results then 6 treatments in 6 weeks. Though most people only can manage 1 treatment per week, with the use of micro-needles we are still able to obtain great results. After symptoms are improved, time between treatments are spread out further.
Aggravating factors and lifestyle of patients between treatments.
How often should I have acupuncture treatments?
How long does the acupuncture effect last?
If the acupuncturist has diagnosed correctly and tested to find the most effective acupuncture points, treatments will stimulate the body to repair and regulate for about 3 to 5 days after that the effects will start to slow in the initial stages of treatment. The effects gained will not usually reverse unless there are agrevating factors still in patients life, but it is best that is why Acupuncture is repeated again 3-5 days later to gain momentum until symptoms are stabilized.
The effects of acupuncture are usually accumulative and after symptoms are stabalized occasional maintaince may or may not be required.