How long do the effects of acupuncture last?

How Long Do the Effects of Acupuncture Last?

Acupuncture is known to be an effective form of treatment for many symptoms. Since everyone is different, it's hard to generalize the long term benefits of acupuncture for the entire population.

The effects of acupuncture depend on the person and the symptoms that they present with. Their medical history also contributes to the effectiveness of acupuncture.

A person with severe and intense symptoms may not experience as long-lasting release as someone with a minor amount of pain. This is because patients with intense pain typically require more treatments to see the expected results, as there is often more work to be done to release stored tension in the body.

Meanwhile, patients with minor injuries or pain may experience significant relief after one or a few treatments. Many patients with less severe injuries elect to receive their acupuncture treatments on a less frequent basis, as the effects of each individual treatment are more efficient.

However, even with less severe symptoms, the body often needs time to adapt to the method of treatment and changes in a person's health. This is especially true for acupuncture, as sometimes the body needs to rebalance before responding and showing results.

In summary, the amount of time the effects of acupuncture last largely depends on the individual's age, symptoms, and treatments they are receiving. This means that the effects can last for either a few days to a couple of weeks.

Some patients come in for sessions weekly, others come on a monthly schedule, and still, others come in on an as-needed basis. There is no research indicating that multiple acupuncture sessions are harmful to the body, so a patient can see a professional acupuncturist as often as recommended.

Length of acupuncture session

How Long Does Each Session Last?

Acupuncture sessions can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the type of treatment you are receiving.

Depending on the condition you are being treated for, you may need to attend acupuncture sessions for anywhere between three and six sessions. If you have a more severe condition you may need to attend a longer duration of sessions and then return on an as-needed basis


It's hard to generalize the exact amount of time that the effects of acupuncture will last, as it varies on an individual basis.

Each patient should consult with a professional acupuncturist to get a better understanding of the type of treatment they need and for an estimate of the duration.

Once beginning the treatment process, you will be able to better understand how long you will need to receive treatment based on the results you experience.

If you have any questions about acupuncture and the benefits it has to offer, feel free to reach out. At Mindful Medicine Rochester, we put our clients' health first by customizing treatment options for patients on an individual basis. We will happily answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have about what you are feeling and we can do to help you feel better.

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