What To Expect – Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a Process

It is very rare that a problem can be resolved in one treatment. In China, a typical protocol for any chronic condition is acupuncture every other day for three months. Most of our patients don’t need that many treatments, but virtually everyone requires a course of treatment in order to get what they want from acupuncture.

On your first visit, your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment, which can be anything from “we’d like to see you once a week for six weeks” to “we’d really like to see you every day for the next four days.” This suggestion is based on our experience with treating your particular condition. If you don’t come in often enough or long enough, you may not achieve the full benefits. The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you make that commitment. If you have questions about how long it will take to see results, please ask.

Here is what we recommend for frequency of treatments:

If your pain is a 10 out of 10, or you are at the end of your rope, come in daily until we see some changes.
If your pain is a 5 out of 10 or over, preferably two to three times a week.
If your pain is a 4 or less, come in once or twice a week.

Chronic issues that are not severe, once a week for 6-8 weeks and then we will re-evaluate.

Really long term chronic issues, once a week for ten weeks or twice a week for 5 weeks.

PMS, endometriosis, menstrual cycle related issues: weekly until you have a cycle that is OK, then every other week until 2 OK cycles, then once a month in the week before the problem week.

Chronic stress: once a week until the stress subsides, meaning the evil boss quits, the sick kids get better, or you find different ways to cope.

Most other issues: weekly until 50% improvement, and then every other week until resolution.

Chronic conditions with very poor prognosis, we recommended weekly indefinitely. Treatment will most likely focus on symptom control and overall support.

Aimee G.
"Having found relief for severe dry eyes ~ it's absolutely amazing!"
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:07:48+00:00
"Having found relief for severe dry eyes ~ it's absolutely amazing!"
Valerie U.
"Relaxing and transformative."
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:22:54+00:00
"Relaxing and transformative."
Dawn F.
"Emily is so sweet, warm & welcoming, and my treatment was incredibly relaxing.  Christine is so polite and welcoming too!  First impression on phone & in person is so important & she’s #1."
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:12:45+00:00
"Emily is so sweet, warm & welcoming, and my treatment was incredibly relaxing.  Christine is so polite and welcoming too!  First impression on phone & in person is so important & she’s #1."
Lindsay B.
"Very relaxed and refreshed!  Deb is amazing and always knows what works best for me!"
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:09:24+00:00
"Very relaxed and refreshed!  Deb is amazing and always knows what works best for me!"
Tracy M.
"Always feels good.  Deb is great."
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:26:40+00:00
"Always feels good.  Deb is great."
Ann C.
"After my treatments, I always feel so lifted, rested and balanced!"
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:30:15+00:00
"After my treatments, I always feel so lifted, rested and balanced!"
Nan E.
"Emily is the best!  Having plantar fasciitis over 25 years, I was losing hope, she got rid of the pain.  It's wonderful to live pain free again."
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:28:40+00:00
"Emily is the best!  Having plantar fasciitis over 25 years, I was losing hope, she got rid of the pain.  It's wonderful to live pain free again."
Maurice H.
"Deb is the world’s best, 100% better after my treatment."
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:12:06+00:00
"Deb is the world’s best, 100% better after my treatment."
Ericka W.
"My first GEN7M treatment was a breakthrough in my brain injury recovery!  The heavy cloud of depression and anxiety was lifted from my spirit, and I left empowered to cope with my difficult migraine and vertigo symptoms!  I know this will continue to be a part of my healing journey!  Thank you!"
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:11:25+00:00
"My first GEN7M treatment was a breakthrough in my brain injury recovery!  The heavy cloud of depression and anxiety was lifted from my spirit, and I left empowered to cope with my difficult migraine and vertigo symptoms!  I know this will continue to be a part of my healing journey!  Thank you!"
Terry S.
"Instant & long term feeling so good.  It is crazy!"
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Iowa
2017-12-17T14:14:46+00:00
"Instant & long term feeling so good.  It is crazy!"