The number of treatments needed to achieve your health goals varies significantly person to person. Several factors, including the severity of the problem and how long it has been there, are part of what determines how many treatments a specific symptom or condition will need. At your consultation appointment our clinic director will meet with you and determine if you are a candidate for our care. We will recommend the therapies that will give you the best result. We will also let you know your prognosis, that is, when to expect to see improvement as well as how much improvement to expect. Although many patients do see a temporary improvement immediately during the very first session, this is not always the case. A “standard” or minimum course of acupuncture in China is approximately 7 treatments.