What Is the General Time Scale?
It is important to remember that acupuncture is a process, rather than a one-off treatment that will be able to help you with anything that ails you. This means that you should expect different types of treatment depending on the condition of your body and what needs to be done in order to correct any issues you are suffering from.
As such it is difficult to provide a completely accurate timescale of how long you should expect to receive acupuncture for in order to resolve the problem. Many specialists recommend a three-month course of treatment, though this in itself can vary depending on the pain levels you are experiencing. For example, a person who is suffering a low level of pain will likely have to the treatments once a week over the course of those three months, whereas somebody suffering from a large amount of pain can expect to be seen multiple times during the course of the week.
So as a general idea, your treatment as a whole will likely last approximately three months, but the regularity in which you visit your specialist will vary depending on your condition and how much pain you feel.
How Quick Should I Notice Acupuncture Results?
Of course, many people will want to see results as quickly as possible when trying an alternative therapy like acupuncture.
It is common for you to feel slight stiffness and perhaps a little-increased pain in whatever area is causing you issue for up to 48 hours. This is completely normal and is to be expected as your body needs to adjust to the treatment that it is receiving.
After that first 48 hours, you should start noticing that your pain starts to ease, if only for a little bit. Over time, you will note that your pain continues to decrease, assuming you stick to the treatment plan that has been laid out for you by your therapist.
As such, a good rule of thumb when answering the question of how quickly the acupuncture starts to work to the point you experience noticeable change is one week, however, this may differ depending on the severity of your condition.