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That depends on your individual condition. At first your acupuncturist will normally ask to see you once or twice a week. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve. Once your health has stabilised you may need top-up treatments every few weeks. Traditional acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to go for a 'retuning' session at the change of each season throughout the year.

Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine.

The holistic approach to healthcare could be said to take a different approach to "conventional" medicine. Most conventional medicine treatments are aimed at a specific symptom or ailment, such as a bad back or a a cold. A holistic practitioner would attempt to work on the underlying causes of these symptoms, in an attempt to stop the symptom recurring.

 

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