Stages of Care in Acupuncture
Sep 25, 2016

Benjamin Dierauf, Licensed Acupuncturist

Stages of Care in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

I’m often asked how often one needs acupuncture. Here is a short synopsis. If you wish to discuss further, please let me know.

Stage 1: Acute Care
This stage focuses primarily on treating the chief complaint, i.e. the pain or illness that affects quality of life. During this stage, treatment is usually 1-2 times per week, and I usually recommend a series of 4-6 treatments to start.

Stage 2: Helping the Body Rediscover Balance
In Oriental Medicine, health complaints result from a life out of balance. Because it is holistic in nature, we can diagnose these imbalances and provide a treatment plan that addresses them. During this stage, treatment is usually every 1-2 weeks, and there is often an accompanying herbal formula.

Stage 3: Maintenance of Balance
While ideally we strive for a life that creates its own balance, the reality is that the stresses of modern living have a way of challenging us, and it’s often helpful to schedule regular ‘tune-ups’. These can range anywhere from once per month, change of seasons, or year – ultimately this is an individual decision. For myself, I get acupuncture once per week and find it invaluable.

As we enter into the Fall, it’s worthwhile to consider doing a whole body tune-up strengthen our immune system and better prepare ourselves to absorb the bountiful yin energy of coolness, contemplation, and consolidation that comes with Winter.

Posted by: Benjamin

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