*Traditionally, acupuncture therapy is administered daily, for several days in a row, typically 5-10 days consecutively, followed by a short break of 1-3 days, and then another course of 5-10 days of therapy, as needed until the symptoms have been alleviated. In some cases, acupuncture is administered every other day rather than daily. A schedule of once per week treatment means that a course of 10 acupuncture treatments can easily take 3 months, compared to 10-20 days in China. In many instances, the weekly acupuncture appears adequate to address the patient’s needs. However, it is frequently reported that an acupuncture treatment helps the patient notably, but the apparent effects wear off in a day or two.
If a patient gets treated once per week at a cost of $80 per treatment (with $110 the first visit), the cost for 10 treatments over a three month period is $830. If a patient, instead, came for a course of 10 treatments over three weeks (average of 3 treatments per week), and paid $110 for the first visit, $80 for the second but $40 for the follow-up treatments, the cost would be $520. This is not only less cost, but potentially far more effective treatment, and more convenient for the patient, who visits for only half an hour during most of the treatments. Either the therapy is working or not by the end of 10 treatments and, if it is not, the patient can move on, instead of waiting three months to find out.