This is a basic question about acupuncture frequency, but I've been struggling with it lately.
I've beed practicing acupuncture for about a year now, and I mostly treat elderly patients with arthritis (Bi syndorme). I have found that what works best for most of my patients is to see them twice a week (some three times a week, if their pain is more acute) for the first 4-5 weeks (this seems to suit them the best, both financially and travel-wise), and then, depending on the results, see them once a week, then once every two weeks, and eventually taper it down to a "tune-up" session once a month. If the symptoms come back, which they rarely have so far, we do a few sessions together again.
I have been told recently that this approach is wrong, and that what I should be doing is around 12 sessions very close together, and then do a pause of at least 3 months or more. And then repeat the cluster of sessions when necessary. I have of course heard of this approach before, but I haven't really thought it was so set in stone. Is there some significance in waiting the 3 months? Am I doing damage, or dampening the results by needling every month?
I am happy to do it either way, if one way is for some reason superior to the other.
What do you think?
Thank you very much!