Acupuncture Preparation

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Are there “Do’s and Don’ts” for a patient on a day of treatment?

Yes, the following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefits from your treatment:


  • Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of bacterial infection.
  • Wear loose clothing and if possible, avoid wearing tight stockings.
  • Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, emotionally upset, or shortly after sex.
  • Avoid eating a big meal within one hour of your appointment (digestion alters the pattern of your pulse)
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, food or drinks that color your tongue (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment or just following a treatment
  • Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
  • Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor.
  • Please bring with you any information about your case you may have from your other doctors, including things like lab tests, blood work, reports of x-rays or MRI's, etc. To save time you may fill out our office forms before coming into the office.
  • Relax; there is no need to be frightened. Ask your practitioner any questions you have along the way so that you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
  • During the treatment, do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your practitioner.
  • Very few people experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, shortness of breath, or faintness during treatment. This can occur if you are nervous. Inform your practitioner immediately so he or she can readjust or withdraw the needles. Also, let your practitioner know if you feel an increasing amount of pain or burning sensation during the treatment.
  • If you find your treatment unbearable at any point, be sure to speak up so that your practitioner can make proper adjustments or stop the treatment.


It also helps to be in a calm state. Try to arrive 10 or 15 minutes before your appointment to give yourself a chance to relax. Comfortable, loose clothing should be worn.