What To Do Before and After Your Acupuncture Treatment

  • It is essential to eat before a treatment to avoid feeling light, headed, dizzy, or faint.
  • It is best to eat something light 2 hours ahead of time.
  • If you don’t have time to eat 2 hours ahead of time, be sure to eat something before your treatment.  Please don’t eat a large or heavy meal  (meats, etc).
  • Also, be sure to drink water before and especially after your acupuncture treatment.
  • Try to avoid coffee, or other caffeine the day of your treatment.
  • Tongue diagnosis is an important aspect of Chinese medicinal diagnostics, so it is essential to not alter the tongue’s appearance before a treatment. 
  • If you scrape your tongue, please do not scrape it before your treatment. 
  • Avoid purple grape juice, candies that will dye your tongue a different color, or any other substance that will change the color of the tongue.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes to your appointment. 
  • Try to arrive 10 minutes early, or on time. If it’s your first appointment, please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to fill out paperwork.



  • It is ok to eat soon after your acupuncture treatment. It is probably still a good idea to not eat a very large or heavy meal. Be sure to eat!
  • Avoid alcohol on the day of your treatment.
  • Please do not do vigorous exercise after your acupuncture treatment.
  • The treatment continues to work even after you are no longer on the table. It is best to relax after your acupuncture treatment, if possible. Drink a lot of water. Taking a hot bath is also a great post-treatment ritual. If you have your acupuncture treatment before going to work, then try to avoid stress on that day.
  • Some people find that they are more sensitive after their acupuncture treatment. If you are going through a particularly emotional time, it may be useful to schedule your acupuncture appointment on a day and time when you don’t have any social demands afterward. This is not true for everyone and some people find going to work or socializing after acupuncture doesn’t bother them.

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