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How do I prepare for acupuncture treatment?

Dr. Daniel Hsu, DAOM
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

I recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing to receive acupuncture treatment. You should be aware that the acupuncturist may need to access points on your torso, arms and legs. It also helps to be in a calm state. Try to arrive 5 or 10 minutes before your appointment to give yourself a chance to relax. Try to avoid the following:

- Eating a big meal within one hour of your appointment

- Fasting for more than six hours before your appointment

- Alcohol, tobacco, food or drinks that color your tongue (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment or just following a treatment

- Vigorous exercise or sexual activity within the hour before treatment

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