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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST TREATMENT

The following suggestions are provided to help you have a safe and relaxing experience with acupuncture. Please read this section carefully. If you have any questions, please ask me prior to your first visit.

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  • Please bring a list of current medications you are taking, including any prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins.

  • Please bring any lab or medical reports relevant to your condition.

  • Eat a light meal a few hours prior to your visit. Acupuncture is not performed on individuals who are fasting. Being over-hungry increases the risk of nausea or dizziness. At the same time, please do not overeat or eat any foods that cause your stomach to be upset (for example, rich, greasy, fried, or extremely spicy foods).

  • Avoid alcohol on the day of your treatment. Acupuncture is not performed on intoxicated individuals due to the increased risk of shock. It is also not advisable to become intoxicated shortly after treatment.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Acupuncture points are located all over the body. Many of the acupuncture points that are commonly used are located between the wrists and elbows and the ankles and knees. You will be more comfortable if your clothing can be easily rolled up to your elbows and knees, such as a pair of shorts that you can leave in your car.

  • To further enhance the effectiveness of your treatment, it is best to drink additional water the day of treatment as well as to get additional sleep (whether through a nap or going to bed earlier). This allows more time for the affect of the needles in your body's nervous and endocrine system to work.

  • For patients looking to come in for support with labor delivery, please book your first appointment 2-3 weeks in advance of your scheduled delivery date/induction.