WEAR LOOSE AND COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
Try to wear loose and comfortable clothes before you go to your appointment. This will help your acupuncturist to easily place the needles on your body’s acupoints. This is because the needles need to be directly applied to the skin. Also, this will help reduce discomfort as you go through the session that will take about an hour or so.
EAT SOMETHING LIGHT
Before your acupuncture session, you need to eat preferably something light. But, it’s better to eat big than not eat anything at all because it will help with your treatment. This will prevent you from feeling hungry during the session and more importantly reduces chances of lightheadedness or fainting. A good recommendation so you don’t feel full is eating a light meal 2 hours before your appointment.
NOT TOO MUCH CAFFEINE
Don’t drink a lot of caffeine before you go to your acupuncture session. It’s because caffeine is a stimulant and it will affect your fight-or-flight response. This will increase your heart rate and your acupuncturist can’t get an accurate reading of your pulse. Also, to have the most effective treatment, they would like you to feel calm and not be ready to jump out of nowhere. If you are going to drink a lot of caffeine, drink it two hours before your appointment.
You shouldn’t drink any alcohol before you go to your appointment. Although alcohol can make you feel relaxed, it won’t be beneficial and even dangerous if you’re heavily intoxicated. Also, drink too much was found to be bad for your cholesterol levels. Alcohol can make you feel too relaxed because it’s a depressant. By doing this, our acupuncturist doesn’t know if you are in discomfort because you may not be able to correctly pinpoint where you are feeling pain.
REMEMBER PAST HEALTH CONCERNS (MEDICAL HISTORY)
It’s good to bring your medical history or to remember them when you go to your appointment. If you have anything related to your high cholesterol like your lifestyle, you should tell your acupuncturist. It will help them determine the best treatments for you and it will help determine where to place the acupuncture needles since there are areas where you might feel more pain. It’s important because your acupuncturist wants you to feel comfortable and sometimes one of the treatments may not work well with the medication you are taking.
DON’T BE NERVOUS
If it is your first acupuncture or even scared of needles, you might feel a little nervous. It’s okay to be nervous. Our acupuncturist will take care of you. Feel free to take your time in answering any questions your acupuncturist may have or even how scared you are about needles. Taking your time will only help you. Our acupuncturists are here to help you and will love to hear how they can help you.