BRING A COPY OF YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY
The first way to prepare for your acupuncture appointment is to remember your medical history or if you don’t remember, bring a copy of it. It will be helpful if it’s your first time since you’ll be filling out some forms and answering questions about your medical history. With your medical history, it’ll help your acupuncturist decide the best treatments for you. If you have been coming frequently, it’s important to tell your acupuncturist any new changes to your medical history. It will be helpful if your acupuncturist needs to adjust your treatments so it works with any changes your doctor makes.
The second thing to prepare for your acupuncture appointment is to eat something light. Your appointment will be about an hour and if it’s your first time, it will take longer. At that time, you may start to get hungry and be distracted from feeling the healing effect of acupuncture treatment. In some cases, you may start to feel lightheaded and might even faint during your session. For effective treatment and your health, it is recommended to eat beforehand.
TRY NOT TO DRINK TOO MUCH CAFFEINE
The last way to prepare is you shouldn’t drink a lot of caffeine before coming to your acupuncture appointment. Why? Caffeine is a stimulant, and it will affect your fight or flight response. It will be harder to relax and you can’t help but move a lot. It’s preferred that this doesn’t happen. Instead, your acupuncturist prefers that you are relaxed and calm to feel the alleviating effects of the treatment. It’s also important since it also involves acupuncture needles being inserted into your skin. If you’re going to drink a lot of caffeine, drink it a couple of hours before your appointment.