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Preparing for Acupuncture

Instructions to patients receiving Acupuncture Treatment:

  • Have a light meal before treatment
  • Continue medications prescribed by your doctor
  • Do not take alcohol, barbiturates or tranquilisers for four hours before treatment
  • Be well rested if possible
  • Inform the acupuncturist if you are or may be pregnant

Instructions to patients after an Acupuncture Treatment:

  • Rest for two hours after you go home if possible
  • If treatment is for a painful condition, avoid strenuous activity for 2 days after a treatment even if you are free of pain
  • Take pain pills or other medications as directed by your doctor; record the amount taken so that you can discuss with your therapist
  • Do not take any alcohol or caffeine for two hours after treatment. Do not smoke for one hour after treatment
  • Some people obtain relief immediately; some require several treatments before responding. Some do not respond
  • Occasionally symptoms become worse before they improve. This usually lasts 1-2 days
  • The number of treatments required varies with each person, and with each injury or condition