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Learn more about how to prepare and what to expect for your first acupuncture treatment

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  • Eat a hearty meal 1-2 hours before your appointment. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. 

  • Limit caffeine intake, as this can make you more sensitive to the acupuncture needles

  • Do not eat or drink brightly colored foods (or coffee!) that may stain or alter the color of your mouth and tongue.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing with sleeves or legs that can be easily rolled up or removed.

  • Please show up on time, and complete all paperwork online 2 hours before your appointment begins


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  • Your first appointment will last 60-75 minutes. 

  • During your first appointment we will discuss your current state of health in great detail. The average Western medical doctor (MD) only spends 7 minutes with each patient!

  • We will spend 30-60 minutes discussing your complete medical history, as well as many other details that may be impacting your health.

  • Your first session of acupuncture will be a gentle introduction to this form of therapy. If you are apprehensive at all about the process or the needles, great care will be taken to guide you smoothly and comfortably through the treatment.

  • At the end of your treatment you will be provided with your complete treatment plan - a "blueprint" for the coming weeks of what to expect, and our recommendations for herbal medicines, exercise, nutrition, and future treatments.



  • Refrain from overexertion, sauna, drugs, or alcohol for at least 6 hours after your treatment. 

  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. 

  • Be sure to stick with your treatment plan! That means taking your herbal medicines consistently, keeping all your future acupuncture appointments, and making small lifestyle changes - these will all have a BIG impact on the improvement of your health!

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