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5 Things to Consider When Planning Your First Visit to an Acupuncturist

Acupuncture treatments are very relaxing, plan ahead so you can reap all the benefits of your treatments.

When planning your first visit to an acupuncturist, the goal is to focus on the major issues impacting your wellbeing and to reduce the distractions that might get in the way of focusing undivided attention on your health concerns.

Here are 5 things to consider when planning your first visit to an acupuncturist.

Wear comfortable clothes.

Some acupuncturists have patients change into a johnny so she can easily get access all areas of the body. In general, my patients keep their clothes on. I can still access the lion’s share of the points this way and it also helps the patient feel more comfortable, especially during the first visit. Loose fitting clothes are ideal.

Eat a light snack!

Another thing to be aware of before an acupuncture treatment is what you consume. It’s a great idea to have a light snack one hour before treatment. That way there’s no chance of being hungry on the table, which when combined with an acupuncture treatment can make people feel nauseous or light headed.  Also it’s important not to have a huge meal before treatment. That can make you feel pretty uncomfortable too.


It’s good to be hydrated but perhaps drinking a liter of water in the car on the way over to the office will leave you needing the bathroom several times during your session. Make sure you hydrate but don’t drink so much water that you’ll have to pee right away. The fewer distractions the better during any wellness treatment.

Think of three issues to focus on!

I often tell people to come with three issues that they’d like to resolve during the course of treatment. Three is a good number. It gives the acupuncturist some direction about the symptoms that are most important to the patient and provides focus to the treatments. Don’t worry if there are other health concerns beyond your top three, we will have ample time to delve into your entire well being as during the course of your treatment.

Prepare to relax…

Acupuncture treatments can be very relaxing and are meant to provide the space for decompression. If you happen to be scared of needles, that’s okay. Simply tell your acupuncturist about your phobia and she can work with you to assuage your anxiety.

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, and if you’ve already been to an acupuncturist, what you’re experience was like. Please leave a comment below and I will be sure to respond.

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  • April Cook

    I’ve thinking of doing acupuncture to help with tension headaches that I’ve been having. I was a little nervous about what to expect and how to prepare, and these tips help to ease my concerns. I especially like the tip to have three issues to focus. i’ll make sure to do that before go in. Thanks for the information!