Spend some time thinking about what you would like to achieve from your acupuncture treatment

  • What are your expectations?
  • What questions or concerns do you have about acupuncture?
  • When did this condition first appear?
  • Is this a new condition or a recurring illness?
  • What brought it on? What triggers it?
  • Is your condition getting worse?
  • To what degree does it interfere with your daily routine, work or sleep?
  • What aggravates it? What provides relief?
  • What time of day does it bother you the most, or the least?

What Type Of Pain Do You Have

Acupuncture recognizes the distinctions in different types of pain. For example, burning pain is not the same as pain that is dull and achy. Below are some words you might use to distinguish your particular type of pain:

  • Distending
  • Numb
  • Pins & needles
  • No feeling
  • Wandering
  • Pounding
  • Sharp
  • Dull and achy
  • Constant Burning
  • Contracting/Tight
  • Heavy
  • Radiating
  • Intermittent
  • Stabbing

The Day of Your Appointment

The following suggestions are provided to help the best acupuncture experience possible:

  • Bring your notes and a list of current medications.
  • Try to eat a light meal 2 hours prior to your visit.
  • Acupuncture should not be performed on individuals who are fasting.
  • Being over-hungry increases the risk of nausea or dizziness. At the same time, please do not overeat or eat any foods that cause your stomach to be upset
  • Avoid alcohol on the day of your treatment.
  • Avoid heavy exertion (including sexual activity) immediately before and after treatment (i.e. within 2 hours).
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up to your elbows or knees. Gym clothing works best