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Health Tip: Visiting the Acupuncturist

Preparing for your treatment

(HealthDay News) -- Though acupuncture is a technique that's been used for 2,000 years, only now is it becoming more widely accepted in the United States.

If you're planning to have acupuncture, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture suggests you do the following on the day of your appointment:

  • Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
  • Do not over exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within six hours before or after the treatment.
  • Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest. This is especially important for the first few visits.
  • Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Abuse of drugs or alcohol, especially in the week prior to treatment, could seriously interfere with acupuncture's effectiveness.
  • Remember to keep good mental or written notes of your response to the treatment and share them with your acupuncturist.
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