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How to Prepare for Your Very First Acupuncture Appointment

Although acupuncture has existed since ancient times, it wasn’t until the 1970s that it has been accepted in mainstream society. But as more and more people experience its benefits, the number of patients seeking acupuncture is also increasing. 

If you have set an appointment for acupuncture for the very first time, you are likely a bit nervous. After all, you wouldn’t know what to expect from a treatment that is so different from what you are used to. To help you prepare for your first appointment, here are some of the things you need to do before your session:

Eat Light Food About Two Hours Prior to Your Appointment

It is important to have a light meal about an hour or two hours before your appointment. Consume a well-balanced meal without overeating. You may also ask the practitioner to recommend a diet that is suitable for your condition.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated leading into your appointment is also important. It is recommended that you drink approximately 8 glasses of water a day. 

Choose Clothing That Wil Make You Comfortable During the Session

Make sure your clothes are loose and not restrictive. Wear clothes that are easy to roll up to the knees and elbows. Not to worry if you don’t arrive wearing loose clothing. Blankets and sheets are used to drape to keep the body warm and covered.

Prepare to Share Your Full Medical History 

It is important that you inform the practitioner about your complete medical history. Before your appointment, you will fill out an Initial Intake Form which includes a medical history and a place to explain your symptoms you are experiencing. 

Stay Away From Alcohol and Minimize Caffeine

Avoid consuming alcohol and minimize caffeine intake before your appointment. Caffeine is present in coffee, tea, and various carbonated drinks, while alcohol is present in beer, wine, and liquor. You can ask the practitioner if there are other things you should avoid before your appointment.


You may not know what to expect when you get your first treatment from a Registered Acupuncturist or Naturopathic Doctor. However, most people are wonderfully surprised on how relaxed and comfortable acupuncture treatments are! Don’t be surprised if you have a nice little nap during treatment.

When you’re ready to benefit from acupuncture in Waterloo, TouchStone Health is here for you. Our Registered Acupuncturist and Naturopathic Doctors can provide you with a healing experience unlike any other. Schedule an appointment today!

564-572 Weber Street North, Unit 3A
Waterloo, Ontario