4 Things to Keep in Mind When Preparing for an Acupuncture Appointment

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Preparing for an Acupuncture Appointment

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Washington D.C., Reston, Virginia, and in Bethesda, Maryland.

You likely have specific health and wellness goals to achieve from acupuncture, which is why you must be mindful of how you prepare for your appointment. Here’s what to keep in mind before heading to your Bethesda acupuncture appointment at Seasons in Our Life.

When to Schedule

Acupuncture and other healing treatments are not something to schedule in the middle of a hectic day—as you don’t want to be rushing to or from your appointment. While you may have additional commitments after your appointment, you want them to be lower-stress activities. If possible, schedule when you have at least an hour or two free afterward.

What to Eat and Drink

One of your goals is to relax your nervous system, so no coffee or caffeinated tea for at least two hours before your appointment. In terms of food, you want to be neither hungry or full during your appointment—so aim to eat about two hours beforehand. For best results avoid greasy, spicy, or large meals the day of your appointment.

What to Wear

Change into loose clothing such as a t-shirt and loose gym shorts or athletic pants. This will make you feel more comfortable and will make it easier for Dr. Durana to access the meridians and pressure points.

What to Bring

It can be helpful to bring a few notes to your first appointment to make sure you fill out your intake forms fully and completely. This should include things such as:

  • Reason for trying acupuncture
  • Current prescriptions
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Past accidents, injuries, or surgeries
  • Family medical history

These tips will help you get the most out of your appointment. To learn more about acupuncture in Bethesda reach out to Seasons In Our Life today! 

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