Can You Eat Before Having Acupuncture?
Yes, you can eat before having acupuncture treatment
It's best not to have acupuncture treatment on an empty stomach as you may feel dizzy or light headed afterwards, so eat before if you're hungry, but don't eat a heavy meal.
It's also not ideal to have acupuncture on a full stomach, although it shouldn't cause you any problems. Eat 1- 2 hours before your acupuncture session.
What should I avoid eating before having acupuncture?
The acupuncturist will look at your tongue as part of a Chinese medicine diagnosis. You should not drink any liquids or food including sweets (candy) that can stain your tongue before seeing your acupuncturist as it will make the tongue diagnose more difficult.
Can I eat after having acupuncture?
Yes, you can eat after your acupuncture appointment. Having acupuncture can increase your appetite making you feel hungry after your treatment.
Preparing for your treatment
Before your acupuncture treatment your acupuncturist may have emailed you forms to fill out. If not, then you may be asked to fill them out when you arrive.
It's best to wear loose clothing that can be rolled up easily. Different styles of acupuncture will need access to different body areas to stimulate the acupuncture points.
Dr (TCM) Attilio D'Alberto graduated from Beijing University in China and has over 14 years of practicing acupuncture in London.