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Learn if you can before your acupuncture session

Yes, you can eat before your acupuncture session.

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 acupuncture session.