Attilio D'Alberto
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"I had a long-term needle phobia and was very apprehensive about having acupuncture. Attilio put me at ease straight away and made me feel relaxed"
"I discovered that I loved acupuncture"

Can you eat before having acupuncture treatment?

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 accupuncture on a full stomach, although it shouldn't cause you any problems. Eat 1- 2 hours before your session starts.

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 treatment. Having treatment can increase your appetite making you feel hungry after your treatment.

Preparing for your treatment

24 hours before your session 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.