Kennington Osteopaths & Physiotherapy, 2-4 Cleaver St, Oval, London SE11 4DP

How to prepare for acupuncture treatment

Bartosz Gorecki MD, L.Ac.

How to prepare for acupuncture to get the best results


Acupuncture is a great method to restore your health in the least intrusive and, at the same time, long-lasting way. Very often we come to the acupuncture treatment unprepared, rushing from work, after two espressos, three meetings and high hills.

Whilst that’s our modern working conditions, you want to come to the clinic as rested as humanly possible so your body relax and heal.

To get the best results of the acupuncture treatment, remember to apply some of the tips listed below:


    • You should have light meal, ideally 1-2 hours before the treatment and should not come with empty stomach either.


    • You should avoid coffee (even bullet proof one), green or black tea and energy drinks prior the treatment as they can change your pulse readings. But make sure you stay hydrated.


    • Wear comfy cloths with loose sleeves and legs which you can roll up to your elbows and knees. Do not wear the jeans or tight clothes. If that is the case, you can change your cloths on the site.


    • Also you should avoid the treatment during period or if you are in the 1st trimester of pregnancy unless your acupuncture is for issues concerning these two situations such as painful periods, cramps, clogs in blood, nausea in pregnancy, etc.


    • You may be asked about chronic disease and medications if you take them. If that is the case, make sure you can provide such information.


    • There are no general contradictions to acupuncture or side effects. However, if you are very weak, we will limit the treatment to not exacerbate the condition and you will feel improvement. As always, the treatment is tailored to your particular needs and only after a thorough examination.


Learn how does your first acupuncture visit look like

doctor inserting acupuncture needle in the back