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  Wai Tak Cheung: What Can I as a Patient Do to Prepare for Treatment?  
     
  It is best to tell the acupuncturist about any conditions you have that previous diagnosis did not include, such as any numbness, unusual bruising, allergies to food or drugs, cysts, tumors, and so forth. You should also tell the acupuncturist if your other practitioners have said that there is nothing more that can be done for you. Often, the acupuncturist can achieve additional results, but he or she must have a complete picture of the patient's physical and emotional conditions. Certainly, you must alert your acupuncturist about any allergies you have especially allergies toward alcohol swabs and other disinfectants.

The most important thing is to be rested and relaxed. If you need to travel some distance to reach the clinic, give yourself half an hour to relax before and after the treatment. Get a good night's sleep the night before the treatment and avoid sexual relations for twelve hours before treatment.

Also, it is best not to drink any alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, the day you are to be treated, or to take hot baths. Avoid extremes; do everything in moderation. It is best to eat a light meal before treatment; avoid anything that would put stress on the body, including a heavy meal.

I have found from my experience that babies and people aged 50 or older respond to acupuncture treatments most readily. Perhaps this is because young people expend their energy in many ways, which can diminish the positive effects of acupuncture treatment.
 
     
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