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The acupuncture office of Deborah Hutchinson, PhD, LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM)®. Located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, offering acupuncture and moxibustion according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles

How should I prepare for my treatment?

Before your appointment:

  • Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you.
  • If you are a new patient, we will send you a link to download the paperwork to fill out ahead of time.
  • In the 2-3 hours before your appointment:
    • Try to be relaxed for your appointment as best as you can — avoid rushing, stressful situations, overexertion, etc.
    • Do not eat large meals just before your visit, but also don’t skip meals.
    • Stay hydrated.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Some patients bring shorts, sweat pants, tank tops, etc. to change into for the treatment.

After your treatment:

  • Refrain from overexertion, strenuous activities, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • You can still take your prescribed medications for any health conditions you have. Follow your provider’s dosing schedule for your medication.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Do not eat large meals just after your visit.
  • Stay hydrated — you don’t need to drink a lot of extra water after a treatment, but making sure you stay properly hydrated is always good for your health.


Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems. Also make note of any changes you notice with other health conditions, bodily functions, and mood.


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