What is an Acupuncture Diet? Nutritional Counseling and Chinese Medicine

Nutrition is an important aspect of healing the body naturally in conjunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Proper nutrition one can help heal the body and aid in disease prevention. Many diseases and symptoms can be treated with dietary changes however, it can take a long time and requires the compliance and dedication of the patient. Today, our culture has a poor concept of what makes up a good diet. Fast paced lifestyle often gives rise to poor choices regarding our diet. As a result, we see deterioration in the quality of people’s lives in the form of obesity, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and arthritis in adults as well as in our children.

Traditional Chinese Medicine incorporates nutrition different from that of our Western nutrition. It determines the energetic and therapeutic properties of food, season, geographical location, and the patient’s chief complaint. This allows the practitioner to customize a nutritional plan for each patient’s needs.

We suggest the following general dietary guidelines while undergoing acupuncture therapy.


While under treatment, nothing cold is to be eaten or drunk.
Keep warm and get plenty of rest.
Do not work too hard, swim in cold water, catch cold, or stay under a cold shower or air conditioning too long.
Do not arrive for treatment on a full or empty stomach.


a) Three slices of fresh ginger root.
b) One teaspoon of brown sugar or honey (optional)
c) One cup of water
d) Put together, bring to a boil, simmer five to ten minutes. Drink one cup each day.