What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Patients who have received inoculations or other medical injections (shot) from a hypodermic needle are sometimes fearful that acupuncture treatments will be as painful. But such is not the case.

Medical hypodermic needles are stiff, hollow and thick for forcing liquids into the patients flesh, usually an uncomfortable, if not painful procedure.

Typically acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger around than a human hair or piece of thread. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain.

Insertion of the slender needles goes unnoticed by some, and to others feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, ache, traveling warmth or heaviness.

Sometimes people feel "chi" moving at a distance from the point of insertion.

First-time patients are usually amazed at how comfortable they are during treatment.

Depending on the patient’s condition and the treatment plan, each acupuncture treatment averages thirty to forty-five minutes.

Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Some notice a relief of symptoms or feel more energetic in the days that follow treatment.

Most people are pleased to find the sessions are not uncomfortable and even look forward to them.

Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. 

This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.