Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. There is very little sensitivity to the insertion of an acupuncture needle. While some people feel nothing at all; others experience a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin. This may be followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling, numbness, traveling warmth, or heaviness. The needles are left in place for approximately 20-25 minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting. Some patients even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.
What happens when a needle is inserted?
There are four responses that occur in the body when a needle is inserted. This includes:
What to do if you are afraid of needles
Chinese medicine is comprised of many healing modalities. If you are afraid of needles, your treatment can focus on non-needle alternatives such as massage therapy, moxibustion, cupping, guasha, and warm/cold compresses. The amount of needles used during a treatment can also be reduced to 3-4 needles. See Non-needle Alternatives
Cat Loves Acupuncture
This is how the majority of people receiving acupuncture look and feel during and after receiving acupuncture. It does not take long for the endorphins to kick in and send you into a very peaceful, meditative place.