Does Acupuncture Hurt?

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When I tell people I am an acupuncturist, the first question they ask is, “does acupuncture hurt?”  Then even when I assure them that it doesn’t, they look at me skeptically.

The top part of the acupuncture needle is the handle and is not inserted

So here is a little illustration I found to help explain why.  Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and flexible.  (They also come in sterile sealed packages and are used only one time before being disposed of in a sharps container).

The closest thing I can think of is to compare it to a mosquito bite.  Most of the time, you never feel the bite itself, you only notice it after it starts to itch.  In a similar way, often acupuncture is completely painless.  After the needle is inserted, patients often ask, “did you do it already?” And then look surprised at the needle sticking out of their skin!

The most important thing is the benefit of acupuncture: it has been proven to alleviate pain and discomfort, not cause it!  

After the needles are inserted, often patients fall asleep while the body uses the signals from the needles to do it’s job.  Click here to learn more about how acupuncture works.

Should a patient be unusually sensitive to needles, remember that your acupuncturist is a practitioner of Chinese Medicine and can use other modalities such as herbal medicine, moxabustion, gua sha, and eastern nutrition therapy in order to help you reach your goals.

Contact us now for a free phone consultation to find out how Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help you!

 

 

 

 

 

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