This along with "How soon can it help me?" are the two most frequently asked questions during our consultations. I will address the effectiveness question in the next post, but today I wanted to address the all important "hurt" issue. There are several things to mention here.
1. Unlike injection needles acupuncture ones are solid. I.e. without a hole in the middle so they dont rip the skin but rather slide through.
2.Acupuncture needles a very thin, about 1/10 of the injection needle.
Both of these facts allow for a painless insertion of acupuncture needle.
3.Additionally, there are different styles of acupuncture which employ different types/sizes of needles, different amount of points used in each treatment and various degrees of stimulation. We, at the Center for Integrative Medicine, employ two of the gentlest styles: Japanese acupuncture and Five Element acupuncture. These styles while acclaimed for extreme effectiveness utilize insertion of thinner needles and use fewer treatment points as well as fewer treatment sessions making for a very comfortable experience suitable even for kids, elderly and fragile patients.
4. While insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless, once we reach an acupuncture point a certain specific sensation is expected.
It does not rise to the intensity of "pain", but is rather a distinctive aching feeling and a lot of times the needle is removed immidiatly upon obtaining this sensation called "Chi".