Healing Acupuncture

Does It Hurt?

Acupuncture should not cause much pain, but the needle may slightly hurt as it breaks the skin, usually this pain goes away quickly. Once the needle is inserted it will be gently manipulated until Qi is felt. How acupuncture feels will vary depending on where the needle is placed on the body. If you are sick or on your menses it may be more sensitive. If you are sensitive, your practitioner can change the thickness of the needle, or may have you do breathing exercises while the needles are inserted to reduce sensation. 

There are many people afraid of the pain associated with needles. This is not uncommon and it's due in large part to vaccine syringe needles that are extremely painful and hurt. This is traumatic for both young people and even adults. Many people carry this negative experience in their memory without reasoning out the relationship of the various needle sizes.  Please see the comparison chart image to the left.

I too suffered with this trauma. I would pass out when getting a shot or when having blood drawn, even into my adulthood. I thank the LORD I was able to overcome it and experience the wonderful benefits of acupuncture.  Overall most patients do not consider acupuncture to be painful and they find the benefits outweigh any discomfort.     

What You Can Expect

 Each person who performs acupuncture has a unique style, often blending aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, your practitioner may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle. He or she may also closely examine: 

  •  The parts of your body that are painful
  • The shape, coating and color of your tongue
  • The color of your face
  • The strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wris

 This initial evaluation and treatment may take up to 2-3 hours depending on your needs. Subsequent appointments usually take about an hour to an hour and a half.  A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it's common to receive six to eight treatments. 

During The Procedure

Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncture practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A gown, towel or sheet will be provided. You lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:

  • Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. People often don't feel them inserted at all. Between ten and 30 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth.
  • Needle manipulation. Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
  • Needle removal. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 20 to 40 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.

After The Procedure

Some people feel relaxed and others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment. But not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be right for you.


The benefits of acupuncture are sometimes difficult to measure, but many people find it helpful as a means to control a variety of painful conditions.

Several studies, however, indicate that some types of simulated acupuncture appear to work just as well as real acupuncture. There's also evidence that acupuncture works best in people who expect it to work. Acupuncture has few side effects, so it may be worth a try if you're having trouble controlling pain with more-conventional methods.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

This will depend on what you are wanting to work on. It is important to know that one acupuncture treatment will not adequately address your issues. Chronic diseases that have set in the body for a extended period of time, will take time to be corrected. Even acute issues like a cold or flu may require 1-3 treatments to be successfully eliminated

Try to commit to 5-10 treatments before you make an opinion about its efficacy, although you should see results before that.