• FAQ: Does Acupuncture hurt?

    April 2, 2018 | Julie Moore
  • This question is absolutely the one I hear more than any other. And it is almost always followed by ‘I’m afraid of needles’.  

    Since most patients have only experienced hypodermic injection needles at the doctor’s office, I totally understand why someone would be afraid at the thought of any needles. I have good news!

    Good news #1: Acupuncture needles are completely different from hypodermic needs. These thin, single-use, sterile needles are about the width of a thread. And they are quite flexible. I commonly offer first-time patients the opportunity to see the needles before treatment. If this is something that will ease your mind, definitely ask to see them.

    Good news #2: Acupuncture is not painful. No pain...but you may experience some sensation.

    First, when the needle is inserted you may feel a tiny pinprick, somewhat like a mosquito bite. This sensation will go away quickly. If you feel something more painful, or if it does not go away, tell your acupuncturist. It is likely that she/he will adjust the needle or remove it and reinsert a new one.

    Once the needle is inserted, you may feel it doing the work it is intended to do; we call this de qi. Patients experience de qi differently. Some may feel little or nothing at all. Others may feel a sensation such as mild tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a slight dull ache. These are all good and expected experiences. It means that things are moving and change is happening!

    When it comes to your body, communication is important. If you are uncomfortable or experiencing pain that does not go away, tell your acupuncturist. And if you have questions, always ask. The relationship between you and your acupuncturist is an important partnership and the goal is your health and wellbeing.

    To learn more about how acupuncture can help you, please visit my website or call for a consultation. www.WindroseAcupuncture.com or call 215-279-9136.

    Acupuncture is a safe effective way to ease the physical and emotional pains of life. At Windrose Acupuncture I offer personalized holistic care in a compassionate setting. Along with treatment, I suggest lifestyle strategies focused on diet, exercise, and meditation to support your healing process between visits.

    Book your appointment today. Visit www.WindroseAcupuncture.com or call 215-279-9136.

    Julie Moore is an NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist and the founder of Windrose Acupuncture. Influenced by her studies in both the US and South Korea, Julie’s effective use of Acupuncture and other Asian Medicine therapies enables patients to overcome physical and emotional barriers to achieve wellness and balance in their lives.