I am often asked do acupuncture needles hurt? Unlike hollow injection needles, these are solid, and with a typical diameter of between 0.16 and 0.25 mm, around the thickness of a human hair.
The actual insertion should be comfortable though a momentary sensation of numbness, tingling or aching is often felt. This is referred to by practitioners as ‘deqi’ or ‘contacting the qi’, and is a sign that the acupuncture point has been correctly stimulated. In ancient texts this is often compared to the fish taking the bait on a fisherman`s hook. Though it is not accurate to say the procedure is painless, it should not usually be painful either. In other words, a good Acupuncturist should be able to get maximum response with minimum discomfort. As one patient said:-
Once the needle is in place you cannot feel it, but sometimes have nice, warm tingling sensations, depending on the points.
For acupuncture in Nottingham with comfortable needling, please call Martin Dean on 07969 413158 .