Do Acupuncture Needles Hurt?

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.

Do Acupuncture Needles Hurt?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 .

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About Martin Dean

Acupuncturist and University Lecturer Martin Dean has over 20 years clinical experience. He has a specialist interest in treating fertility issues and is also a founder member of Zita West's Network for Reproductive Health so you not only get the benefit of Martin's individual expertise but, through the network, the experience of Zita and her colleagues. In his spare time he practices tai chi to promote calmness and maintain health.