Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, – about the diameter of a strand of hair. Insertion by a skilled practitioner usually will be completely painless; in most cases, needles are inserted just below the surface of the skin. Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of getting an injection, as the main source of pain from injections is the hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure.
How Do Most People Respond to Acupuncture?
Insertion of the slender needle goes unnoticed by some patients, while and tto others it feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling and warmth.
In some cases, you may have fatigue, sleepiness, fever, or may sometimes feel that your symptoms have worsened after your treatment. We call this “Meigen” in Japanese, and this is a sign that acupuncture is having a strong effect on you. Patients who experience this usually have great treatment results, and it means that your body is responding very well to the treatment. There is nothing to worry about, and the symptoms will recede in no time. Please consult with your practitioner when you experience this.
Usually, relaxation and/or elevation of spirit accompanies the treatment. It is normal to wish to continue resting, as many people are in their deepest relaxation state by the end of the session. Some notice a relief of symptoms or feel more energetic in the days that follow treatment. Most people are pleased to find that the sessions are not uncomfortable and even look forward to them.